January 27, 2014


"Turn and face the stranger...just gonna have to be a different man...time may change me, but I can't trace time."

Don't you just love David Bowie? Well, even if you don't, I do...and that song has felt like my theme song for the past few months, as the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 were fraught with change for my family and me.

Perhaps that sounds dramatic. It probably is. But it definitely felt that way. Plans changed daily as illness (child and dog) forced our hands and cancelled trips we'd had planned for months. We lost a dog to cancer in a way that still feels sudden and absurdly abrupt. We gained a new puppy in a way that still feels oddly like fate. School started back up, a routine was begun, but then a five-day "winter break" cut into that and the routines were turned back around.

I've felt like I've existed in perpetual limbo for the past three months, and it's been unsettling. VERY unsettling.

I set all these goals for myself when Zoe started school back in August. I wanted to finish the sci-fi I was writing; use it to find my perfect agent; keep on freelancing; start and finish book 3 in Undead America by Christmas. It all seemed so amazingly accomplishable back in August.

Of course life intervened, though. It always does.

So I think it's time to push the reset button....to take stock of where I am, and make some new goals.

Here's where things stand:

1. My sci-fi is done. I love this book. It's by FAR the best thing I've written, and it's currently on submission with a couple agents, and there are many more I still plan to query. I hope someone falls in love with this book, but even if they don't, I have no doubt it'll see the light of day. This book is my heart, and I can't wait to share it with you guys, no matter how I decide to share it.

2. Book 3 is well-begun, which means it's half done...at least if you're Mary Poppins. In reality, it's about a third of the way done, and I'm happy (very happy) with most of it so far. There are some interesting things in store for Jenna, Sam and the crew, and I'm enjoying writing it. BUT...

3. Freelancing has taken on a life of its own. I've had weeks recently with multiple stories due on the same day (the worst was 5 in one week - my head almost exploded). This has been fun and great, but it's cut drastically into my book-work-time, so the time has come to scale back, at least a little. I'm not sure what that'll look like yet (still figuring out where to cut back and where to keep pressing on), but it should help.

I've been a giant bundle of stress lately, trying to balance life and writing, and I'm hoping to get all that back under control. Having a crazy little puppy running around wanting to play all the time has added to the stress, but also to the sweetness of life whenever he curls up beside me on the couch. He's also added to the laughter, especially when he tries to get my big, old Quentin-dog to play with him. They're hilarious together.

So that's where I am, writing-wise.

My goals are:

1. Cut back on freelancing...after this week I think I'll take a break from accepting new stories...excepting LitReactor because I looooove them. This will likely be a short break, but we'll just see how it goes, you know?

2. Finish Book 3 of Undead America. I should be able to knock it out in February, and then edit it in April, but we'll see how that actually goes. That's my GOAL at least...

3. Keep sending out my sci-fi to see where that goes.

4. After I'm done with Book 3....gulp...I've got a historical fiction tale I'm dying to tell, and I can't wait to get started. It's a voice/character/series of events that have been stuck in my head for years. I think I finally have the skills to tell this story. If my sci-fi is my heart, this one may just be my soul. Only time will tell.

Well, now I'm off to take a puppy out to pee, and a child to school, and to clean a kitchen. I hope, if you're reading this, that you have a lovely and wonderful day. You blog readers are my friends and my family and your comments (here, and on Facebook and Twitter) really do keep me going, even when I'm ready to tear my hair out! *HUGS!*


Jonathan Riley said...

Good luck accomplishing all your goals. None of them seem overly ambitious, you know, if life doesn't happen. I especially wish you luck landing that dream agent. Hope the Sci-fi does just that for you. Also, hope that means I can read a published copy in the next year or two. I know you're great with Zombies but you might even be better with spaceships ;) So keep on doing what you are doing. You have a life-long reader here as well as a fan and a friend. Your success brings me happiness, so best wishes to you and yours, Leah.

Leah said...

JR, you are too sweet, as always. :D *hug*

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