Sunday, October 15, 2017

Taking a break, soon

The party last night was a huge hit. ABout half the people invited could not make it, but that's ok. We  had about 15, plus two other dogs. It was fun, though Holly kept growling and barking at one dog, who was so cute and running around. Holly is quite terroritorial.

It was exhausting, though. By 11 p.m. the last of our friends were lingering and I was falling asleep. Last night I climbed into bed around 11:15, and we left the mess for today, and I slept until 6 a.m. I never get that much sleep!

Today we went to breakfast at Farmer Girl and we were going to Amelia's, but I pointed out that we still have to plant the hibicus we got last week, and we needed to clean up. So we returned home, and he planted and I cleaned the kitchen. We watered the garden as well, the flowers are blooming and it's looking good. The rain we've had has truly helped. The basket of lantana is blooming and the butterflies love it.

I feel like I'm getting back my butterfly garden after teh hurricane. Even the strawberry guava tree that got pushed over from Irma and is now propped up seems more sturdy.

Thursday I got a lot of writing done - 4,000 words. Then Friday was the cleaning lady and a friend came over to fix my computer. Very little done - esp. since I had to really clean up before the cleaning lady. Just stuff like putting away 2 cases of water, and 4 cases of dog food ordered before the hurricane, just in case, took time. But the house really needed cleaning.

It's been a crazy three weeks since the hurricane and Cookie being sick and Holly having major diarrhea, so I'm so far behind on my projects. I keep wondering what it would feel like to have nothing to do other than work PT at the day job. PPL don't realize how time consuming it is to write and promote. even a good friend who asked me about volunteering to read, and I had wanted to do it, doesn't understand how long it takes to write a book, let alone promote it.

Today I'm reviewing MF and then formatting, as I have to get it into the hands of the ARC team and have it uploaded to Amazon by Wed. for preorder final status.

I also looked at my book income. ha ha. 

This summer I decided to experiment with two different genres under two different pen names. The first was launched in a big boxed set with several other authors. It was "clean and wholesome." That boxed set made USA Today. I released the followup story this month.
I've made exactly $14 on all platforms with the follow up story. It was priced at 99 cents and it was a novella. The only advertising was a newsletter to the new subscribers for that name. I did this on purpose - to see if the boxed set readers would want to read the second story and they would be hooked on the first one. Big failure.
The second one was even more obscure. It was part of a PNR erotic serial released solely to KU. I wanted to see if releasing something new on KU, under another name, would garner any income.
That one tanked as well.
So my great experiment, in a summer filled with sales slumps for my backlist, has failed. I don't regret it because it was an experiment. And this is the good thing about indie publishing - I can pull the plug and let these pen names die a dignified death without worrying about fulfilling more books for a traditional NY publishing contract.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

No more

I simply can't do this anymore.  I've tried and tried and I give up. 

Others writing in my genre are selling better. Working harder at promoting themselves, and promoting smarter. I can't do it. 

These days, for me to make half the income I made two years ago, I have to work twice as much and promote three times as much. And I simply do not have that kind of time. 

Working three days a week, and the work is getting more demanding, leaves me too drained at night to do any writing or promoting. That leaves Thursday through Sunday. And those are the days when I have errands to run, vet appointments to keep, things like renting out the condo, etc. 

There is too much information out there and I can't wrap my mind around it. Join this group and take advantage of our newsletter promotion! Reach more readers! Take out this ad! Post in this FB group! 

I could spend all my free time trying to plug my books and not have any time to write. 

That isn't why I aspired to become an author. 

This week has been overwhelming. Last week I spent all my free time, my writing/promoting time, on coaxing the dogs to better health. Running one to the vet. Cooking for them. Cleaning up after them. Every hour on Saturday, I was feeding them. No time to write. 

Last month I blew two weeks away because of Hurricane Irma. Prepping. Cleaning up. No power. 

This week everything is catching up to me. Applying for a loan so we have cash to fix things that the hurricane broke - like the fence. Paying bills. Cleaning the house for a party this weekend. 

You see, the party is really important to me because it means getting together with our friends. I've already sacrificed so much for my writing career. 

If I had an assistant who could help me - by sending out newsletters, and plugging my books and doing promotional things that work, maybe it would be different. I could focus on the writing. the research. All the things an author NEEDS to do to have a viable career. 

But I don't have one. It takes time to find one. 

I'm too exhausted to pay attention to this anymore.  Too discouraged. Too depressed. 

I'm done. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lowered expectations

I doubt I will finish Snowbound by Thursday. It's too much work.

I went in late to work yesterday because of dogs, stuff. Left work early for me - after 5. Then we went to dinner right away and got home, rested, relaxed, and we were in bed asleep by 9:30 p.m.

I managed to sleep until 2:30 a.m. - five lovely hours! Most I've had of straight, uninterrupted sleep in a long time. Went right back to sleep after the restroom. Woke at 5 a.m. when he fed Holly her chicken after fluids. Did the dishes at 5:45 a.m. and made coffee and then fell back into bed, curling up with my "marshmallows," as someone I know calls pillows, and holly. It was heaven, for 30 minutes. Got up and did another AMZ giveaway, which took time. And then made the doggies more food, which took time.

I had wanted to get to work by 8 a.m. at the latest. No such luck. Even with bringing my own coffee and not stopping for Dunkin, I didn't clock in until 8:20. Argh. Now I will have to stay late to make up my hours.

Such is life. I'm glad I still work, but it's rough with trying to finish books and promote. I'm working more hours due to more projects.

The great experiment with Tia was a complete and utter failure. The boxed set did great for others; not for me. I did make back the money, and that was it. I entered the boxed set with the expectation that I could launch a new pen name, and a new genre (clean and wholesome) without too much marketing effort - to let the readers in the boxed set read the story and then want to buy the next book.

Well, either they didn't care for my story, or never read it, or didn't want to bother with the next one, bc story #2 came out yesterday. i've sold maybe 28 copies on Amazon. That's it. Much less on the other sites. omg, what a flop. It's not the writing. It's a cute story. But no one wants to read it.

So there goes my summer of experimenting and I doubt I will finish Book #2. I have a website, which is free, and a FB page. I didn't want to spend much marketing money on this new name. I was in it to make money and it's a huge loss. Buh-bye. Sigh.

Anyway, the good news is Cookie pooped. That was a relief, for all of us, lol. I put a little olive oil in her food and thru an eyedropper last night. Both ate well, the pet sitter said. Crossing my fingers that they have really turned a corner. BC of that, we are still doing this party for Saturday. Birthday party to celebrate Cookie turning 15 Oct. 15. Its our 22nd' year anniversary, too. Just a reason to have a party - after the stress and strain of hurricane Irma.

