Writing in Summer?

I don’t know about you, but my most prolific writing sessions seem to happen in the Spring/Fall and November (which I’m told is part of Winter…I don’t know, I’m from the South). Summertime, which seems like it should be the best candidate for long periods of writing, does not typically afford me enough time to really sink into the stories I’m trying to work on.

As I was thinking about this earlier, I came up with 3 reasons why that might be the case:

1) School is out. Even if you don’t have school aged children at home with you, the change is evident when you walk outside and there are children running around, riding their bikes through town, etc. Their voices ring out down the street and remind you that Summer has come. This then distracts you from your writing.

2) “Nicer” weather. Now I actually do know several people who prefer the cold of winter to the blaring heat of summer; however, for the most Summer is considered to have better weather affords people more opportunities to go to the lake, the amusement park, etc. This mentality leads to more people making trips (day or longer) throughout these few warmer months. Plenty of inspiration can come from these trips and from the nicer weather, but lazy cloud watching doesn’t lend itself to rolling over and writing.

3) Different Schedules. We’ve touched on this is the last two reasons. With summer comes a different schedule. Vacations are taken, day care hours are cut, visits are made, cookouts are had…etc etc etc During the rest of the year (discounting the Holidays of course) there are usually many less obligatory things for us to deal with. Schedules are much more easily set and you get used to writing for an hour in the evenings or right after breakfast. Then summer shows up…breakfast at the lake would be a perfect time to write if you go alone; otherwise, your pages are just likely to get a little wet.

Do you have other reasons why it might be more difficult to get work done during the summer? Is it easier for you to work during the summer?? Let me know! I always look forward to hearing from you!

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Choices, Changes, and Clothes

As some of you have probably noticed, I very rarely include fashion in blog posts. Not that I have any thing against such a thing, mind you, but more that I believe in writing about what I know… And that ain’t it! However, today’s post is about choices so we’ll start with this one.

Mom's Take

Mom’s Take

Dad's Snap

Dad’s Snap

That’s me, today, wearing a piece of clothing I love but normally would never buy.I wear shorts maybe twice a year, and I’m from Oklahoma by way of Central Texas! I always feel self conscious of my legs…

 So what changed?

The honest answer is: absolutely nothing. I’m still a “big” girl, my calves still look like I do marching band every day, and I haven’t completely recognized myself in the mirror for awhile now. So why is today the day to wear this outfit and be okay? Simply because I got tired of seeing it sitting there, waiting; begging for me to slide it on and get dolled up for absolutely no reason at all. I finally CHOSE to let myself wear the outfit and that choice boosted my confidence.

I’ve made a lot of choices in life. Like everyone else. Some were good, some not so great, and some horrendous. One good decision was this outfit, another was starting this blog and self publishing my books. I researched, worked hard, and chose self publishing as a way to retain control of my “life’s work”, my babies. I haven’t sold very many, probably because I chose not to pay for advertising or a book trailer, but I always get good feedback and have given several hundred away with the kindle app.

Now my choice is changing some. As I look to find an agent for other works, i  am also keeping a keen eye out for someone who might eventually be willing to take on the Stone Dragon Saga and all of its extras. I may never find them. But in the mean time, I am also choosing to revamp them a little, throw a few tweaks here and there, and maybe even pay an editor and some advertising. Anyone know how to make an eye catching book trailer?

You see, I chose for years to be lazy. I told myself that I was content with there mere fact that I had put myself ‘out there’ by allowing my books to sit hidden among thousands more on Amazon and Kindle. I felt guilty for contemplating paying for advertising when my daughter wanted a new toy. She has more than enough in her play room (and every other room!) and my choice to use that excuse just doesn’t make sense. See, those pesky choices keep coming back around!

Well now my characters need me to choose… They’re asking for a real chance at the adventure and excitement of being sought after, eagerly awaited, and excitedly devoured by their new readers. I choose to honor that request and that is why I am seeking to change the way I’m publishing. Whether these stay firmly “self published” and I merely put in that extra little bit of effort to polish and market, or they slide into the “traditional” line, the Stone Dragon Saga deserved the chance to really shine and snag readers… And in order for that to happen I must choose change.

We hate change… Why, hello shorts.

Fierce Jungle Pose...MEOW

Fierce Jungle Pose…MEOW

That Bright Sunlight Messing Up My Selfies (but look at those CHEEKBONES!)

That Bright Sunlight Messing Up My Selfies (but look at those CHEEKBONES!)

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Whether it be the choice of clothing, the choice of activity, or the choice to really pursue those dreams…don’t let ‘being content’ with what you’re doing stop you from achieving what you want! Reach for the stars, write your heart out, and let yourself achieve!