It's been a while. Again! But that's the nature of life I've learned over these last few years. Things I used to do almost daily--like blog--I do rarely, at the moment. Things I couldn't stand--like running--I now do almost daily.
Another fun discovery this year was about my work flow. I used to work best at home. I could write some, do some laundry, walk the dog, write some more, bake something, write some more...I got a shit ton done. The last few years after Jim passed, I found that work flow didn't work for me at all anymore. It took 2 years of the bare minimum of work and simply living and taking a big deep breath for me to rediscover my love of writing. And figure out how to get back to it fully.
The catch is, now I work best by packing up my shit (shit must be my word of the day) and going to the cafe. I stay between 1 and 3 hours and manage to do a ridiculous amount of work. I can switch fluidly between what I'm writing, chatting or doing light promo on social meds, to editing, to research. Then I come home and put my writing hat away and do anything that needs to get done here including packaging vintage sales or housework or whatever.
Isn't that weird? How we change. And what once worked well no longer does. And what once only served as a distraction now serves as a way to hone focus?
Thanksgiving is almost here and I have a lot to be thankful for. I have The Bearded Giant who is finally 110% moved in along with the mini giant when we have him. I have two amazing grown kids who are good people and amaze me every day. I have a fat wiener dog who still acts like a puppy. I have rediscovered my love affair with writing, and am officially sticking toes into another genre (horror). I have a novel to turn in soon and three vintage shops I love running and love shopping for. I have many amazing friends all over the place because you're all just at the end of my fingertips.
In actual writing news:
I'm editing a book (erotica) I wrote between the end of 2017 through mid 2018. I know where I want to submit it and I have the edits done so...just some polishing and bright and early January 1, 2019 I'll hit send. Fingers crossed!
I woke to an anthology acceptance this morning so there's at least one book I know I'll be in in 2019. More on that when I'm allowed to say. But just for the record, I was super pleased.
I have a few horror stories out there under consideration, one I'm editing to send out, and one I am happily clicking away on because I'm excited about the concept.
For the fun stuff:
Recent reads are The Widow, Elevation by King, and currently nearing the end of The Drive-In by Joe R. Lansdale.
Current podcast addictions: The Horror Show with Brian Keene and Sidehustle School.
And that's about it. I'm plugging along, and though, in a lot of ways it's been a rough year, it's also been a great year. I think they call that balance.
Oh, and my birthday is like 10 days away so there's that.
Have a fabulous Thanksgiving no matter how you celebrate or who with. If you feel so inclined, drop me a comment and let me know what YOU'RE thankful for!