moving on

Music Monday – I’m Moving On

on December 9, 2013

I’m kicking off the last week at my day job, and my emotions are all over the place. I’m happy I’ll have more time to write and focus on the books, but I’m also scared to death. I’ve been with this company for seven and a half years, which is longer than I’ve ever stayed in the same job in my life. (I’m a bit of a nomad.) These people aren’t just co-workers, but friends. Not seeing them every weekday is going to be weird. 

But, I make a conscious effort in my life to remain positive at all times, and this is definitely the time to turn that up a notch. Though this week is going to be bittersweet, I need to do this. I need to put all of my focus and energy into this writing career and do it right. I can’t do that if I have two full time jobs. 

I’ve had the privileged once before in my life to spend my days doing something I truly loved. And after six and a half years as a disc jockey on country radio, I rode off into the sunset playing this song. Seems fitting to play it for yet another big change in my life. 

I’m Moving On…

 

And We’re Moving On…

on August 28, 2010

The new condo I was so excited about that I was supposed to be moving into next weekend is officially kaputz. Well, the condo is still there, we’re just never going to live in it. And before anyone says “That’s too bad”, I have to say, no it isn’t. Not at all.

This thing fell through for a few reasons, but the bottom line is that by the time the contract ran out, I had plenty of reasons to no longer want the property. So really, it worked out for the best and the way I see it is I dodged a good sized bullet. Since the problem had nothing to do with me, I’m good to keep looking. Stay tuned to see if we hop back on the home buying merry-go-round.

Now it’s time to get back to my life. The life I had planned way back in May before this cluster began. I’m going to finish this Erotic Romance short story, write a short short for submission to Woman’s World, and then dig into this MS and get her polished and ready to go. My goal is to do all this by September 30, which I realize is a bit overly-ambitious, but aim high, right?

However, before I dig into any of this, I’m off this weekend to bring Kiddo home. Then Sunday night my dad flies in for a visit. Right now he only has a one way ticket, and I’m partially suspicious my mother is trying to shake him. Never fear, he will be returned. It’ll just be interesting to see which one of us breaks first.

Letting LETTING GO Go

on October 24, 2009

I know this title is confusing, but it’ll make sense in a minute. And for the record, this is a POSITIVE blog.

I received feedback on the first three chapters of my WIP this week, and the information was encouraging and enlightening. There were observations I’ve never heard before, which was great. And much of it confirmed issues I’ve been feeling but couldn’t pin down.

Imagine the opportunity to climb into the mind of a top editor, read their thought processes, understand what they’re looking for, and receive tips on how to achieve what it is you want to create. So many authors write in a bubble then submit, get rejected, and never really know why. I’ve been fortunate to learn now why I would be rejected and what I need that I’m missing.

What I’ve also figured out is that LETTING GO as it is now, the plot and conflict I’ve created, is not a viable story. At least not to be a Single Title Contemporary, which is what I want to write.

I’m not completely giving up on Bryan and Celi and I already have some ideas to transform the story. But for now, I’m moving on. I’ve had several story ideas pop into my head in the last couple years, all of which I’ve pushed to the back until I could finish this first WIP. It’s time to give those stories a chance.

I’m now plotting and developing a new story in preparation for NaNo. It’s set in a small town high school in Ohio (no resemblance to Glee) and comes ready-made with great built-in conflict. I’m excited about starting something new and look forward to making it shine.

Thank you to everyone who visits this blog and cheers me on in this crazy endeavor. And thank you for loving my characters and always having something sweet to say about my writing. As I always say, you can never have too much sunshine shot up your…tookus.

Your turn to share. Anything you’ve given up that you realized you should have let go of a long time ago? Ever have that liberating feeling? Anyone jumping into something new and exciting?