Good gracious me, but it’s been a while since I sat down here and had a little chattie-poo with all of you. I’ve been intensely busy this year, and it seems I’ve mostly been posting blogs here by other awesome authors during my Friday spot or doing the hot of the press/coming attractions lists.
Which I LUV doing, friends. Don’t think I’m all Author McBitchyPants up in here. I seriously dig the community all of you have helped build here at Women and Words, and that would not have been possible without all of the authors, readers, publishers, and book lovers who congregate here, comment, and share the luv and the blogs. So thanks for that.
Anyway. Those of you who hang out among us who are authors know that there’s a hell of a lot more that goes into a writing life than just sitting down and
bleeding putting words onto the page. And you know, too, that some years are better than others in terms of things you publish and money you make. Those things are often determined by things beyond your control, including but not limited to family obligations, things that come up, and things that come down, unfortunately. Many of us also have full-time day jobs that we have to balance with our writing, and there are those among us who have kids AND day jobs and they’re trying to balance all of that.
So let’s go have a look at Andi’s nutty, crazy, wtf*ck writing life.
This year is a weirdly transitional year in terms of writing for me, in that I’ve got 5 books that came off the market and I’m frantically trying to get them back on the market as well as produce new writing. And work a full-time day job. And do Women and Words. And go to writing conferences. And serve as an editor on a women’s spec fic ezine. And deal with family obligations and the usual run-of-the-mill life things that come up.
All that said, I’ll give you a rundown of what my writing life has looked like over the past year, because I think sometimes people who don’t
get stuck in deal with a writing life don’t realize what all’s involved.
My co-edited anthology (with R.G. Emanuelle) All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Romance and Erotica came out last August or thereabouts and made the finalists’ list at the Rainbow Awards, the Lambdas, and the Goldies. R.G. and I both attended the Lambdas (June — my first time!) and the GCLS (July).
I’ve also written several short stories since last fall that are appearing or will appear in various anthologies in coming months. Those include “SpiritQuest, LLC” which appeared in the 2014 Ylva Halloween anthology Wicked Things; “Season’s Meetings” in the 2014 Ylva Christmas/holiday anthology Unwrap These Presents (which won a Goldie for anthology); “The Sum of Our Parts,” (written earlier this year) which will appear in the forthcoming LadyLit anthology First; “Secret Admirer,” in the Ylva Don’t Be Shy erotica anthology part 3 that just released this month.
In May, I decided I wanted to write something longer than short stories. So I started hammering away on a Halloween-ish novella that ended up being around 47K words (which is actually a short novel, it seems). That longish novella, The Secret of Sleepy Hollow, will be published this October by Ylva.
Also in May, I started working on what I thought was going to be a Christmas novella because I had this idea for a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” You know the story — Ebenezer Scrooge is a big ol’ jerkface so he gets 3 visits from various ghosts to take him on a “this is your life” tour to see if he’ll realize the error of his ways and get it together. Well, I just finished (as in, Wednesday night), that project. I was shooting for 35K words. I got 70K. I’ll let you know if anybody picks that up. 😉 And yes, you read that right. I’ve written over 100K words since May, squishing them in somehow between my other obligations listed above and the traveling I do for work and writing. That’s not a usual thing for me, to write that much in that amount of time, but when the muse speaks, I listen.
Let’s chat a bit about the books I’ve pulled off the market. Two of my mysteries — Land of Entrapment and State of Denial — are either off the market (Land) or will be (State) this year. I am trying very hard to get these ready to go back on the market, but there are many things in play with regard to these books. I’ll keep you posted. No worries.
All three of the Far Seek Chronicles (my space opera series) are off the market as of July 1. Why is this? Well, like my mysteries, the contracts were coming due to expire and I was feeling a bit restless and wanted to see if I could do something different with them. I am working on book 4, and I’m working on some things to get the first 3 back on the market. When I know what’s up, I’ll let YOU know.
And because somehow, I’m just not busy enough, my co-editor in crime, R.G. Emanuelle and I decided to do another food-related lesbian romance and erotica volume. That one’s called Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance and Erotica. More details on that later. It will be published by Ylva.
Okay. So. Writers, you know how this is, balancing life/work/writing. What I didn’t include above is the work I do with Women and Words all the time and the work I do on my own blog. And the promo and social media engaging and chit-chatting and behind-the-scenes mentoring. I am
sometimes drowning immersed in a writing life, and I love every freaking minute of it.
I do pay a price if I’m not careful. I’m paying a little bit of that price now. I’m exhausted. Mostly physically, but also mentally. So I’m engaging in self care this weekend, staying away from the writing, and doing some fun stuff. Because that, too, my friends, is part of a writing life balance. You have got to get self care in there. Hell, self care should be part of life balance, period. But in terms of this blog thingie today, it’s crucial for a writing life.
Speaking of, it’s time for me to go get a work out in and then a tai chi class. Because if I don’t, I totally will become Author McBitchyPants and nobody wants that.
So, my friends, whatever you’re doing in your lives, find your balance and live your passions. Just remember that even things you love doing can wear you down. So take some time off from them, too, for recharging.
Oh, and if you’re so inclined, what are some of the things YOU do to recharge? Inquiring minds!
Happy Friday, everybody!