It’s been a week. A week of frustration. A week of
decisions. A week of perimenopause.
In other words, a typical week for me these past few years.
Seriously, I haven’t blogged for the past couple of weeks because I’ve been trying to sort out what to do with my blogs now that I’ve made the decision to be a career novelist. Especially since I’ve been frustrated with the novel that I’m writing.
SO…let’s start with the decisions first.
Decisions made this past week
#1. I’m laying down my blog at liveyourdreamswithemily.com. If I try to keep it updated and write novels, I’m going to go insane.
#2. This blog is going to become…wait for it, wait for
it…a blog. My author blog. In other words, I’m usually not going share family
stories. Not because I don’t want to, but because I simply don’t have time if
I’m going to work on novels.
I need to prioritize.
If not every day, then several days a week I’m going to try
to publish a short post summarizing my day as a writer.
#3. I’m going to write 2400 words a day on my novel.
Provided I don’t have a frustrating day or three – like the ones you will hear
about shortly. This is not the most I’ve ever written every day, but it will be
the most I’ve written daily in four or five years.
#4: I’m going to write mostly short-ish novels, between
fifty and sixty thousand words. Much longer, and I start to hate them. Like the
one I’m working on now.
#5. I’m going to start writing more feel-good, lighter,
humorous stories. Because I’m perimenopausal and I need all the levity I can
#1. This blog wouldn’t work for two days.
#2. My novel wouldn’t work for three or four days. I got to
a certain point, and wrote three different scenes to continue after that point.
Ended up chucking them all.
Know why? Because I was trying to stick to my outline, while my muse (okay, we’re mostly Christians here, so I’ll say, the Holy Spirit) was leading me to go in a different direction.
I know where to go from here, so I’m finally looking forward
to writing the rest of it, for the first time in days.
#3. I did a particular promo with My Book Cave that requires me to keep The Envelope priced at free until August 1. I’d been planning to price it at $2.99 and see how sales went with it, because its ranking is pretty good right now.
TMI coming for you men in my audience.
Looks like I’m skipping a period again. Hopefully, I’ll skip
several like I did last July through September.
But because of that, my estrogen levels are whacking out,
and hot flashes are back, brain blips are back, moodiness, digestive
The moodiness has done nothing to help me feel good about
the novel I’m writing.
The good news
Last month, I scheduled a promo for The Envelope with, as I mentioned, My Book Cave. I got more downloads with it than I did the first time I promoted through them. Then, for some reason (God?), FreeBooksy decided that since I’ve been a past customer they’d do a pro-bono promo for me. It was just one day, but I noticed the boost.
Finally, I did a featured promo with Robin Reads this past Sunday.
Because of the momentum I’d received from the other two
promos, the RR promo brought me into first
place in three categories! Not for more than a day or two, but still!!
I continue to get a crazy number of downloads for the novel
every day, and have sold more of my other novels and boxed sets than I usually
have by this time of the month.
I am thrilled. And
planning to either do more book promos, more often, or to start advertising on
Because I’m finally getting serious about making serious
Stay tuned for the upcoming reveal of the cover for the first
novel in my “Pine Mountain Estates” series.