While not as many words as I’d hoped, I think this was good progress! Especially since I managed to wash, dry, fold, and put away all the clothes and make the bed. Sunday will be totally free to write, other than making dinner. I will need to remember to get up and move around more instead of being hunched over the Freewrite for hours at a time. I stayed up too late to do my body weight workouts so I’ll have to make up for that tomorrow.
Not exactly a great start but I was not focused at all, to be honest. I’d pick at the keyboard for a couple of words then my brain would wander off. Maybe tomorrow will be better since I’ll be home. I’ll have to do some chores but other than that, I’ll have the day free.
The 14th Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale has begun, running now through July 31! My books will be 50% off for that time so feel free to grab this deal!
Yesterday I did do my bodyweight workouts but I will tell ya, I felt so freaking tired around 4pm, I called it a day, did all the stuff I needed to do, and went to bed early. I have no idea what happened. I got up early for a day off, did a few chores, then it was like someone flipped my night-night switch and all I wanted to do was sleep.
And yet, in some ultimate fuckery, I spent the night tossing and turning without actually getting any sleep.
But, thanks to coffee, I have a fair amount of energy today. I had a quick walk, did the above workout on my Wirk peddler, and I think I’ll have enough energy to grab the kettlebell after dinner.
Also, shameless self promotion, my new book is out in two days! If you’re one of my Patrons, you already got a sneak preview. This is the third in a complete trilogy and you will not have any idea what’s going on without reading one and two. Hope you check them out!
Since I’m participating in this giveaway, I’m toying with the idea of a separate newsletter that’s just for my writing since my blog is… Basically whatever the hell I want.
I always laugh when I read blogging advice and they’re all “find your niche!” and my blog is all over the place. Weight loss? We got that. Food? Got that, too. Anime? Movies? Comics? Manga? Any other random thing that strikes my fancy (I’m fixated on Helluva Boss now)? Yeah, we don’t do a single niche here.
Anyhooooo, my thought behind a writing dedicated newsletter was to give regular updates to people who just want to hear about the writing. It wouldn’t be more than every other week or monthly considering all the other things I’m doing at the moment. I was using my under desk bike while I explored around MailChimp and the free templates (because I’m poor). I am in no hurry to release it since I’m still working on Dahlia 3. That story is way overdue.
I have a bunch of graphic novels I need to get though to review so, while I was reading I used my under peddler. I’m still behind on reviews but I’ve been prioritizing my writing. But more reviews will be coming!
The third part to Dahlia is being worked on but I keep splitting it with the other WIPs I have. Maybe this weekend, I can knuckle down and finish it but I’m still not sure what I want to do with the ultimate conclusion. I want it to be a happy ending but it needs to be a happy ending that makes sense. I don’t want it to end up feeling forced or trite just because I want my characters to be happy. That’s what’s kicking around in my head, anyway so I have no timetable for a conclusion at this point.
Since I have to work this weekend (cries softly in the corner), I decided that my runs will be Mon, Wed, Fri and do weights on the off cardio days.
The stress? Not having to work the weekend (although that is a contributor) but I learned today that Draft2Digital, where I self-publish all my books, has aquired Smashwords… After I went through all the *@&%@&$%@-ing trouble of manually adding all my books there…
I guess I’ll just use D2D going forward (since it’s SO much easier) but this couldn’t have happened in a more ironic way since I just released my NaNoWriMo project on both platforms. When I’m 18 total titles deep at this point…
Moving forward, I guess I’ll just use D2D and manually add books to my profile? Heck if I know. I’m tired.
After doing what I should do around my birthday, whatever I want, I’m back to my running! And since I haven’t given up on my desperate attempts to not lose my house by supplementing my dismal income by selling my writing, I put Shelley up on the teadmill and I was able to do a little bit of writing during the walking portions of c25k. I could only type with one hand since I have to hold the phone to count my steps on the app, but hey, any words cound as progress.
And you’re damn right I’m 41 and have stickers. Let me enjoy things.
Right after my newest release, I started work on the third and final part of my Dahlia series. Even with an outline, I floundered a bit with the introduction but things are moving along. I can’t give an estimated release date yet but I am having fun working on this series.
What I really want to do next is another installment of Go Away Girls. I already have an idea for it, I just need to outline it before I start it.
Right now, my sales are not in a place where I can take time to work on really long projects; like the next installment of my vampire series. I’m getting there VERY slowly but I’m keeping my projects short so I can publish more books more often. I have 18 total titles under my belt and I’m pushing for 30 or more before the end of the year. I am looking into bundling these shorter works together. I just need to figure out how I want the covers to look.
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Since I seem to be writing faster, I’ve reopened my Patreon! You can click that link or the graphic on the side.
Right now, I’m working on editing my NaNoWriMo story that I called “Sanctuary” as I was working on it but I think I may leave that title. It’s simple and it fits. Maybe I’ll put up a poll on Patreon along with some excerpts. We’ll see.