I've been on extended hiatus...due to *ahem* life changing events. For months I struggled to read, to be creative in any way. Adapting to my *new* life - accepting things beyond my control - finding the will (and the desire) to forgive stole my time, my energy, my attention. Pushing through to write was simply...not working. So, I set aside my pencil and notebook. And began living again.
A few interesting things happened along the way.
I started a contemporary story. I started a fantasy/supernatural story. I waffled. I hemmed and hawed. I stuttered. The words would not come. I railed. I shouted. I felt discouraged. And then, I picked up my most recent novel ... and read it. Understanding dawned, so incredibly simple, which I should have known all along. Historical romance is my genre. It is what I love to read...and it dominates the ideas rattling around in my brain. My characters speak formally. My characters want to be prim and proper. (Well, outside of the bedroom, anyhoo!) Write what comes naturally...else be prepared for a hard road to hoe. To quote that famous (or infamous) utterance of late - 'Ain't nobody got time for that!' Phew.
The realization that I enjoy working outside of my home hit me like a thunderbolt, er, once I settled into a routine and gained my bearings. Smart and sassy suits, heels, nail polish, and accessories are a great deal of feminine fun. I may have become *stylish*! Who'd have thought it... Ha!
Love, sweet and elusive pleasure that it is, stole into my life. An adventure of the best sort...
Discovering myself anew is challenging. Fulfilling. Exciting. Picking up the pieces, taking control of my life, and embracing it wholeheartedly, I'm anticipating good things.
On The Writing Scene
Reviews are piling up, and I'm thrilled with what readers have to say about A Practical Arrangement.
With little to no promotion since my initial book tour, and lack of promotion on my other novels, I happily report steady - and climbing sales! I thank the *romance gods* and die-hard readers. Thank you!
Over the next week, I want to organize a manageable plan of action for at least some promotion. I also will set aside a small writing time for each day. This is non-negotiable. I will give myself a kick in the pants...and ask my children to help out (which they will be more than glad to do!).