Promotion wise I am trying to get more Amazon followers. Not sure if they will buy my books, but hell, at least Amazon will alert them when I have a new release out, which is more than I have now. Anything Amazon can do for me, I'll take. The marketing power of that monster is awe inspiring, which is why Book Bub does so well.

I looked at my book income for this year - yuk. I had a great month in May and I thought it was because of a new release and realized, no, my last new release - indie - was June. May was the Bookbub. Sigh. I can't seem to get another one.

I need to figure out a promo schedule and a writing schedule. Try to have some balance in my crazy busy life. The minutes keep ticking by quickas I blink.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Playing catchup

I'm so far behind on projects. Last Sunday. Oct. 1, Holly was doing great and then Monday she got sick with the runs. She was sick ALL week and then Cookie got it. Today, a week later, both "seem" ok. Such is life with elderly dogs.

I spent thursday cleaning up after her, worrying about her, doing stuff like cooking for her. Friday took her to the vet. Saturday was giving them both baby food every hour to have a little something in their tummies.

Yesterday was the first day I was able to sit down and really write. I wrote 3,000 words on Snowbound. I have a good idea where this is going and how to end it, but I was supposed to be writtng the HQ book due in 2 months. The only way I will finish the HQ book is by taking a few days away by myself to power write.

And then I"m taking a break from projects.

I did make time on Friday, after rushing poor Holly to Quiet Waters bc the immodium was NOT stoping the runs, to meet the girls for breakfast. Two precious hours, including time spent talking with TH about the business. So glad I did this. I needed to break free.

Someone on a loop on FB posted an article about women going through a midlife crisis and how it is harder for women these days in their 40's than it was our parents' generation. I agree. We are under so much pressure to earn money, do more, do it faster. I never seem to catch up. ON Thursdays and Fridays, my writing days, I end up doing errands.

I did indulge in a book last night before bedtime and read, which was a real treat!

Hopefully by Thursday I will have Snowbound almost all finished.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

just ugh

Everything is catching up with me.

I had intended to finish/make good progress with SB/Adrian's book. Tuesday we had to rush poor Cookie into the hospital with a suspected brain tumor. Thank you sweet lord she is OK. And then the TFH (code word for our current PITA) dealt us a prob and I had to deal with that. Major time suck, looking at old paperwork, consulting with a friend, etc. That was Thursday and Friday, my precious writing days.

Today is Sunday and it's a really not great day. I've worked all weekend, trying to get caught up. Irma shaved two weeks off my writing time, so all weekend I have been frantically trying to finish frenzy. No work done on SB. I had planned to release SB in November. Adn I have my HQ book I MUST start writing again. It's due in two freaking months.

This crazy pace, and the 60% drop in my book income, is not worth it. Soon as I turn in my HQ book, I'm not writing.

I need to focus on me, and my needs. Not trying to make money. The promotion to put into a book, to sell a few lousy copies is astounding. I want to be having fun on weekends, instead of chained to a desk.

Today I:
- sent out a newsletter about my new Oct. HQ release (1 hour time)
- finished Frenzy (4 hours and edits)
- paid vendor bills (1 hour)
- uploaded messages to FB about books (1 hour)
- uploaded stuff for the pen name's book out this month
- tried to revise the listing for headers and subheads for AMZ so they won't reject my ad again
- applied for a bookbub (fruitless)
- wanted to bang my head against the wall (productive)

This business is slowly killing me. It was good when I made enough money to help pay bills. Now it's just sucking out all my energy and my life.

Monday, September 25, 2017

New stuff

Started writing a new novella that I intend to come out in December. It's going to be no more than 20,000 words and it's Adrian and Darcy's story. He's such an arrogant alpha and she's a shifter who can turn into any animal or insect form.

Asked readers if they would be interested and got an overwhelming response of yes. Now I have to make time to write it, as this is the last week I allocated to myself before starting serious work on the Colton's book due in December.

No rest for the weary author. Wish I made more money from my books. This has been a horrid month on Amazon. The worst. I have not promoted my work, but all the same, it's so horrible.

But I'll keep trying. We are looking at our financial picture and planning for the future.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Writing, recovering, etc.

Still a little shaky after last week. Tired. Post hurricane stress exhaustion, I guess. Between that and trying to play catchup on projects like Mating Frenzy, I'm pretty wiped. working m-W as well.

But also focusing on the future. Really liking the idea of buying a place in the mountains of NC to escape for the summer for the next hurricane. The panic, frenzy, fear and everything else, plus not having power, really grinds into you.

Lots of stuff to think about.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Survived Irma, all ok

I took the doggies and packed stuff, including Holly's fluids, and went to stay at a good friend's house down the street. Spent Sat and Sunday there, they had a pull out sofa. So sweet of them. Doggies were good except Holly kept wanting to chase their cat, but their cat hid.

Monday, a week ago, seems like years ago. Frank finally came home from work, came over to their house and we packed all my stuff and went back to the house. Big tree branches down, the strawberry guava tree leaning to one side, power out, of course. But that was it. The Keys got it the worst - landfall at Cudjoe Key. Power was out until Wednesday? Or was it Tuesday? I have a hard time remembering. Anyway, I didn't go back to work on Wed., I spent the day doing things around the house to try to restore it to normal. Again, brain cloud. Oh wait. I worked like crazy on Mating Frenzy to get it ready for the editor.

Same on Thursday and turned it in to the editor late Thursday. Friday I went back to work. I swear, that person in my department needs to smoke pot or something. She was just as stressful as the damn hurricane.

Saturday and Sunday we spent cleaning up around the house, and yesterday, thanks to John and DH, my poor little strawberry guava tree got straightened. We also worked all afternoon on repairing the fence, which is sagging and rotting, but at least it's up. Our neighbors to the north are elderly and on a fixed income and they were not going to do anything about it. At least he thanked DH when it was fixed.

So there is a lot to think about for the future. What do we do next time? Stay here because DH is working, again? Retire early so we have the choice to leave? My nerves can't take another one, and we got real real lucky with this one. A direct hit at a cat 3-4-5 would have creamed us.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wed, Sept 6, Irma getting closer

Oy. See saw today with emotions. 5 am advisory it looked to hit us head on, with us on the bad side - the right side. Then DH told me the forecast shifted to the east, and now we are on the good side.

Worst hurricane winds supposed to be here Sunday.

I've been looking at the Weather Channel's 10 day forecast for my city - Sunday winds at 74 mph. That was yesterday. Today, winds at 114 mph. And about 10 minutes ago, 133. And now back to 117 mph.

