I decided to try out a new feature for the blog. I figured since social media is supposed to be, you know, social, I’d highlight what other people are talking about/have going on. So, I figured I could share some posts that struck me, or cover reveals/new releases. Things like that.
Last week, I read this post by Chuck Wendig and have to say I’ve gone through pretty much all these stages at one time or another. 🙂
Then, yesterday L.S. Engler posted this. And I have to say I agree with a lot of what she says. Particularly this:
Ultimately, all I care about is how my writing makes a person feel. While it would be nice if they didn’t, they can forget exactly what I said, what I created, what techniques I used or what words I put together, as long as they remember how the words made them feel. And I hope they make the reader feel joy and happiness and sadness. I hope they feel an incredible, lingering connection to their soul that sticks with them long after they set the book down, staying there in their hearts and minds even if they’re not consciously aware of it. And then, when they hear my name or see my books, they remember those feelings fondly.
That is what I want. Not seeing my book on a shelf in the store(although that would be nice one day), not even making it on a bestseller list(again, it would be absolutely great if that ever happened). I want to make people feel. I want them to be entertained, to laugh, maybe even to cry. Mostly I want them to enjoy the stories these characters have been telling me.
And this morning, from Lydia Sharp, about seasonal writing cycles. I think we all have these cycles. I do, even if mine isn’t tied to seasonal affective disorder. Although I like the way she explained:
Even during the worst bouts, I still have the ability to function day to day. It’s more like an itch I can’t scratch than a broken hip. Sometimes the itch is all I can focus on, and this hinders me, but it doesn’t cripple me.
I’ve felt like that for years. Never enough to really be considered clinical depression, but still there. My cycle seems to be more geared toward the school year. When I only have one kid at home all day, I can get more done. When both are home, and it’s warm out, I’m being dragged outside to play. Nap time will probably be non-existent this year, since the boy doesn’t like to nap when his sister is home.
I actually looked at last year’s numbers, and my highest was in the second quarter(so April, May, June), still mostly during the school year. My second highest was right in the middle of the summer, and I’m not sure how I managed that. Last year, it was the first quarter that was actually my lowest. But, so far this year, I’ve written over 92,000 words. I think my cycle may be even more affected by what I’m working on and what stage it is in, since I get less words while editing than when I’m first drafting. Still, I’m sure I’ll have to remind myself not to feel guilty if I’m not getting the words in while both kids are home. After all, I only have one more year before they’re both in school at least part time.
And finally, Emergence is here! This is the cover reveal I shared last week. It’s currently available on Amazon and I-tunes. It’s not yet available on Nook or Kobo but should be soon. I’m really excited for this one.