28 August 2013

I am a writer

Over the past few days I have fallen into a slump. I want to write, but there's little time. I want to study, but again, there's little time. I need a 48 hour day. Minimum.

Unfortunately, I'm blessed with only 24 hours just like everyone else. Some things will have to fall on the back burner, if only for a short while.

It's hard to be glued to my computer for as many hours a day as I am without opening those files and escaping in my projects. And the more stressed I become, the more I find my fingers twitching to start pounding away on the keyboard. The more I work, the more I find my mind wandering, weaving intricate plot lines.

I write because it's my escape. It's my stress relief. It allows me to get away from all the crap in life and create a world all my own. A place where I am in control of all those characters I create. I can make it rain, I can make people laugh or I can make a building fall on a whim. And, hopefully, I have the ability to create an intriguing and entertaining story that people will enjoy. My escape can become your escape.

Sometimes I'll write until my eyes are tearing and my fingers hurt. I may even get to the point where my legs are asleep. Then, when I finally pass out, I dream of my worlds and my characters, finding new situations to put them in the next time I sit down in front of my computer. It never really stops, nor do I want it to.

Of course school and work are important. They're important because I like to have heat in the winter, food to eat, and clothes for my child. They're important because, outside of writing, I want to further my career and become a better, more well-rounded person. But outside of those things, writing is what I do. It's who I am. It's what I'll always be. I write because there are stories dying to get out and my brain won't shut up until they're down on paper. Every person I meet, every place I go, every conversation I have... it's nothing but research for the next novel.

I am a writer. It's what I do. It's who I am. And, given a thousand other choices, I wouldn't change it for anything.

15 August 2013

May 2014

It's official. I have started work on Book 2 in my Netherworld series.

I must admit, it's an exciting time. The creation of new characters and the development of others. Who was once a secondary character in Book 1 is now the star of her own tale of love and intrigue. If only I could get away from the ever looming presence of Book 1, staring at me from its home in Scrivener. That little icon on the bottom of the screen, forever a reminder of the mountain of work I have left to do.

Speaking of Book 1... I have made two passes (or was it three?) through the novel and am just about burned out from fiddling with it. I'm working on it, as slow as I may be, and will complete one more pass before I hand it off to my handful of beta readers. I'm going to force myself to get through this long and tedious editing process before I get so caught up in the development of Book 2 that it gets pushed back even more.

In other news, I go back to work tonight and am seriously depressed about the end of my seven day vacation. School starts back on Monday, but it's my final year so... can that be excitement I'm feeling? Doubtful. It is most likely only a gradual accumulation of stress that is forever making my eyelids twitch. Ah, if only I could stay home all the time and write.
Wish in one hand...

I digress from my original intention of writing this post, which was to announce that I have set a deadline for myself. (FINALLY!)

Book 1 of the Netherworld Series will be available on Amazon in May 2014

Now let's see if I'm able to write that in stone rather than the sand it's written in now. Oh, and I should probably come up with a working title. One more thing to add to my to-do list.

03 August 2013

For Candace

I'm taking a break from my ramblings today to wish a very Happy (belated) Birthday to one of my besties.

I'm sorry I got you beat up on your birthday.

LOVE YOU! x x x