It's going to be bad. My nerves are shot. I'm cringing going through this alone with two elderly pups, one of whom has renal failure.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Keep telling myself not to panic

I hate hurricanes. But when you live in Florida, they are a reality. PPL on social media are screaming leave the state, it's a killer. Many people ARE leaving. Two friends already booked flights north. A friend's son is packing his camper with the dogs and getting on the road.

We can't leave.

Not only because we have Cookie and Holly, who are frail and elderly, but because DH has to work at the hospital. It's really nerve wracking. They don't know if it will swerve right or left. Either way we will get hurricane force winds. But at 185 mph, with gusts of 210!!! Hurricane Irma is a scary ass storm, the size of Florida from coast to coast.

Just praying we will be okay. I invited an author friend with her dog, who is sick, to stay with us. We'll see.

How much can change in a week

Hurricane fatigue for real this week. Hurricane Irma is supposed to affect Florida, my area, though we don't know how bad it will be. The turn to the north will be too late to save the state. Oy.

We have impact windows, an impact garage door and shutters for the back bedroom, which does not have new windows. Condo has impact windows in the back.

Generator has gas, I have supplies and four cases of water. More dog food arriving tomorrow. I have to get more Cerenia for Holly; otherwise; all her meds are stocked up.

I've been watching this thing since last Thursday and dreading it. From the time it was a blip in the ocean, I sensed it would be bad.

On the good news front, I FINISHED the first draft of Mating Frenzy. DH was off yesterday, so I worked and worked. It's 51,000 words, far too long, but I reason i will cut some. Very rough. Still many scenes have to polish, and add in the love scene, which always comes last. But I wrote 51,000 words in one month.

It's why I'm taking Sept. off from the Colton book due in Dec. I'll pay attention to it the end of this month and give myself a break. The Tia stories are going to tank, I sense. Not going to do much promo on those.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Writing, hurricanes and weariness

I have hurricane fatigue and I don't even live near Texas or LA. The constant photos and news coverage and my FB feed has left me stressed, sad and weary. I want to help. I am praying. But there is little else I can do, other than give money. And that is so frustrating. I hate seeing people in pain, losing their homes, their pets, their loved ones. It's horrible.

So at some point I have to pull myself back from everything, yeah, maybe like a turtle in its shell. Self-preservation. Irma is out there and DH wants us to stock up on pet meds and fluids for Holly (she gets 200 ml each day to keep her alive). It's exhausting, and troublesome, hurricane season. And the storms are bound to be worse with global warming.

Anyway, all I can do is get ready this weekend and do the things that we haven't done all season, like buy canned food and trim the trees and make sure we are ready. If it gets close to us, DH buys gas to store for the generator. I hate being alone during a hurricane, but he has to work and man the hospital's generators in case they lose power. HE has a really important job during a hurricane.

Hopefully we won't get any storms near us. But it's a crap shoot each season.

Last night the stress got to me. I choked again on my dinner and spent the rest of the night throwing up. Gross. My throat muscles close up and I can't breathe. Happened in Spearfish at a restaurant. I threw up all over my dinner at the table. Gross. The only good thing was there was no one else at the restaurant except staff.

I have to remind myself to chew and chew and chew and slowly. Don't eat in a hurry. And water is a culprit because I swallow a lot and my throat muscles squeeze tight. My poor esophagus probably looks like the inside of a pipe filled with corrosion.

Anyway, I need to get back to writing Mating Frenzy. I do like this story a lot. Must focus. Trying to finish this weekend. TG we have labor day off. Hopefully I will NOT have to spend that day prepping for a hurricane.

Monday, August 28, 2017


Ah Monday, you slay me. Spent the weekend looking at the horrific devastation in TX, and writing, trying to figure out what I can do to help. Sent some pet food via Amazon. Will do more.

And the day job... lots of projects, some drama, projects, drama...sigh.

But I'm up to 36,000 words on Kieran's story. It's longer, of course, than I had expected. I'm on the second half, which is set in Florida. Need to focus on their goals and conflict. Ella's is she wants to be free and break out of her rut of a life, and now suddenly she is tossed into it. All her life she's been told fantasy and imagination are bad, and now she's thrust rudely into a dangerous world where things can kill with claws.

Kieran's is that skins are bad, the skin world is bad. But Ella has lived in Skin her whole life, so he is beginning to bend a little. Still, he hates the skin world, and fears failing her like he failed his sister.

Darcy, new character, she is going to have a love interest and maybe I'll write a short story around her. The love interest will be a half-human, half shifter, I think.

Tough on days like this to get motivated and creative. This schedule of working 9-10 hour days three days a week and then off, is tiring. Trying to find ways to adjust and squeeze in "me" time. Did not have much this weekend.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Making good progress

I worked hard Monday thru Wed at the day job, finishing a couple of projects. Then on Thursday, I actually worked on my book. I didn't take time off to relax, but set to the work.

Yesterday, Friday, I made my goal. I finally reached 30,000 words on Kieran's story. That was huge. I did it despite having to lug poor Cook cook to the vet bc she had major diarhea. Bloody. But I got an appointment at 9:15 and they are right around the corner, so it was much faster than hauling her 25 minutes away to our regular vet. And sometimes I can't get in until later.

Then in mid-morning, our neighbor's dog got loose. Again. Drama, drama. I looked outside, and there he was, running around. No one wants to see the poor dog get hurt or hit by a car. I hope they finally can get him locked up.

So I kept plugging away and last night DH needed a drink so we went out. Came home to watch coverage of the hurricane, and then I reached my writing goal.

Still need to finish the part of the book where they are in CO, and then head to Florida. Almost done. Needed a new scene in the library, so Ella and Kieran have more "touch" time, meaning, getting to know you time and he helps her with translations.

Hoping to write another 2-5,000 words this weekend, and finish by Labor Day. Book heads to an editor on Sept. 15. Yay!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

need a vacation after vacation

I was soooo productive while we were away. Got new ideas for the story, was really inspired, and I wrote like mad. Now I am back to the day job and wiped out. I'm so exhausted I'm ready to drop. Worked 10 hours today because I had a huge project due.

This is the quandary I have been faced with for the last few months. I work about 9-10 hours for three days at the day job, and by Thursday, my "day off" for writing, I"m exhausted. And then it is catching up on promo stuff like sending out newsletters, or updating newsletters, etc. So I don't even get to write until Friday and if I have a doctor's appointment or a vet appointment, forget it.

That was why I was so pleased last weekend with the progress made on Mating Frenzy. Despite going away, despite not having a dedicated day to writing, I squeezed it in. I wrote on my alpha smart on the drive over, I scribbled ideas on my phone. It felt wonderful!

I don't know what the answer is. I really don't.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Writing and getting organized

So my writing schedule is pretty much set. My two "experimental" projects with other names look like they will tank. It's really tough these days to set up pen names and get a following thru indie publishing. It takes time, a lot of promo and effort, and money, and I'm not willing to expend much on this.

