Well, last time I posted I was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of winter and seasonal depression. I was looking forward to more sunshine and the last good skiing of the year. So what did I do? I managed to take a mighty tumble on the mountain and break my shoulder. My right shoulder, which is, of course, my dominant arm. There’s a lot more to this story which many other people will already know, but I’ll spare you the details of a day that was stranger than fiction.
The first two weeks were a haze of pain and pain medication. Since then, I’ve been improving the strength and dexterity of my left hand and discovering the medically approved torture system called “physical therapy”. All of this has put a spanner in my day-to-day work and set me back even further. But it hasn’t all been a terrible time. I’ve re-discovered the wonderful support and love of friends and family. You guys and gals have been great. I don’t know what I would have done without all of you.
I was also able to take a long planned trip to Rome, Italy. Traveling with your arm in a sling isn’t ideal, but it can be done. My doctors have said that I show definite signs of healing and the sling can come off in about another week and a half. (Lots of PT still ahead of me though).
I’ll be flying again tomorrow to New Orleans for the RT Booklovers Convention. This will be a great way for me to get my focus back onto my writing and a daily schedule. Nothing like being surrounded by many other writers and book fans to get the mojo flowing again. It’s been a difficult year so far but I’m trying to stay focused on the positive and to keep moving forward. Wish me luck and I’ll eat a beignet for you!
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The end of November, I published my first novel. Sharp Focus is the first book in a series of mysteries featuring a photographer sleuth. I had already self-published short stories, but this was the first novel and I was making it available both as digital and as POD. Learning covers and formatting was like going back to school again. A huge learning curve, but kind of fun as well.
Right after publication, I left the country for a trip to Europe. I had a wonderful time seeing the Christmas markets in Austria, Germany and Prague, but I felt like half of me was at home, anxiously waiting to see how my book baby was being received.
My marketing plan is to wait until I have a larger body of work before I fully push for sales and readers, but I can happily say that my first book has met my sales expectations (admittedly low as a first time novelist). I come into this new year, 2014, with a feeling of accomplishment as well as a daunting list of projects to complete now that I have the ball rolling.
My friends and family have been amazingly supportive and I thank all of them for their encouragement and purchases.
Some things to look forward to this year are publication of Depth of Field: the second in the mystery series, a contemporary fantasy novel, a romantic suspense novel, more short stories and compilations, and then…we’ll see how much time is left in the year. I’ll be posting more regular updates, hopefully weekly, on this blog as to how things are going as well as my observations on this literary life.
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It’s the end of the year and that means it is time to make some resolutions for 2012. I do this every year and am sometimes successful, sometimes not. This last year I wasn’t perfect in meeting my goals but I met enough of them that I feel it was successful. I like to keep my list of resolutions year to year so that I can look at the changes I’ve made in my life, see how my goals have changed over time, and in particular review my successes. It’s often too easy to see our failures. We need to take the time to savor our wins.
If you’re interested in resolutions for writers, J A Konrath has an excellent blog and he re-posts the resolution lists he has made since he started the blog.
Here’s my own list for 2012:
I will write every day. Really. And if I’m not writing, I’m editing. If you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo, you’ll be familiar with extreme writing challenges. Consider this my writing year.
I will self publish at least one ebook this year. I will also consider self-publishing a paper book with Createspace or Lulu.
I will continue to earn extra income with freelance writing. I think it’s good to practice writing in different styles and to investigate new subjects for articles. Plus the money doesn’t hurt.
I will start a photo blog. I want to keep up my visual arts skills. I’ll provide a link to it when it is set up.
I will run a half-marathon this year. With all of the writing I’ll be doing, I’ll be spending a lot of time with my butt in a chair. I need to counteract that somehow.
I will watch a lot less television. Who would have the time? I certainly won’t. I still have a day job and a long commute I need to do 5 days a week.
I think this is enough for one year. There’s always a list of smaller things I want to get done, but these are the big goals and the ones I need to focus on. Do you write your own resolutions list? How do you stay focused on them as the year progresses?
Have a wonderful New Year’s weekend and please stay safe.
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For the next year, I will be serious about my writing. I have nominally been working on a novel for the past several years, but it is time to make the commitment if I want to become a full-time writer in 2013. I will be using this blog as my own source of motivation but also to record the trials and tribulations of a writer spending the early hours before dawn and the evening hours after work, honing her craft.
I will also be sharing some of my short stories. Once a week I will post a serial entry of the latest short story in the pages section of this blog. Feedback is welcome and you’ll eventually be able to buy them as ebooks as I venture into the self-publishing world of Smashwords.
So, working full-time at my day job, writing novels and short stories in my off hours while also working on my photography career? (That’s something for another blog). Work, work, work. I can do this! Wish me luck.