Saturday, March 1, 2014

When It (Writing) Stops Being Fun~What to Do?

*I will try to keep by whiny self reined in, but I can't promise if some leaks out in this post*

So, what do I have to complain about this weekend? There is any number of things, royalties, publishers, reviews, promo, sales, social media, blah, blah, blah. The on-going and increasingly boring debate over self-pub and trad pub. The jaw-dropping sense of entitlement some people possess. The jealousy and sour grapes, some of it played out for public consumption.

So what is the upside to all this? The writing. The crafting of the story. As I have said many times, this sprang from my hobby of Sims 2 stories. Never, ever, did I think I would be published. I never would have sent out the first manuscript if my hubs hadn't been behind me encouraging me all the way. My first effort was accepted. Color me stunned. I had no idea what to do next or how to do it. I stumbled along, making a few mistakes along the way.

But I had fun writing, even if all the swirling 'stuff' around me to do with publishing and promo was the furthest thing from fun. I could always turn to the writing. But lately, I'm not feeling it. I've been dragging my heels over self-editing completed manuscripts. Wondering what I am going to do with stories who's rights will reverse to me this year (I will have at least 3) *wrings hands*

I have nothing to whine about. I'm not setting the pub world on fire, but I have a book on a few shelves in brick and mortar stores (Barnes and Noble) Let's face it, we all secretly get a thrill over seeing a print version of your ebook, whether its on  a shelf or in your own hands. I had my first audio book released. Have no idea if its selling, but again, its cool. Even if I can't listen to it more than 2 minutes before running from the room. I got a contract at the #1 Erotic Romance ebook pub in the world, Ellora's Cave (They're still #1, right?) So everything should be coming up daisies.

Maybe its the winter. We've never had so much snow. Could be my low-threshold for bullshit. Maybe I'm getting old and crabby. Or maybe I am teetering on the edge of burn-out. I think its a combo of everything.

So to that end, I am stepping back for a bit. I think its wise. With spring, comes renewal. And baseball! In the next few weeks, March and into April, I'm looking after me. And hopefully, it will become fun again.


  1. Congratulations on your contract offer from EC!! Woot!
    Don't worry Spring will come soon...I hope. lolol

    1. thanks so much, Jan! I think it is the weather, its been a bad winter. With spring, comes a fresh start! :D Cheers for dropping by!


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