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I have a lot I could talk about, and honestly, I have no idea where to start. Things happened in my life and most of it got in the way of writing. All my focus was on either family or my health issues, so much so, that I pretty much forgot I had a book releasing at the end of August. I've said it elsewhere and I'll say it again, if not for Jemi Fraser, I would have forgotten about Influenced coming out on August 22nd. Thank you, Jemi!
This ties in to last month's IWSG post/blog hop about writer's burnout. I had someone in the comments say if you decide not to write to not leave it for too long. You don't want to fall out of habit.
He is right, but most of the time when I say it's okay not to write, I'm not talking about not deciding to write. I'm talking about being unable to write because of circumstances outside of your control. I deal with chronic pain every month, and I'm not deciding not to write during my flares, I'm in so much pain that I can't. I can't do anything. Laundry piles up. Dishes go unwashed. I don't even shower. All my energy goes to surviving the day because I know the pain won't last and I'm lucky to not have to deal with it 24/7. If I can just make it through that short time, then I can get back to writing.
That's a different beast to deciding to take the weekend off from writing. That's my point I'm trying to get across when I say it's okay not to write. Yes, it is healthy to write routinely (and to take a day off) but it's also healthy to realize that sometimes, despite our best efforts, other things will get in the way of writing, and if we want to get back to writing, we have to take care of those things, whether it be health, family, jobs, whatever.
PS: It's my brother's birthday today. He would have been 44 if not for cancer.
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July 1 question - There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?
I have no idea how to answer this question. Stuff like that isn't something I spend a lot of time thinking on. I'm more of a roll with the flow of things type person, so whatever happens, I try to adapt and keep on trucking.
As for my insecurities... Well, I can't say they've been horrible. Most of June I felt some hopelessness about my writing. I didn't get much done because of health issues and the lack of energy which accompanied them.
It didn't help matters when I put Influenced up for pre-order, sent a newsletter about it and didn't get a single pre-order. I've heard people touting how wonderful newsletters are and the people on it are your true fans who want to support you and can't wait to read your books. I wondered what those people were smoking because I wasn't seeing it. I had to remind myself that my list is small and I'm still building it, and the people who are showing off their great stats have had theirs for a while. It takes works to find readers.
Strangely, despite all that, I didn't feel too guilty about my lack of writing in June. Probably because I know guilt won't get me writing sooner, and I can't push myself too hard or else I risk making my chronic illness flare worse. That only delays my writing. It's hard to get into my characters' worlds when my body is screaming in pain.
I'm hoping July will prove better for writing, that the changes I've made to my health will get the pain under control when it flares, and I can spend less time wondering why my body hates me so much and more wondering why my characters won't do what I tell them to.
How has your summer been going? What industry changes do you want to see? Want to help me out with release day for Influenced? You can sign up here.
The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hi to the co-hosts:Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!
The optional question for this month is: Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?
Readers would probably never guess I don't watch a lot of horror or vampire movies. I'm a wuss so I avoid horror, and, I dunno, I'd just rather read about vampires than watch them.
Now, onto my post. I had another topic in mind, but I forgot it. I had this video sitting around and I thought it'd be perfect for IWSG, so I'm talking about this instead. Maybe I'll remember the other topic in time for the next one.
What do you think? Can writers keep up the mad pace to publish monthly/bi-monthly? Or will we see a drop in releases due to burn out?
The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hi to the co-hosts: Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!
May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?
I'm skipping the question because the answer is simple: no. Instead, I'm sharing a post I wrote on my Patreon that I think pin points why I'm personally struggling to do much of anything right now.
There's a constant feeling of fatigue hanging just under the surface. Which isn't surprising. I've read that a lot of people are feeling sapped and worn by the pandemic. Our lives have all been disrupted in one way or another and it's like we're suffering from collective whiplash.
One thing I've realized that's been draining me is a fear I have. My 9 year old nephew has a compromised immune system. Before this blew up, I was worried about him. I honestly kept expecting a call saying he got Covid-19. When schools were closed for two weeks I was so relieved. That closure has extended, but I still find myself afraid for him. I realized why earlier this week:
I'm terrified of having to attend his funeral. It wasn't long ago that my brother died of cancer. The image of my dad fighting to remain composed enough to accept the flag from a Navy officer is etched in my memory. I can't stand the thought of it being my little nephew. I don't want to see that same expression on my family's faces again. (Just had to stop and walk away before I started bawling.)
So, yeah, it's hard to write with that hanging over my head. News stories about people breaking quarantine in my state to protest not being able to go boat do not help.
I hope wherever you are, you are safe and healthy, and your family is as well. My fingers are crossed that a vaccine will be found and this will be over sooner than later. We can go outside and enjoy interacting with each other again. And most importantly, everyone is safe.
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April 1 question - The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?
I had a different post planned today, but I decided to swap it out after reading this month's question.
Things are a little crazy right now, even in my world. I'm in Upper Michigan. It's remote with lots of trees and small populations, so things reach here last. I remember Mad Cow, the last SARS, and ebola causing a panic around the country. But not here. Not much changed it didn't really affect many people.
This time, it has. There has been one confirmed case of someone from my county having Coronavirus. They aren't being treated here, though. Probably downstate. Hubby read about a woman passing through the nearby airport that might have had it. I went to Meijer and there was no toilet paper! Yeah, the panic reached all the way up here.
That was when I knew this was something really serious. When the laid back folks of "Da UP" are worried, you know shit has gone down.
Fortunately, hubby is able to work from home. I was able to go out and get food stocked up and found some rubbing alcohol and Aloe Vera gel so I could make some hand sanitizer because all I could find was a small bottle to fit in my purse. We've been hunkered down and eager for this to blow over.
A Youtuber I watch, Markiplier, said something the other day that really struck me. He said the outcome we want from this is to prove the skeptics right, that it wasn't that bad because we took extra precautions and the death toll wasn't as high as it could have been. TL;DR: Better safe than sorry.
I hope you are weathering this storm and keeping safe. If it's stressing you out, I recommend going to the subreddit AWWW for some cute animal therapy. We'll get through this. The human race is too stubborn not to.
PS: Have you signed up to help me with the release of A Quick Bite next month? No need to go outside!
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