Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bad author, no cookie

It's been almost three weeks since I last updated this blog, and I felt like, if anyone noticed, I might owe an explanation.

I haven't been idle, eating cookies in front of the tv. Quite the contrary in fact.

First and foremost, I worked hard to finish the first draft of The Coward's Way Out. When I first planned the serial, I imagined short stories between 20 and 30.000 words that I would publish every other month. Of course my muse has been raising the stakes and making the stories longer and longer. We've gone from 17.000 words for the first part to 40.000 for the third, and #4 is just a little over that. I struggled to release Awkward Holidays on time, and had I not given myself extra time for The Coward's Way Out, I'd definitely have missed my deadline. Still no set release date at this point, but it should happen in October as announced.

Next, another big project has been consuming my days. The Shades of Pink anthology, which will be released in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, has attracted more than thirty authors, and I've been working on putting all those stories into one book with all the formatting that it entails, along with some proofreading. I honestly didn't expect it to take as long as it did, but in hindsight I should have known. A 400-page book doesn't come together in a snap of the fingers! I'm beginning to see the end of the project, and starting next week I'll start posting blurbs and teasers.

That's the 'work' part of the equation. Next to that, there's 'real life'. I don't talk much about it, but the hubby and I have been trying to have a baby for several years. We've had some quickly-crushed joys, and way too many doctor's appointments. July and August were difficult. I said earlier that I haven't been eating cookies in front of the tv, but some days that's really all I feel like doing. It's hard to get in front of the computer, and harder still to interact with people though this blog, Facebook or Twitter. I just had a release, and I barely even talked about it other than a couple FB posts on release day. It might also have something to do with the fact that the heroine of that story can't have children; I'm very good at sticking knives into myself and twisting hard.

So, there you have it. The exciting life of an indie author. I think i'll go find those cookies now...


8 comments:

  1. Indulge in cookies! I'm sorry you are having problems TTC and wish you much luck and joy in the future! Looking forward to the anthology and we authors appreciate all of the work you are putting into it! Make sure to take time for you--and cookies. <3

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    1. Thank you JJ. I certainly appreciate the work you authors have put into this as well!

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  2. You deserve a few cookies. Enjoy them and good luck.

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  3. I think cookies are vital for brain stimulation!

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    1. My brain enjoys them... my thighs, not so much ;)

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