I had reasoned that 2017 would be the summer of experimenting. Now I have done it, and depending upon how one name does next month, I'll finish the second puppy book, publish it and that's it.

I'm more concerned with finishing Kieran's story. I want to finish it by Sept. 9th. I have off Labor Day from work, so I can work on it that day.Then my plan is to get it edited, and publish it by Oct. 1. I'm going to possibly participate in a big iBooks sale with one of my books that month, so that will be a nice bit of promo for that book.

It's all about the money right now.

But I am having fun with Kieran's book. He's such a tease. Fun, too. Not serious and brooding like some of the wizards.

My promo plans include putting the prologue for free on Book Funnel, and possibly part of the first chapter as a gift/way to hook readers. Newsletter, of course. We shall see.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Productive, fun weekend

Thursday, we drove over to Ft. Myers Beach for dh's birthday. It was wonderful. We took the dogs and stayed at the pet friendly inn where we always stay with them. They love it. I walked Cookie in her pink stroller on the beach each a.m. and DH walked Holly on a leash.

I got lots of lovely inspiration for The Mating Frenzy, and wrote 9,500 words, the most productivity I've had in a long while.

And now we are home. I'm depressed. Not because we are home, but because it's back to routine. We had such a lovely mini vaca - and it was so nice spending quality time together - taking a sunset cruise, walking on the beach with the dogs, and doing simple things.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Frustrating weekend

We had a great afternoon yesterday when we went to a friend's house for a little wine and cheese party. Drank wonderful wine, had some snacks, including a low fat cheese dip I made. Then a  friend from out of town came over and we bbqed chicken outside.

But it is frustrating for me because I had four days off and I only was able to write 5,000 words all weekend. Thursday I had errands. Because I worked such long hours M-W, I could not get anything done until then. It's the pattern - work and go home and eat and collapse.

So thursday, the day I started a new diet, I went to Best Buy to get a new tape recorder to dictate story notes and scenes to input into Dragon, which helps. I also bought a new journal for scheduling, and did some other catching up stuff. No writing. Author stuff like sending out a newsletter, etc. Trying to get my lousy book sales to rise a little.

Friday, forget it. Poor Holly was sick with a painful tummy, so at 8 a.m. I was at the ER with her. Got her home at 2 - 2:30. Day was shot, as I was trying to get her to eat, relax, etc. worried about her. No writing.

Saturday was better. DH was at the train park, so I had breakfast with a good friend at Denny's - egg whites and grape tomatoes and whole wheat toast and fruit. Got home around 10:30 and started working. Worked on and off, but only wrote 2,500 words. Then we went out to eat.

Sunday, breakfast in Lake Worth, Kmart to buy a lock and key for a locker for the new fitness center I plan to join, and then home. Then to publix for shopping. Made a low fat cheese dip for yesterdays party, then fed the doggies. Trying to feed Holly 4x a day to go easier on her tummy.

Finally got to writing in the afternoon, wrote 1500 words.

So I'm at 10,000 words on Kieran's story, which isn't bad except I had wanted to be at 15,000 at least. I need to get most of this finished by this month's end bc next month I HAVE to start back with the HQ story.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New book

I've gone back to my "roots," so to speak, and started another Werewolves book, this time with a jaguar shifter, but the heroine is a wolf. I have 5,000 words already, which is terrific. It will be even more terrific when I can get up to 20,000 words by next week.

I set aside the Tia books because I need to write something that at least will sell, even if it's only a few hundred copies. thus, this book.

Hoping this goes well!

Monday, August 7, 2017

August already... wow

I've slowed down. Don't know what happened, but all the sudden I've been exhausted. Could be partly due to RWA late July. That conference is terrific, but always tires me out and then I come home, unpack, do laundry and boom! Back to the day job. Plus last week on my days off I had personal stuff to attend to, so the writing suffered.

I'm returning to another wolf book because I have the sinking feeling that the Tia books are gonna tank, waste of time and money and these days, I hate wasting both. I have only 10,000 words left on the puppy peril book, but I set it aside yesterday to work on the Mating book, which will introduce a new series. See, I have a small but very loyal group of core readers and those are the ones I know will buy my books. Tia has no readers. She "may" gain some from the boxed set, but it's a gamble.

It's a damn frustrating business these days. I remember well back in 2014 when all I had to do was release a book, put it on FB and I'd get lots of sales and make lovely money. It's why I was able to go PT at the day job. But even with the loss of income, I have no regrets about the PT at the day job because my health was suffering.

Today is Monday, and I have worked all day and I'm too tired to go home and write. Maybe if I got more than 4 hours of sleep each night, continuously, it would help.

Tomorrow is another day, as Scarlett always said. Hopefully tomorrow I will write!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Writing, writing

So, I decided on July 8 that I needed to write a short story, well, Tia did, that would expand on PL1 so I could have another book to sell.

I started it July 8 and finished this past Sunday. 19,500 words in ONE WEEK.

I am still wiped out.

The focus returns to PP, which has about 25,000 words. Goal is to reach 40,000. I am hoping to get to 30,000 by this weekend.

RWA is next week, so it's last minute stuff, trying to get ready. This weekend DH was running trains, so it was my butt in seat writing weekend. But I also went shopping for conference clothes, always a challenge when you've gained weight. I haven't been to RWA since 2014, so there's some extra pounds there. Urk.

I got some nice dresses, and I'm all set. Ordered bookmarks for Tia, hopefully those will be in by Tuesday when I leave. I'm leaving at night and driving to Melbourne to spend the night so I can cut back on my drive time Wed. Mostly everyone is getting in on Tuesday, but I have to work. Have to earn money to pay bills!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


I have two weeks until RWA. Of course I decided, last minute, to write another Tia short story so that Tia will have two releases almost back to back, to build momentum, since the first story will be exclusive to the boxed set for a full six months.

And here I go! I have 5,000 words so far and I can't make progress on Chandler's story until I finish PL2. I do have a cover, at least.

I'm dining with my editor and the other HRS authors on Wed. at RWA, and then we are meeting solo on Thursday. I'll have to come up with a proposal to pitch her.

I've also decided to drive to Melbourne to cut down on my driving time on Wed. Stay at a hotel that Tues night and then continue on in the am. Beats driving 3-4 hours on WEd.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Working thru the panic

By writing steadily. I started with 15,000 words on Thursday, my "day off" from the day job. Thursday and Friday are my writing days.

