Why You Must Set Deadlines

I have this book, a children’s book, that I have been working on for longer than I should have.  It’s not that I’m struggling with it or anything, it’s just that I don’t have a deadline for it.  The thing is, I only work on it in between projects.  I feel terrible about it.

You see, when I published my first book, my students were ecstatic and wanted to read it.  Their little faces fell when I told them that it was an adult book and they couldn’t.  They turned those puppy eyes on me and begged me to write them one they could read.  Honestly, could you say no to twenty-five ten year olds?

But sadly I have been neglecting this story.  It’s basically done, I just need to finish polishing it and then send it off the editor.

I promise kiddies,  I’ll get it out to you soon.

 

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Time to Make Some Choices

I’ve had to do quite a bit of thinking this weekend.  Thinking about how do I want to progress as an author.  I guess every author goes through this as they near the end of a project.  I have two questions that keep running through my head.  What do I want to write next?  How do I strengthen my name as an author.

The first question is easy enough.  I have probably a dozen or so half thought out story ideas that I can pick from.  Although, I’m trying to stay away from doing another series.  The second question is a bit harder.

I want to expand my reader base but that takes some time.  A lot of time if you’re an indie author.  Or at least that’s the case for me.  It might be beneficial for me to at least slow down my writing process to work on my platform.  The problem is that I don’t really like doing that.  It feels too much like I’m pushing myself onto people.  Sigh.

Thankfully, I don’t have to make any decisions right now.  Time of Prophecy still has quite a bit that needs to be written and Frank Tales is in the editing phase.  I won’t make a decision until those two projects are complete.

As always, stay strong my friends and until next timeh881741B3

I’m alive, I promise.

My life has become a roller coaster right now.  My grandmother is not doing well and may be loosing her battle with cancer.  Work has become a whole basket of crazy this year. And I’ve finally started to the get the clinical help that I need.  So much is going on and so much is changing that writing or anything related to writing has taken a back seat.  But while things haven’t gotten any better, the ride has gotten a little smoother.

Today I finally finished writing Frank Tales.  I have been trying to write this children’s book for two years, but The Lost Guardian series has continually pushed it to the back burner.  But now that Souls in the Dark is published, I have some time to dedicate to it.  I still need to revise and make the illustrations but at least the hard part is done.  I’m planning on having that book out by Christmas if I can help it.

I’ve also continued to outline Time of Prophecy.  I’m not 100% sure I’ll stick with that title but it works for now.  I don’t plan on starting the actual writing until after the first of the year.  I want to give myself some time to catch up on some other projects and finish outlining.  I haven’t even done a poem of the month for some time now.

Any who, time goes on and I struggle to keep my head above water.  I just have to hold on until things smooth out a little more.  It’s going to be rough, but I know I can do it.  Stay wild my friends!

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Preemptive Strike

So now that Souls in the Dark is off to my lovely editor I could use this time to take a breather…but I’m not.  I’ve decided to already get a jump on outlining the last book in the Lost Guardian trilogy.  I won’t release the title I have now, because it’s more of a working title.  But I figure that the sooner I get started, the sooner I can get it out there.  There are other stories that I want to write, but I can’t write two different stories at one time.  At least, not my own.

I still need to finish my children’s book and get illustrations done.  Frank Tales would have been done much earlier if I hadn’t been working on another story.  So I have learned my lesson and will never do two books at one time.  Some people can do it, I can’t.  Ha-ha.

Well, I hope that everyone is enjoying their hump day.  ‘Til next time peoples!

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I Have Issues…

No really I do…

The main issue that I have is that my imagination appears to have ADD.  No seriously, it does.  Every time I sit down to work on either Frank Tales or Souls in the Dark my imagination goes hey I have this great idea!  The worst part of it all is that nine times out of ten, it is a killer idea.  So naturally I have to try and develop it a little before it’s gone from my head.  The next thing I know, it’s time to cook dinner and I haven’t done anything that I set out to do.  Bugger!

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Some times I really hate my brain…sigh

I’m still alive

Peeks carefully around the corner…Hey there.  Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately.  The end of the school year was completely crazy and I don’t think I have ever been so glad to be done with it.  When I say this year has been crazy please believe me, I work in EC (special needs) so I know crazy.  And please don’t think that I’m calling the kids crazy, I’m not, but I do have to put up with crazy situations.

We lost six, I repeat six, teachers this year.  On top of that we lost eight teacher assistants.  I had to break up a fight.  I had to deal with teachers who didn’t communicate at all.  There was also a child whose parents didn’t care if they made it to school for the EOGs.  We had to pick up two students.  The EC bus picked up a small child that was running in and out of the road and all this happened within the last two weeks of the school year.

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But all that’s over now.  I plan on not doing a cotton pickin’ thing for the first week of my vacation.  I need time to destress from this year.  After that, it’s go time.  I have a couple of projects that I want to complete over the summer.  I’m almost finished with Frank Tales.  I’m gonna finish that first before I settle down to punch out Souls in the Dark.  It will be a pretty busy summer but for now, it’s time to party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So to all my fellow educators, enjoy your break, you deserve it!

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