Circumstances Beyond My Control
COVID-19 wreaked havoc on my novel-in-progress. Suddenly on March 16 my company sent everyone home to work remotely. That entailed disconnecting my personal PC and connecting a company-issued computer to my modem. My novel is on my PC! I was on a roll and suddenly everything stopped. The good news is, I've got my computer back now. The bad news is, after three months, I need to re-introduce myself to the story. Alas, novels evolve slowly for me anyway, and perhaps that three-month break will provoke revelations.
Procrastination or Inspiration?
Fellow writers, do you take long breaks from your in-progress manuscript? I'm a notoriously slow writer. Part of that is due to the demands of my life. I have a full-time job and all those little things that need to be done once the workday is over. But I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. Part of it may be procrastination. I don't outline, so I have to figure out where the story is going and often I'm at a loss. Then there is fear. The standards I demand of my writing are harsh and I worry about not measuring up.
The drawback to these long "breaks" is that I develop amnesia regarding what I've already written. So tonight I'm just going to read -- refresh myself on what I've penned so far. I hope I can simply read and quash the urge to fastidiously edit.
It's a silly problem in the scheme of things, but I'd value your feedback. What am I doing wrong and how can I fix it?
P.S. I'm looking for a new writer's forum, one that is supportive. I feel the need for a virtual hug. Hit me up if you can recommend one.
Working On My Latest
My newest novel seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time to complete. That doesn't make it bad ~ it makes it good! This so-far untitled story features a murder, but I haven't yet decided who did it. The main character has issues of her own, but the suspects are myriad. Pretty much everyone has a reason to kill.
Taking place over a long holiday weekend, family secrets come unraveled.
I'm excited to find out who did it!
And you will be the first to know!
New in 2019
My novels are now available at Walmart's ebook store online. Click on the link on my "Books" page!
October 14, 2018
Now available at Barnes & Noble! Both Radio Crazy and Once In A Blue Moon are available to download for Nook! See my "Books" page for purchase link.
August 4, 2018
New book trailer for Once In A Blue Moon! I hope you like it.
July 22, 2018
I am giving away three copies of Radio Crazy just for joining my mailing list! Yes, the first three mailing list subscribers WIN!
Just go to my contact page and input your name and email address and your book is on its way!
June 8, 2018
I'm continuing to think about my latest novel. Thinking is underrated. I'm not an outliner, so my planning, such as it is, is haphazard. I know what my denouement will be ~ it's just getting there that is the challenge. That said, I'm bullish on "Aubrey" (working title). Stay tuned...
April 7, 2018
What novel doesn't need a good playlist!
April 6, 2018
I allowed myself a long sabbatical after months of hair-pulling, self-doubt, and exhaustion finishing and editing Radio Crazy, The good news is, I am now in the midst of writing my third novel, which has no name. I will let it tell me what it wants to call itself once I delve a bit deeper into the story. For too long, I was uninterested in writing, but I think I needed that mental and emotional break before I could regain passion for a new tale. While the discipline of writing is a really valuable tool, forcing oneself to write is a sure guarantee of resultant crap (well, it is for me). Never fear, I am constantly writing, but writing in my blog is a liberating release. I don't have to obsess over every misplaced comma (or is it a semi-colon??)
That said, I'm rather excited about my new novel. I'm not an outliner, but I always have a vague path I intend to follow. Sometimes that path wends in directions that get me lost, but sometimes they lead me to amazing treasure.
New in 2019