Today is Sunday and so far I have written 8,000 words. Only 2,000 yesterday because I was tired and burned out and stuck. So I'm up to 23,000 words on this 40,000 word story. Not bad.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


IN a real funk and panic about RWA. Almost tempted not to go. Pressure, pressure. Not just the pressure of whatdoidowithmycareer but the pressure of idon'thavemanyfriendsthereandnoonetohangwithandtherewillbelotsofpeoplethere.

I'm trying to write a book in a new genre, which is going well when I can write. But the pressure I feel...zowers.

like I told a friend at work today, I feel like a Conestoga  wagon  on the Autobahn. Everyone is zipping by in their sports cars and I'm a few hundred years, and miles, behind them.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Vacation was great

Stress levels are down after 10 days away. It was a lot of work to get all ready to leave, as I had to cut and bag ALL the meds for the dogs and they are on a LOT of meds. I bagged all the meds and sorted them out for each day,and labeled them as well to make it easier. I did this to give me peace of mind as much as to make it easier for the pet sitter. Our wonderful neighbor also gave Holly her fluids.

After the second day, I could relax.

I got BW done right before vacation, got new glasses, Frank took Cookie to the vet. We got a LOT done and I also followed up with the eye doctor. I'm putting drops in my eyes 2-3 times a day to keep them wet. I do believe, after our vacation, that my eye stress is caused by too much computer time and staring at a screen. So I'm also eating more bananas to help with my eyes.


My BW came back - all within normal limits. Woot! Glucose was a little high - 100 out of 65-99, but the A/C hemoglobin that shows diabetes was 5.5. Test ranges for pre-diabetes are 5.7 to 6.4. Over 6.4 is diabetic. Yay! BUN/Creatine was 28, normal is 23. I think I was dehydrated.

My EOS (white blood cell count) was a little high - 0.6 and normal is 0.4. Not sure if it's allergies.

Anyway, I went back to work yesterday and today. We got home Tuesday and I spent Wed doing laundry, at the beach with DH and out to lunch with DH and a good friend, having drinks.

It's a four day weekend,as the office is closed Monday and Tuesday. I only work at the office one day next week. Yay.

I have RWA to prepare for - but most of all, I need to return to the sweet contemporary I'm writing so it can be published late Sept.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The price of stress...ow

Stress got to me. Plus wearing my contacts too long last night. DH had to go back into work at 9:30 and didn't get home until 1:30 and I took my contacts out too late. Then while I was sleeping, rapid REM, I scratched my cornea. ow ow ow.

I've never done this before. Ow.

I'll get an eyepatch tonight. The MD said I don't need one, but I think it will help. I have eyedrops and I can't wear my contacts for 7 days. Ow.

Too much going on. I have a new release out, and I have done little to promote it except send out a newsletter. I need to rest!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Writing and stuff

Made some progress this weekend on the second Billionaire book. A friend at work made a nice spreadsheet for me to track my progress.... I have to write about 1700 words each of the days I'm supposed to write, in order to make goal by July 31, when I need to turn this book over to an editor. 

I think it is doable. This weekend I decided to have Allegra live in a senior citizen complex because the rent is cheap and her BFF lives there, who is the activities director for that complex. Allegra, like Chandler, is stuck. She WANTS to move, WANTS to get another job, but feels pressured to stay in the same place with the same people (her mother lives there) and in the same job because Gary gave her the opportunity to make something of herself. She is now an account exec. and she could go places.

Chandler and Allegra will both discover they can encourage each other to heal from their respective pasts, and move on. They are right for each other, but it will take some time for them to acknowledge it. The desire and attraction are there, but the emotions and the logic get in the way. No pleasure, just business. 

The big challenge with this book is balancing the humor with the serious part. With the PNR, it's all dark and emotions and story. But these are lighter books. I don't want them too funny and silly, but I need some humor and lightness.

I believe I succeed with Emma and Max, now have to apply the formula to Allegra and Chandler. 

ON the personal side, finally at the point where i can breathe a little easier. Only have a few chores to do before we leave the house and thedogs in the hands of the pet sitter/house sitter. I want to make everything as clear and easy as possible. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New battery, errands, stuff

Had to get a new battery since mine died yesterday at work. It was a crazy day at work, I was in a four-hour meeting, and instead of leaving at 4:00 as I needed to do, I left at 4:45. And then I realized, I forgot to clock out! So I drove around the front, shut the engine off in a hurry, ran inside and clocked out and then all the sudden, I could NOT start my car.

We had lots of rain, up to 15 inches, over the past two days. I thought it was that. Anyway, JG at work jumped the battery, and I was able to get home. But DH tested the battery last night and said it was going bad.

So this am I took Holly in for her vet appointment so the pet sitter can take her to Quiet Waters IF there is some reason K or E can't do fluids while we are gone. She's now a patient. And then Cookie had the runs because I gave her too much Fage yogurt last night. So I cooked rice and mixed with chicken and fed her that.

Then I went to Sears. The new mattress is being delivered between 2-4 today. I have 2 loads of laundry to do, including sheets. And I also formatted the final generic epub for Mating Ritual, which I will upload when I get home. I formatted while I was at the Sears waiting room. I need to do a newsletter as well and send that out Saturday and Sunday, release day.

I'm tired, lol. I am almost finished with the master schedule for E for when we are gone. I want to make sure all bases are covered so we can go away and relax and don't have to worry, and she knows what is going on.

I got my cover for Navy Seal Protector, out Oct. It's nice. The guy looks a little like Hugh Jackman in Wolverine. I hope it sells well.

I have to decide what i'm going to do about my RS career. I finaled in the Daphne, which is real nice. It's a good award. But do I pursue a new HRS contract? Right now I don't even have time to write the Tia book I wanted to get out in September and i need to get cracking on the HQ book due in December.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rain, rain, epilogue

Got up yesterday at 5 and worked until it was time to go into the day job; then left the day job slightly after 6 p.m. Got home, went straight to the computer to format Mating Ritual and proof it ONE LAST TIME.

I didn't get the file finished and uploaded to Amazon until 9 pm.

Then I ate dinner. and drank wine. Too much. DH was already in bed by 9:30 as he gets up at 4 a.m.

I need our vacation.

But I am happy with the book and feel I did the best I could with it. Today I am at the day job again, it's break time. It's pouring outside; finally. We need the rain! I would love to be home in bed, snuggling with doggies. Or writing an epilogue to Gideon's story. This is the trouble with switching genres back and forth....I get soooo absorbed in that story that I want to continue it instead of returning to the story I NEED to be writing.

I can do a short extended epilogue. I was thinking about having  Alia and Gideon in their home and Gideon is troubled because he wants Alia to be happy and content, and she is having a little trouble adjusting. So he asks the goddess for advice and she tells him Alia has 2 other women she can befriend. And Alia, Niki, and Ciara all go to the Skin World and go shopping. Maybe they even take in a movie - Wonder Woman. I'd like to see Wonder Woman! But when?

