Sooooo…I'm all partied out.
No, not really! But all that rich food and sitting indoors out of the snow and negative wind chills…done. Time to get back to work.
Actually, I haven't stopped working! And I've loved every minute of it. It was made more special by having my entire family around this holiday season. You have to treasure these times, because they're impossible to predict. People get jobs, lose jobs, move, travel, marry, divorce–you just don't know what lies in store for us. I'm deeply grateful for whatever cosmic force has enabled me to spend my holidays with everyone here, even though I had to exert triple the self-discipline just to stay productive.
On the writing front, I'm continuing to write and upload chapters of my revised romance novels to Wattpad. I am so very thankful to all of you who read my work and vote for it every week! You are all so motivating! I promise to keep to my writing schedule and to continue to get those chapters up there for you. If you would like to take a peek, my user name is studiomaya.
Some of you may be saying, wait, what? Romance? Yeah, I've been telling people for years that I don't write romance. Well, once upon a time, I did write romance, and these two novels date back to that period in my life when I was trying to crack the romance writing market via New York publishing houses. I was not successful, and that turned out to be a Very Good Thing, because I didn't have Story Grid in those days. I am putting these novels through the grid, and it's been the best academic exercise for my writing, period. I'm hoping that the benefits of my Cassandra Austen project will translate over into better writing for the books that I am concentrating on right now, the Deep State series. If you want to take a peek at Deep State, the first five chapters are available for download if you sign up for my newsletter. A few chapters of my historical romance, The Portrait, are also available if you sign up for my Cassandra Austen newsletter right on the front page of Cassandra's website.
And last, on the editing front, I am having so much fun talking to people about their writing! Wow! So many hard-working writers out there, determined to actually put out the word count and get their books finished in 2018! I'm one of you, people–I'm going to put both romances out and at least one of the Deep State books, but it's hard work. As Steve Pressfield says, you have to “turn pro.” When you decide to turn pro, you don't make excuses, you just do the work. I've put together an accountability newsletter group for all of us who want to “turn pro” this year and actually finish these projects and move them down the pipeline. If you'd like to join us, just sign up in the box on the right-hand side of the page, or go to the accountability newsletter signup page here. This isn't a “busy” newsletter. I don't have time to read lots of newsletters, do you? But one thing I like to do as an editor is to remind people (repeatedly) that you aren't alone, you can absolutely get this thing done, and that you can only “fix” something that exists in front of you–you can't edit work that only lives in your head. So I'll just reach out to you once or twice a month, hopefully with some motivational-speak for writers. It'll be fun and not in your way, I promise!
I've got a big deadline staring me in the face, so I'm off to spit out word count….