Breather

Reasonable Doubt 300 DPI Less than two weeks ago, I turned in the manuscript for my thirteenth novel, Reasonable Doubt. What I had pitched as an approximately 70K word story had morphed into almost 90,000 words and by the time I typed THE END, the adrenaline ride left me feeling a bit drained.

My normal practice, immediately after wrapping up a current work, is to jump into one of the many projects I have lined up and I have plenty. My next project is a Luca Bennett story to be included in a novella trilogy, Girls with Guns, produced by Bold Strokes Books and including the work or Ali Vali and Michelle Grubb. After that, I’ll start writing the second book in the Lone Star Law Series, Above the Law. Then I have a contract for another romantic suspense stand alone, Without Justice. In the midst of all that, I’ll be attending Houston Pride this June and GCLS in New Orleans this July, and then Reasonable Doubt hits shelves in September, so it will be time to get out and start promoting again.

Deep breath.

Don’t get my wrong, I love the pace and I thrive on the energetic pull of stories begging to be told, but I’ve decided to take a few weeks off to relax to let my brain rest and let the story ideas gel. This probably won’t last long. I’m on day eleven now and Luca is talking my ear off. I’m thinking in another week or two, this story is going to write itself ๐Ÿ™‚

How do you rejuvenate after finishing up a big project? Chime in below by May 12th and I’ll draw two names for an ebook copy of Lay Down the Law on my next blog date, May 13th.

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19 thoughts on “Breather

  1. I for one am excited every time I see a new Carsen Taite book. Thanks for all your efforts in making reading enjoyable. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I read. A lot. That’s my best relief after a massive project- which for me is regularly tax season, but there are other projects of shorter duration (usually a play or musical) which also engender a reading binge at the end of them. I generally have two speeds, fast and faster, but books take my mind to a completely different place and that just washes all the stress and busy-ness of a big project away. Picked up my first Carsen Taite novel today- already looking forward to my read/walk tonight (yes, I read while I walk, only injured myself once, so far…). ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I admire your energy. I’m not a writer, but I love to read, and so far have read 6 of your books. Loved them all so far. Being stuck on “house arrest” because of my kidney transplant 2 weeks ago has given me time to read more, and now I’m journaling, so I don’t know how you do it all.

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  4. That makes me exhausted just thinking about your schedule! I don’t write books, but I do write code, and I find the best way for me to rejuvenate is to be outside working in the garden or yard. Doing something completely different then what I do all day. It really helps to get my head back in the game, and often I find I can work out problems that I was stuck on while getting my garden in shape!

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  5. Would love an e-copy….please put me into the draw….and they say that #13 is the very best …good luck with “Reasonable Doubt”. Thanks so much

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  6. Carsen,

    I have become a great fan of your writing (after being introduced to it here on Women and Words) so I am delighted that you are incredibly busy!

    I am not a fiction writer, but have been working on a lengthy local history writing project and find that after several hours hunched over the keyboard I need to just do something completely different. This winter that was cleaning closets! [Where did all of these shoes come from and who is wearing them?! What are all of these old โ€˜office-workโ€™ clothes doing here – I retired 4 years ago and havenโ€™t looked at them since?!]

    Looking forward to your new publications!
    Lynn

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  7. G’day,
    Sounds like you have it cut out for yourself!! Look forward to reading this one ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    All the best for the upcoming ventures. Just remember when you take a deep breath…to breathe out again ๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers.

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  8. Wow you have been busy Carsen, thanks for all you do to keep me entertained. My down time includes reading lesfic and sleeping. Many times I’ve been found asleep with the eReader laying on my face because I couldn’t force myself to put a good book down.

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    1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who can’t put down a good book. I just extended my walk so I could have an excuse to keep reading Courtship since I have things I’m supposed to be doing that preclude reading this evening… I’ll probably fall asleep with the book tonight.

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  9. After a project I tend to get really quiet and want to be left alone for a day or two. I spend that alone time either sleeping or reading .

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  10. After a big project i like to take some time off and spend it with my family. It helps me to unwind and have some fun.

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  11. Carsen, I support your breather, although I’m excited to hear about the Luca story. You know I’m one of her biggest fans. I unwind after a big writing project by breaking out a new sketchbook and working on drawings of characters. Sometimes I have no idea what their world is or what they’ll end up developing into, if anything. But random sketching… that relaxes my brain.

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  12. I love your writing…please take a few good deep breaths to rejuvenate a bit, you really deserve it after bringing such great reads!!

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  13. Whew! You deserve some down time! I go to the “float” spa to chill and celebrate. Nothing like it to quiet the mind ๐Ÿ™‚

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