Tomorrow J is coming over to work on the computer. Thursday I take holly to the vet at Quiet Waters and then the mattress is being delivered. Friday is my only free day, but I am getting the doggies groomed and we have a party for Alexis' graduation.

Saturday and Sunday are fairly free....but it's the weekend BEFORE we leave so I have to get EVERYTHING ready for the pet/house sitter.

I need more hours in the day. I realized this morning that i had spent 1-2 hours deleting photos on my camera after transferring them, so I could download an Uber app, since we are taking Uber back from the airport.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trying to play catch up

My back got better with the aid of the chiropractor. But on Saturday, I jammed my finger and ended up in the ER on Sunday. At least that went quickly. Somehow time really slipped away from me this weekend. I spent Saturday morning cleaning up my newsletter list and changing over to Mailerlite because they have great templates and their reporting stats are easy to read. Plus I tested them out and the gmail eddies get through, though not to the primary accounts. I have hopes my open rate will increase with Mailerlite.

It was a learning curve, and a time suck, but a necessary one.

Thursday I took Holly to the vet and she had a great check up. Woo hoo. She's doing good so far, knock wood. Hopefully she will continue this way.  Friday I went to the chiropractor again and did some errands. And did another check on the Tia story and sent the Gideon story out for formatting.

I screwed up on Gideon, sent it out before really proofing it. I had to work on the edits I got back, looking all those over, and then I had to add in a VERY important scene to flesh out a scene that the editor totally skipped over, because she would have seen that I goofed in not giving Alia her moment to confront Gideon. Thank goodness the beta reader caught it and pointed it out. So I "finished" Gideon's book on Thursday and sent it out for formatting to my wonderful, amazing formatting person.

Oy. I was not happy with the person who edited that story. Never again.  and then yesterday I realized I really goofed and there was a huge mistake so I had to start all over again with that book.

Yesterday when I got back from the ER I began to read Gideon's book line by line. Editing. I did not finish until 10:30 pm and I was exhausted. Then up again at 5 am to do it again, proof one more time. But it's done and formatted and I'm content with it. It's a really good story and readers deserve to have it as close to error free as possible.

So many things to do before we leave. Just getting the house ready for the pet/house sitter is a huge task. I have a big To Do list that I keep tackling, but I NEED to make time for us, and for myself and time to relax and time to write. I have a friend at work who is going to help me schedule. I'm anxious about the next two books and making sure I have enough time. She told me she is really good at doing schedules and putting in time to get everything done. So this week I plan to sit with her after work and see what I can do about the rest of the year and the HQ book due in December (the one I am researching the end of the month in S. Dakota) and the two Tia books I need to get written.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017


End of May and I've almost reached my goal for income. Almost. Very close.

And life is catching up to me. My body is. My back has been aching since Saturday. Sunday it was bad and yesterday it was v. nasty. Hoping to get to the chiropractor today for relief. Standing and walking is worse than sitting. Could be sciatica.

Back to the day job. I'm still so swamped. I have 20 pages of edits left on Gideon's book, plus a scene to toss in there to make it sound better. And the Tia story due June 1, which is done. And I wanted to get another 10,000 words done on the second Tia book. I have 10,000 already. Getting a new cover as well.

My newsletter needs work. Major work. And we still have to get the house ready before we leave it in the hands of the house sitter. Must call the rug guy and the cleaning lady. I have an appointment this Thursday with Holly's vet.

But we did get a lot accomplished this weekend, including cleeaning out the train room to put stuff in there. That was a task that took him a couple of hours. So glad that is done!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

New story is fun

I'm up to 10,000 words on the new puppy story I'm writing under another name. Woot! Wrote 4,000 words today. But I have to edit Gideon's book, too. That comes first. Still, I had to write. Editing is another mindset.

All three beta readers loved the first puppy story, and the proofreader did as well. They all thought it was cute. I hope I've latched onto something that will sell well. I am having fun with it.

Going for a swim at a neighbor's house, and then to good friends later for brats, wine and a car ride in his antique Chevy!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Wish every month could be this good...

For income, that is. I ran the numbers again for sales for this month. No new release. Not not next month, but wow, the Bookbub ad really paid off. Plus the ENT ad, though it was meh, gave it a little bump.

This month is the most money I've made with my indie books in more than a year. It's like the old days of 2013 have returned. Of course the sales are starting to lag again, but at least I did make some money, which is really encouraging. I exceeded by goal for the month.

It means I have more money to reinvest in the business, and pay bills without cringing. Run ads for my new project this summer.

The new book out next month is on sale for 99 cents for preorder. Sales rank was about 3,000 last night. I've sold almost 200 copies so far, and haven't advertised it. But I don't know if I will sell enough when I raise the price.

Wish I could find someone to do effective FB ads for me.

I am feeling more relaxed this morning now that the project is done. The first story, anyway. First beta reader responded with enthusiasm. Waiting on a couple of others. I did have fun writing this. And I sat down to outline the next story, which i need to get finished and edited by Sept. when the boxed set comes out. I want to release the second story right away, so readers don't have to wait.

I spent almost all of Saturday morning designing a website. I realized I needed one...and I secured the domain name as well. So that project is done.

I was going to take yesterday afternoon off. Funny thing is, the friend I'd texted to do something with yesterday stood me up. Well, not really. She was all set to do something and then she never responded to phone calls or my texts. So I went to the train park with the dog, walked her, came home and worked again, but at a less frenetic pace. And last night we went out with Karen and Andrew and their daughter, so that was really nice. I needed a break!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17

Better today. MIA person is alive, which is good. I have a goal to finish the 15,000 word short story by Sunday. I believe this can be done.

I'm working a full day today and DH has side jobs tonight. Tomorrow I plan to start early, and then go to a friend's house to write so I don't get distracted by house chores or dogs. I can do this!

I had better, since the story is due this week!

The ENT ad yesterday was meh in results. Maybe about 100 books sold on amazon. A blip on the sales chart. Sales rank dipped down to 2,800. So the Book Bub helped with the initial rank, and the ENT ad made it lower, but not spectacular.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Head desk kind of day

Hard to explain. One of those days. Issues at home, worried about the dog and her CRF and how we are supposed to go away next month (how are we supposed to relax if I am worried about the fluids and how Holly is going to eat?)

And leftover stuff from yesterday, from the person who is MIA that there is nothing anyone can do, to the fallout at HQ. And the editor who got the ax. It will affect me, in a distant way, because if I want to get a new contract for HQ, I will be competing against all those authors who are now homeless since their lines got cancelled. Five lines! Nocturne hit me the most... even though I saw the writing on the wall two years ago when they said that authors had to share a book. And distribution went downhill... the retailers didn't want the books. So if I had written for Nocturne, I could have been the bottom rung author and you could only find my book in B&N in paperback... even though my editor said I could write two books and have it to myself. Those books were so much FUN to write, but man, it took me a long time. I could barely churn out one a year working FT, with doing proposals and redoing them. 

