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#ISWG – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (But It’s All Good)!

 

I missed last months post, and nearly missed this month as well, thanks to the flu. It’s that time of year here in Australia, and I get sick so easily at the best of times. Of course, I scheduled to get the flu shot the day before I got sick, but thankfully by the time I went in my fever had broken, so I was able to get it. I seriously hope I can avoid getting that sick again. I end of falling so far behind.

I still haven’t finished writing Episode 20 of my Shadow Stalker serial and Episode 21 is due out tomorrow… guess what’s not happening?

At least I’ve been writing little bits at a time though, and Episode 20 is nearly done. I’ll just release stuff as I finish it until I’m all caught up. Thankfully, I have a great group of readers who seem to be very supportive when I get sick like this. Happens to us all, I suppose.

Writing for me is always slow between March and August, so I think in the future I need to plan for that…and that’s what I wanted to talk about today.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress and anxiety of keeping up with a schedule, especially when you have a chronic illness. For those who don’t know, I have Hashimoto’s Disease, which is an autoimmune disease which affects the thyroid. I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t respond well to the treatment, so most days I feel like I haven’t slept for days, my brain almost always feels like mush, and I won’t even get started on the pain.

I used to get very stressed out and feel like a failure when I couldn’t keep up with writing schedules like other authors, but it was very counterproductive. So I started talking about my illness and my setbacks with others, and it was the best thing I could have done. People are quite supportive, which gave me the push I needed to keep going.

It’s important to recognize your limitations and work with them, rather than trying to force yourself to keep up with everyone else. Instead of worrying whether or not I’m keeping up with my schedule, I rearrange my schedule when I need to, and instead I focus on following a routine. Even when I’m not well, I try to write a little every day. I’ve had days where all I could manage was a few sentences, but every little bit brings me closer to finishing my project.

Some days I can’t write at all, but that’s okay too. I use those days to catch up on other things like emails and promotional stuff. If I can’t get out of bed, I’ll even work from my phone (thank goodness for smartphones, right?). Eventually, I always catch up. It helps that I schedule time off from writing during my daughter’s school holidays, so I can use that time for catching up.

Do you have trouble sticking to a schedule? Do you have an illness or injury that makes it seem impossible? What do you do to keep going? I’d love to hear your story.

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#IWSG – How Being a Writer Has Changed My Experience as a Reader!

Since this is my first time, I think I’ll make it simple and use the suggested question of the month. Well, that and it’s a really good question. I might even add it to my author interview form for my author spotlights!

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

I’ve always had a bad habit of seeing every little error in books I’ve read. Now that my proofreading and grammar skills have improved, it’s gotten worse. I’m not one of those who gets upset over every error I find in a book. After all, everyone makes mistakes and none of us are perfect (and I’ve had plenty of them in my own books, so who am I to complain), but when I read a book that’s littered with dozens of obvious errors on every page, it does get hard to read now, when it’s something I’d easily overlook.

On the plus side, I notice other aspects more too, and I learn a lot about different techniques that can be used to make a story more engaging. When I find a book that really captures my interest, I’ll read it a few times to determine what it is about that book that makes it hard to put down. Then I’ll try to apply that to my own writing.

It really has helped me appreciate what authors go through to bring me the book I’m reading as well. When I get a good story to read, I find the whole experience is just more enjoyable because I understand the process (if that makes sense).

If you’re a writer, I’d love to share how being a writer has changed your reading experiences. And if you’re a reader, what do you get from your reading experiences?

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Weekly Fantasy Fix: Happy New Year! What’s Your Resolution?

 

The new year is always such an exciting time for me. I love the possibility of a fresh start (actually I’m sort of addicted to fresh starts…long story) and that’s what New Year represents to me. It’s a chance to reflect on everything you’ve accomplished in the last year and start making plans for the new one.

Every year I tend to feel as though I haven’t done much, but as soon as I start going through everything, I always realize I’ve done a lot more than I imagined.

So, let’s reflect. What have I done in 2016 (because I know it wasn’t as much as I was hoping due to being sick for so long)? I finished Part 3 of my Shadow Stalker serial and started Part 4. I’ve begun the process of re-editing Part 1. I’ve started the foundational work on two new novel series, one of which will be written under a pen name. I also started a short story I was going to submit for entry in Crimson Edge’s anthology, but I didn’t finish it in time. Now, I’m reconsidering that story idea for another series. I also finished the edits on my Makari’s Mission novella that’s being published in a charity anthology being released this coming April.

I’ve definitely accomplished a lot more than I thought. 😀

This coming year I will finish Part 4 of my Shadow Stalker serial. I also plan to write at least the first two novels in my A God’s Deception series and the first in my other series. And towards the end of the year, I’ll begin work on my new serial. I don’t have a name for that one, but it’s going to be about the origin of the shadow stalkers, so it will be pretty awesome! Oh, and I’m going to…yes, absolutely going to finish a short story for this years anthology that Crimson Edge will be putting out in 2018.

So are you taking advantage of this opportunity for a new start? What do you plan to accomplish in 2017? I’d love for you to contact me and tell me all about it!

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