Wednesday, October 7, 2015


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October is here! Wow...
Well, the year is almost at a close. I had hoped to publish something this year, to keep the momentum going, but alas, it didn't happen. I stalled out a bit. I submitted a few queries but that's about it. I'm currently in rewrites and enjoying every minute of it.
But I still have that nagging sensation in the back of my mind that I shoulda, coulda, woulda, but didn't do more.
It's hard to balance life with life. It's hard to balance the mind with the soul.
What defines being successful? an agent? a book deal? making more money than you know what to do with?
Right now I'll settle for being healthy, having a job, being with family, and enjoying the moment.
I'm good with that.
How about you?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Starting Over

I took a writing break over the summer. I had a manuscript in submission. I learned over the years that I am not productive in the writing sense while on submission and decided not to fight it. I took a break. And then another. And then another. Yeah, the break lasted about three months.

During the writing process of three of my published novels, I had a 9-to-5 job outside the home, I had mommy duties, and still found time to write. I was more productive when I knew my time was limited. When I lost my job and had all the time in the world, I didn't know what to do with it.

Finally, I got a new job and I'm back trying to navigate this thing called balance.  Some things I tackled first:

1. I organized my house. One room at a time. This is a continuous process, never to end. Keeping that mindset keeps me sane.

2. I took a look at my goals: Career, family, writing, blogging etc. I began to jot down realistic goals.

3. I needed to involve my family in this process. They needed to know that I was going to start writing again. They needed to respect my time. It was hard the first go-round and I didn't want to go through that again.

4. I started reading for self-development. Writing books, self-help books, reminding myself what I needed to know to get back at it.

5. Finally, the doing part. There's no way to avoid it. And once I started writing again it felt real good.

How do you get back to writing?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015



Wow. I didn't think it'd get here so fast. Like most vacations, it was a short break. But I can't wait to get back to the doing part.

I've been deep in rewrites. Writing scene narratives, changing arcs, and whatnot, but I look forward to sitting down and finally writing them out. 

I still have to get organized. That went out the window. There just wasn't enough effort, on my part.

But I'm good and rambling. I think this break of no guilt was good for me.

So, my writing goals this year is to finish those rewrites and get back to submissions. I have so many stories floating in my head I'm looking forward to getting to.

How about you?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Yeah, I know summer has been active for a little bit now. But now it actually feels like summer!
I've been really thinking about my place in the universe these last couple of months.
My mission.
My purpose.
I tend to go through a cycle when it comes to change in my life. I reevaluate my goals, my objective.
I have to find a semblance of myself again and figure out where I fit in this moment.
That may take awhile.
And so I decided to take a summer blogging break in August.
I'll be back in September.
 I can't seem to give up on my basic need to write. My choice. And lovin' it.
Have a great rest of the summer!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Round-up

Time goes by so fast!
I started a new schedule this week, trying to remember how I balanced work, life, and writing. I wrote about seven manuscripts while balancing work, life, and writing. After ten months of having all the time in the world, I've narrowed my writing time to three hours. Again. And I find that I'm good with that. It makes me more focused on the task at hand and I don't peruse the internet, or waste time. I'm on a mission.
To write.
To spend time with my family.
To provide for my family.
And I do it by:
  1. Eating right and exercise. (I haven't started the exercise part.) It's important to be aware of your body and your mind. Eating a healthy meal and movement helps with that.
  2. Be aware of time. Every moment counts. Work and commute takes a chunk of that time. I get home at 5:00p, start dinner, spend time with kids. The house settles (ideally) at about 8:00p and I get some writing done until about 11p. If I wake up earlier--like today--I write posts, take a peek at what folks are doing online. Break times I plot and plan (for writing purposes, of course).
  3. Weekends are my friend. For the summer I hope to take the kids out during the day, clean house during the evening, and write. I'll schedule posts and anything else I have to do that's pending.
And that's pretty much it. Unfortunately, there's no magic pill. Time is not going to wait for me. My kids are going to continue to grow. The house is going to continue to need attention. I'm going to have to work, pay bills, clean... Those things probably won't go away. Realizing that and making amends with that is the first step to moving forward. the video below shows, be careful what you wish for.
I hope you all are having a great summer!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


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After getting a very nice pass on a submission, I feel FREE! Weird, but now I can continue with making the story stronger. The knowing is the best part for me. I realized I can't function in the unknown.

And now Summer is here and I've taken a break from writing with no guilt!

It feels wonderful.

I have two first drafts of sequels I have to complete and a revision of a new series. I'm not sure which I'm going to dive into next but right now I don't care.

I'm starting a new job on Monday and am enjoying the precious moments I have with my family, and it's all good.

Once I start my day job, I'll have to work in getting my groove back. And I'm looking forward to it.

What are your summer plans?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Madness


I've been thinking a lot about what makes me happy.
I love to write, but I'm not defined by my failures or successes in writing.
I will write regardless because it makes me happy.
I love being with my kids, exploring firsts through their eyes, but I am a separate person who has to find my own firsts and see through my own eyes.
I love working in the community, but my need for stability and financial security for me and my family has become more important.
I realized this past month, as I started a new professional journey and started examining my writing path, that I don't have to let go of what I love.
I can still fail and write.
I can still enjoy my children and be someone separate of them.
I can still volunteer in the community while working towards financial stability.
I can still be me.