Today was the ENT Book of the Day for Mating Challenge. I have tracked sales for MC through yesterday so I know how well the Book Bub did. I reasoned that anything sold today is because of the ENT ad. The sales rank dropped from 13,000 to 3,800, but it's nothing like what happened with the Book Bub. I'll tally the final results tomorrow. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15

I finally finished Gideon's book, sent it to two beta readers and the editor. First beta reader responded already; very good feedback. It needs work. I knew that scene needed to be in her POV. But I was in a rush. See what happens when you are in a rush?

I am setting the book aside and will address it this weekend when I get it back from the editor. After the extensive love scenes, the book came in at 61,000 words. Far longer than I had intended! I'm selling at preorder for 99 cents and then will up the price after 4 days of the release.

I have to get cracking on the short contemporary that is due in two weeks. I DO have some of it written, have not been able to focus on it. But it's only 15,000 words.

This past weekend I went to breakfast with two author friends at the beach. It was nice to talk writing. Things have changed so much over the years. Just to compare, I downloaded my Kindle sales for the past 3 years for May, to compare them to this month and having the push of the BookBub.


My best year was when I released Mating Rite in May, 2014. OMG. We are talking I made about $1200 more in income that year. Yes, new release. But it was 2014. Lovely 2014, when the indie book biz was still booming, and the draining effect of KU had not yet flattened the indie romance market.

Still, I am grateful for having a good month this year, thanks to BookBub. Grateful I can work PT instead of FT and traveling. I don't know how i managed 3 years ago to travel AND produce as many books as I did. Part of me wonders if I had been able to release more books, and make more money, would i have been better off?

I don't know. But it is what it is. Thankfully, because of the day job, I was able to save some of that lovely income I earned from books when the indie publishing boom was at its zenith. I did get in a little late - 2011 was my first indie short story, but I didn't self publish much until 2014. 2013 I published Mating Chase, Hunt and Mating Seduction. Three books and a boxed set, thanks to a good friend, and that exposure really helped. I saved some money for my business to put the money back into building my business, so now when I take out ads or pay an editor for a new book, I use that savings instead of the current income.

If money didn't matter, and time, I would just write PNR. But I am trying the sweet contempt to see how a new pen name and a new genre will work out, esp. since I had the chance to launch the new name in a boxed set that may do very well in sales, and get me into the hands of new readers. Now I have to write the second book after the first to take advantage of that. But i have time, right?


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May already, and I'm soooo far behind

I have a short story due by the end of the month and I'm still editing Gideon's book. His book was supposed to be 40,000 words, but I could not write it that short. He is a major character in the series, so now his story is 55,000 words and will come in around 57,000 words by the time I am finished.

The Book Bub was a very nice surprise with sales. Not as great as others, who have had around 4,000 or 6,000 sales. I believe I will top off around 3,000 by the time the tail is in. But the money is nice and I also have had sales in the series. All of that is tapering off now, about a week from when the book was featured. I paid $424, I think, and it more than paid for itself.

I did get down to number 96 on Amazon, so at least I made the Top 100. By myself. A real first for me. I'm sure others have done much better, but this was pretty cool for me, considering my sales of MC were lukewarm. Only 14 copies from May 1 to 3.

I have an ENT ad next week.

Work at the day job is going OK. I just feel like I am still juggling balls. My bro was down this weekend and we had a very good time. He arrived Friday, as the cleaning lady was in the middle of cleaning the house. We sat and chatted. DH was working late bc of an emergency at the hospital, so we waited on dinner until he could join us.

Saturday we went to Wakodahatchee wildlife preserve and saw all the wading birds and the gators, and then ate breakfast at Farmer Girl and went to Amelia's Smarty plants, where I bought more lantana. Then DH and Drew went to the train park to ride the train while I was home, writing.

We ate at Sal's Saturday night, and sunday am Drew worked for four hours in the yard, cleaning up my butterfly garden and landscaping. We went to butterfly world after that and we laughed as a butterfly landed on his head. The walking tree. (groot!)

I miss him. He left early Monday a.m.

I'm hoping to finish editing Gideon's story tomorrow and then give it to my beta reader, and then start on the short. I already started it, but really have to dig in and get to the meat of it.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book bub day

Mating Challenge was the Book bub feature in the PNR category of their newsletter. At 8 p.m. my rank on Amazon for MC is 127. I think that is the lowest it will go. I'd love to sell more books, earn more money and be able to relax a little, but I'm grateful I got selected for a Book Bub. The sales are being affected across the entire series, which is pretty nice. I wonder what it would be like to have these kind of sales every day. What a giddy feeling it must be!

My author rank is number 19 in PNR on Amazon, which is very nice as well. I've never achieved that on my own.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Oy, what a month

I shouldn't have written that Holly was doing well. That Thursday, her appetite started going south. For the past 2.5 weeks, it's been hell with her, taking her to the animal hospital three times, twice thru the ER, because she was NOT eating and we feared her kidney failure was growing worse. We finally took her in thru the ER April 17 and asked them to do X-rays and an ultrasound to see what else was going on...cancer? Heart disease? All tests negative. 

Her appetite has finally started to pick up again. Yay. After my much-deserved pedicure on Thursday, we went away for my birthday trip on Thursday afternoon, April 20th, to Ft. Myers Beach and the Flamingo Inn, a pet friendly hotel. Room 101 upstairs from the lobby. One block from the beach. Left to return home on Monday, April 21. Had a great time, relaxing, taking the dogs to the beach for sunset, visiting a couple we have known for 18 years who winter at Marco island, and just vegging. Holly loved going for long walks on the beach with DH.

And I wrote. I had gone into no writing mode when Holly fell ill. I can't focus when my poor dog is sick and I'm spending almost all my time trying to coax her into eating SOMETHING... it got pretty frantic. I would ask the pet sitter to give her the appetite stimulant at 11:30 and then rush home for lunch to try to get Holly to eat something. Gideon's book went on the sidelines. Everything did, mostly. 

So while we were in Ft. Myers, I had dragged along my warhorse of my pink Sony Vaio and my alpha smart and wrote. Gideon's book isn't finished, but I wrote about 4,000 words while we were gone. I would take the laptop outside to the little table on the porch, tie doggies up so they could sniff around, but not go too far, and write at the table. it was great.

I finally got back into writing. I'm so far behind on my schedule, but that happens. It's life.

