My friend’s kids know when she gets to the seventh ever, or the seventh never, they’re in real trouble. You know what I’m talking about. Maybe your mother employed this same tactic.
It goes like this:
If you ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER do that again…and you can fill in the rest.
I’d better never, never, never, never, never, never, NEVER catch you doing that again!
Kind of like when mom uses your middle name.
Me, I was a counter. If started counting and got to three, my daughter knew she’d better be doing whatever she was supposed to be doing, or stop whatever she wasn’t supposed to be doing. When she got a little older, all I had to say was, “Don’t make me count!”
What does this have to do with writing? Simply this:
I will never, never, never, never, never, never, NEVER predict when I’ll have a book done ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER again.
I hate that I said the sequel to On the Buckle would be out at the end of 2014 and didn’t come close. I was struggling with the plot line and decided to write The Roar of Smoke instead. Last year, I got going on it again and promised it would be out this past spring.
Life is life. It’s full and busy and hectic and filled with distractions–some good, some not so much. Like all authors, writing isn’t the only thing I do. Some writers are able to focus on it full time or close to it, and some manage to do that while also holding down another job and raising kids and who knows what else. I admire them. Whether it’s because I’m not that organized or have other priorities or just like and need more down time (this last one is a big part of it), I never write as much as I’d like or as much as I think I should. Sometimes, heck–most times–at the end of the day, I just want to sit down and watch TV with my family. Could I get up earlier and write? Yes, but I fight my night owl tendencies, and have never really liked getting out of my cozy bed. Plus, I’ve tried life without enough sleep, and it ain’t pretty. I envy those who can function on only 6-7 hours of sleep a night. Things get ugly if I get fewer than 8+ for a couple of nights in a row.
The stories that want to be told will be written in their own time. When they’re ready, they’ll be published. That’s all I can say for sure.
In the meantime, I’ve decided to try something new. I’m going to be sending out my newsletter monthly with something in it for you to read. Could be a short story by me, could be an excerpt from another author. Some fiction, some non-fiction. I hope you will enjoy having this content land in your email box each month. Every story or excerpt might not be to your taste. That’s okay, you don’t have to read every one. This isn’t homework. My hope is you’ll discover new voices you like along the way.
Look for your first short story by the end of this month. Love’s Imprint is a true story written by me and is my very first publishing credit. Please consider forwarding or sharing the newsletter when you get it so others can sign up and enjoy a free monthly read as well.
Until then, enjoy the ride!