Does it seem like I'm always complaining that I wish I had more time to write and blog? Well, that was nothing compared to what's happening these days. I like my job, even though it takes up most of my waking hours. I'm so swamped! Then add on several changes and dealing with some frustrating situations that have come up all at once, and I can barely fit in any writing at all.
Like, I really wanted to get a story submitted to the IWSG ANTHOLOGY CONTEST. I tried so hard to get it done and came very close, but I just didn't have enough time to finish. (fitting since the theme was time)
I also feel like I'm neglecting my duties to my next release: DISPOSAL on NOV 14th. I've barely planned anything. I'm usually so organized, but lately I feel so behind as I rush around trying to get to everything. I've already cut back to the minimum on blogging and turned off my social media notifications a while ago... Seems like all I do is tutor and grade papers and laundry - don't forget the laundry...
Once this job is through, I know I'll have some time to work on writing, but I'm already filling it with appointments and other things I've been putting off. Not to mention Christmas is looming!
That felt good. Sometimes a good cry helps let the stress out...
Don't worry. I'll carry on and make it through. Just needed to vent.
How about you? How are things going in your life? Managing?
Now for some GOOD NEWS!
I'm so glad I took the time to do the WEST VIRGINIA BOOK FESTIVAL with my steady book event buddies, Elizabeth Seckman and Ashley Chappell-Peeples! Also met some other savvy writers, including Darin Kennedy - a fellow Curiosity Quills writer. Had a lovely time. And sold many books!
And here are the scintillating results from my Writer's Life Survey #12:
Which of these spine-tingling genres do you like the most?
Have you written any horror or scary stories?
How about a mystery/suspense/thriller?
Ever been to an inspirational place for a murder scene?
- There are some old buildings and castles in England that would be great locations.
- Just send me out after dark alone and my mind runs wild
- I've been camping a few places that had that vibe.
- Lots of back country roads
- Any place can make a great murder scene!
- Hiking in the Grand Canyon. Could only imagine the stuff that goes on/has gone on in those canyons!
Well, that was fun! Hope you had a Happy Halloween and got some of your favorite candy!
Thanks to all those who played!
Next month, since I'll be releasing DISPOSAL on NOV 14th - I'll have a special survey to go with the release party. Still time to sign up
if you'd like to host a post or give me a shout or read an ARC copy for review.
Also wanted to give a shout out for FULL DARK - What happens in the dark will come to light.
FULL DARK is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.
Just A Matter of Time
by Loni Townsend
by David Powers King
Taking Care of You
by Carrie Butler
by Lisa Buie-Collard
by Nick Wilford
by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling on Rainbows
by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan
by Tonja Drecker
by Michelle Athy
by Laura Rich
by Melissa Maygrove
FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
Gary Sinise Foundation
Published by Obsidian Books
PS - Is anyone out there doing NANOWRIMO this November? If so, GOOD LUCK!!