Oh my gosh, guys, things have been one whirlwind of a mess after another. Nothing has gone as planned and progress has slowed, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Here is an update of what I’ve been dealing with:
- I sent out my manuscript to some beta readers and frankly, the feedback wasn’t good. Many stopped reading all together.
- My dad ended up in the ICU to the point where he had to have someone with him whenever he left the house (and to be honest, I went over there to check on him even when he didn’t leave) my kids and I walked with him every day to get his strength back up and to keep his diabetes under control. He’s doing a lot better now.
- Shortly after his recovery, they purchased a new house and my kids and I helped them move (as much as we could)
- Guess the hospital needed someone in our family there, because I ended up there while helping them move. Ive had muscle spasms in my back (under my shoulder blades) and though I tried all my stretches and techniques to loosen it, I couldn’t move without pain shooting there. At 2am, I couldn’t take it any longer and went to the ER.
- Then, the flu ran through the house so my kids were both sick and my husband had a cold.
With all that going on, I just didn’t have the motivation or strength to keep things going as they were. So, I’ll update you where my progress is with each of my usual categories and what’s happening to get back on track.
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The response from betas affected me more than I would like to admit. After going through eight chapters, I realized what they were all talking about.
Even though I can swear that I’ve gone though that manuscript more times than I can count. I can even remember changing a large section. I take responsibility for not getting the right copy to my betas.
Where the right copy is, I can’t seem to find. So it’s back to square one; taking the feedback I’ve received and revising it until it’s ready for another round of betas to read through it.
This is one hill on my journey and I’ve learned that even though Scrivener creates backups for your work, Prowritingaid may not transfer your stuff back when you’ve gone through it with their software. Time to add saving a copy to my checklist and update my process.
Stand Alone/Possible Series
I have nearly finished the book. You know, the one I’m still deciding whether to make a series or a stand alone and the definite stand alone is still on hold as I work through my problems. To be honest, a break was necessary and all those things piling on top of each other, forced me to do what was necessary for me to keep going.
There are just times you need to take a break from things and come back to it with fresh, new eyes. Let me tell you, it’s been eye opening.
To Be Read
One of my goals was to NOT add to my To Be Read list and I have only added books where the author has asked me personally to read. Boy have I found some great stories.
I myself have not added to that list, and I’ve begun reading through them. You would think being on break would have made more time for reading, but I just wasn’t into anything that dealt with writing and that included reading.
Yeah, crazy, I know. I never thought I would say that, but it’s how things happened.
As things have thawed, including me, I have plans to get back to this soon. I’ve finally figured out how to make Trello work for me and I’ve been slowly adding the things to it that I’ve been putting off. Short stories are one of them, but I’ve got some in mind that I’ve written down (you know some just won’t leave you until you have it down on paper) and I will have those to you by the end of July early August at the latest. Don’t worry, I’ll update my Trello boards to include that.
This is what started my downward spiral. I’m the type of person who lets EVERYTHING get to them and I’ll dwell on it forever. It’s something I’ve been working to get better at for years.
The problem was that I put so much time, energy, and soul into my book and the feedback was, well, brutal. I was not expecting the reaction I got from something I worked so hard on.
As I worked through the feedback (mostly of the one person who read the whole book), I realized my mistake, and it was mine. The copy I sent to the beta readers was not as polished as I could have made it. Though I remember changing sections or deleting sections, I have not been able to figure out what happened to the changes, this is where my progress hit a snag and may have not saved when I should have.
So, those of you that read even a portion of that story, thank you so much, and I want to apologize for what was not my best work and I’ve been working to make sure that doesn’t happen again, while I update it to a better form of the previous version.
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The most important part of this blog, what you take from it and how I can communicate with you, my readers.
The one area where I feel like I’ve keep up with my writing, though I did take the two weeks off after my dad and I were in the hospital. I did my best to keep up with the topics planned and give you fresh inspiration, thoughts, and inklings that come to me.
I want to say ‘thank you’ to all those who have supported me, commented, and liked my work. It means the world to me.
One of the places I felt I was slacking, but again, this break got me to really think about what I want out of it and I really want to provide you with helpful, inspiring, and even funny content to keep your day entertaining. So, I’ve got more content coming to my Social media channels. Care to see what I’ve been adding or want to stalk me? Links Below!
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Seriously, I didn’t realize how freakin’ hard it was to get on camera and actually talk without freezing up or stumbling over words. On the back burner until I’m ready – I’m chicken in front of a camera and refuse to wear makeup, but you’ll see me there eventually. I promise.
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I’m always looking for books, email courses, online courses that will help me with my writing. I’ve taken a few (or are in the process of taking them), so that part is going well. I’ve got to catch up with one. I’m a bit behind, but I’m gaining momentum so I believe I’m doing well here.
Something I wanted back in my life was drawing and playing my guitar. Two things that brought me joy and I felt I excelled at. I’ve started a drawing challenge with my sister, so I’ve finally started drawing every day, but the guitar hasn’t made it into the plan… yet. It’s going to though. This is a promise I made to myself.
Sometimes you need something for yourself.
As you can see, you can plan all you want, but life will find a way to put you off track. It’s not what you can do to stop it; it’s how you handle it when it comes around. That break did wonders for me and I highly suggest taking one yourself if you’re feeling too overwhelmed.
Don’t forget, if I can get through all that, you can traverse what has been put in your path. Remember one step at a time. You’ll be over that mountain in no time!