Happy New Year all!
I have a confession – I took a month off. December to be exact. Not all of it, but most. I hadn’t intended on doing that. What I had intended was to put the nose to the grindstone, get lots of writing done while on vacation from the day job over the holidays and make massive headway on A HINT OF SCANDAL, the last book in the SINS & SCANDALS Series.
I did none of those things. I tried, but my brain kept sputtering out. My attention span ambled off to parts unknown. My drive to put said nose to said grindstone took a lengthy hiatus. None of these things seemed inclined to return with any kind of swiftness. Their departure left a bit of a gaping hole I was having difficulty filling. At first, I tried to force the issue. Demanded my get up and go hustle on back and get itself back to work. A demand that was summarily rejected and overruled by my brain that wanted to muck about and…play.
We have no time to play! We have a deadline for crying out loud! I stamped my foot, fired off my most withering death glare and waited for everyone to fall back in line.
Nothing happened. Nada. Zip. I was politely informed that everyone was taking a vacation. Starting now. This moment. And until further notice. Negotiations ensued. I offered them a week, they suggested six months. I countered with a week and two days. They reminded me that I was running on fumes, that I was neglecting a million other important things and focusing only on one. I reminded them that we had worked really hard to get where we are and had to keep it up or lose it all. They suggested my catastrophic thinking was a little ridiculous and short-sighted. It went back and forth until finally we came to an agreement: I would take off the month of December. We would all get back to work once the holidays were over. We would finish the book.
Then I would take six months off and work on something completely different. Write a the book I had been percolating for months on end that was far outside my wheelhouse. I would rediscover the creativity and play of venturing into foreign territory without a compass.
And so here we are – back to work after a much needed mental break (I hate it when my brain is right…) and looking forward to finishing A HINT OF SCANDAL then diving off the edge into a creative pool to learn how to swim again.
Today has proven to be a pretty good day all around.
For starters, it is part of a long weekend, and I do love my long weekends. I am currently overlooking the fact that it is gray and somewhat rainy. And by overlooking, I mean I’m in denial. But I digress. The really great part about this day is that I have finished all my uploads to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and CreateSpace for A SCANDALOUS PASSION – Book 2 in THE SINS & SCANDALS SERIES. It will take a few days for it to become live on most sites, but it’s already live on Amazon which makes for a happy day.
And the second part of the happy day is, that my editor from Harlequin sent me an email today with the title and release date for my second western historical. The first, SALVATION IN THE RANCHER’S ARMS is available for pre-order now and will be released August 2015. It’s follow up, SALVATION IN THE SHERIFF’S KISS will be released in February 2015 – just in time for Valentine’s Day.
So how am I going to celebrate all this good news? Wild party? Copious amounts of wine? Running through the streets shouting at the top of my lungs? No. Something even better. I’m going to spend a few hours this afternoon at the local coffee shop working on Book 3 in The Sins & Scandals Series, A SINFUL TEMPTATION.
Followed by wine and the requisite running through the streets.