My plan is to finish Gideon's book this weekend and then write the billionaire book due June 1. It's only 15,000 words, so that should be doable. I have a BookBub ad coming out May 4 for Mating Challenge, a real conquest to get one of those, and an ENT ad for the same book later next month. Amy is reformatting the file so much of the first chapter of the following book, The Mating Season, will appear, along with a purchase link. I really need those residual sales! Since the two books are so closely connected, hopefully I will get them. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April already? New writing projects

Much has happened since I last posted in February. I waffled about a new HQ contract when my editor contacted me about writing a Colton book. Yay. I have a new contract. The proposal is done and accepted already. Deadline is December. I'm going to have fun writing this one. And we are headed to SD in June for research, since we have never been there and the series is set in SD. I'm going to RWA and hoping to meet my editor. Maybe after this summer I'll try to get another contract. I do enjoy the RS books, just not the hard deadlines.

Mating Game was released March 13. Now I'm speeding ahead on Mating Ritual, Gideon's book. I have 34,000 words and I really want to focus on this book because I'm in "the mood" for this PNR. I started it shortly after March 13. It will be around 42,000 words. Plan is to release it next month.

I'm also doing a short story for a boxed set, a change for me, publishing under another name. It's 15,000 words, due June 1. I plan a series around it and if the first two books tank, I'll stop writing them. This summer is the summer of experimenting to see what sells.

Homewise, dogs are doing well, knock wood. Always a concern with Holly and the kidney failure, but so far she's eating great, exercising and her BW three weeks ago looked good. Cookie is 14 and her fav pastimes are eating and sleeping. Long as they have their health, I"m happy.

We are taking them and going away later this month for a much-needed mini vaca on the west coast. thank God for security cameras and good neighbors.

My butterfly garden is doing well. I have about 18 monarch caterpillars that formed chrysalises and hopefully will be butterflies soon. Must get more milkweed and nectar plants.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Next steps

After turning in the big book for HQ, I took a short break from writing. Focusing on promotional stuff this month for the Feb. book release, and getting the 8th wolf book to an editor for the March release.

What's next? I'm not sure. I really enjoy writing for HQ, and now I'm out of a contract. I have to brainstorm ideas for a new proposal if I want another contract. I guess I'm sort of drifting. I want to start on Gideon's book - it will be cathartic for me as I can channel lots of my frustrations into that book, but I haven't been able to get going on it yet.

I need to get organized. Taxes first. That's a priority.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Turned it in

I polished and turned in the book this week. Yay. I worked five days straight to get it done, printing it out and line editing, and then revising some scenes. I like the finished product. Nick and Shelby are made for each other.

Worn out now, as is always the case when I finish a big project. I turned it in on Tuesday and went to the day job Wed and today, and tomorrow. Maybe this weekend I'll take a small break.

I marched last Saturday, it felt good to take action. I'm going to be more active this year. I believe that sometimes we need to risk losing our freedoms that we take for granted in order to realize how precious and important they are.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


After working steadily for five days straight, happy that I had MLK day off from the day job, I finished the first draft of Navy Seal Nomad. Well, it's more of a polished first draft. Plan is to set it aside for two full days and then begin editing on Thursday, finishing Sunday, and then one final polish and off to my editor.

Very happy I managed to finish. This was an easier book to write than Cowboy Seal, probably because I had a simpler plot. Goal is to have much simpler plots in the future, and focus more on character development.

So I began working on NSN early December, and finished yesterday. That makes a total of 7 weeks it took me to write a 72,000 word book for a first draft. If not for the intense writing weekend I had in December, where I wrote 30,000 words in 4 days, I could not have done it.

I need to space myself and pace myself more.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Goal made, sort of

I did make it to 60,000 on NSN this weekend, but my real goal was to get to 62,000 words. That plan was derailed on Friday when I learned of the tragic shooting at FLL. Since that is the airport I fly out of all the time, and the one friends and neighbors use, it truly affected me. I couldn't write anymore...I was too deeply shaken.

The rest of the weekend I did make some progress on the story. Plus I have a life, and I'm determined to have a life, so I wasn't at the keyboard all weekend. We had friends over Saturday night, and DH and I went to CS for dinner as well. Yesterday we took our beloved Holly for a very long walk at the park in the delightful 60 temps and looked for the nest of bald eagles at the park that our friend told us about. Last night we made a fire outside, and had another couple over for wine while toasting our toes before the fire... and it was a whooping 54 degrees. Ah, Florida life.

With the story, t am at the point now where I need to tie loose ends together. I really do like Nick and Shelby, and the setting of the story is part of the charm - a horse ranch in TN. I had wanted to travel there to research and write the story, but that wasn't in the cards last year.

I'm not sure what 2017 will hold as far as my writing career goes. Lots to think about and promo plans to try. I am putting the indie wolf series into two boxed sets with cool new covers. And releasing a story in March. One day at a time. My focus now is finishing the book!

I will be going to RWA in July. I did make that commitment. Not going on my local chapter's cruise... really had thought about it, but my conference budget is tight this year. RWA is accessible because I can drive. And after what happened Friday, I'm a little more leery of getting on a plane...domestically.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hello 2017 and deadlines

2017 is here. Made my goal of 50,000 words on NSN, and then over the New Year, wrote more so I have a total of 55,000 words. 15,000 left. I'm making plans on how much to write each day, and then will set aside the book to edit. The alpha smart comes in handy. I took it to the park New Years day when we took Holly for a very long walk, and then DH ran his new trains while I wrote and the dog sniffed around. Love my alpha smart!

This weekend, my goal is to reach 62,000 words. I don't want to push myself. I'd rather set lower goals and then surpass them. I do really like this book. Nick and Shelby are perfect for each other and the conflict, will he stay or go and will she finally work up the courage to leave the life she knows is safe and comfortable but unchallenging? is simple. I'm striving to write books with much simpler plots and focus more on character development.

We had a good New Year's eve; went to a party at a friend's house in Westin and then home to toast in the New Year with friends/neighbors, and then shot off a bunch of fireworks, making the other neighbors come out to join us. New Year's day was sluggish, but we ate out at a nice restaurant to celebrate the anniversary of our first date.

When I turn in NSN, I'm taking a short break.And then writing for fun. I need a fun project for later this month, considering I'm scared about the cheeto taking office. Who knows what will happen? What buttons will he push if he gets into a temper tantrum?

Anyway, writing wise, I feel good about the start to the year. Dh and I were reminiscing about last year this time, when I had to pack up the kitchen and both bathrooms due to the mold contamination, and we were searching for a place to live for 3 weeks. The beginning of the nightmare. It's nice to have this year start out with our biggest concern being where to eat to celebrate 23 years of first meeting each other!