Time To Get To Work...

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Following on last week’s post about my trying to do too many things at once, I have had a look at where I spend most of my writing time. I enjoy all of the writing and editing that I do and each serves its own purpose.

PHS allows me to work with ladies I love, writing about topics I love, while networking and building a platform.

This site allows me a place to chat and introduce myself to potential readers, also platform building, but without the large audience I can reach at PHS.

Writing fiction feeds my soul. I am truly happiest when I am exploring the lives and loves of my characters.

None of these is eating up a huge amount of time, but my website does tend to get a bit more attention at times than my fiction. This isn’t really great considering my NWS deadline is creeping closer by the day. 

Because of my need to finish my WIP and synopsis for submission in August, I have decided to relax a bit here. I will continue to post, but more when I have something I want to say or report, instead of every week just because. I will continue doing reviews as often as possible (if not every month than every other), though, because I love reviewing and I hope when I am publishing others do the same for me. 

But until the end of August, when my WIP has been submitted to the RNA New Writers Scheme, I need to focus more on finishing that, so if I disappear here and there or am not posting as often, please don’t worry or lose interest. I’m still here—writing—and striving to have my first book finished by deadline. 

Wish me luck!

Two Rabbits

Saturday, 13 May 2017

I saw the Russian Proverb, below, on someone’s Facebook the other day. I can’t really remember whose. It doesn’t matter; what matters is that it hit home for me.

As you probably already know, I have ADHD. This means that in addition to being a hot mess, I get bored easily and have a very short attention span. I have pretty much the same attention span as a doughnut. It also means that I have at least 3 projects on the go at any one time—and those are just writing projects! And, I have a multitude of crafts that I do.

I write and edit for The Pink Heart Society, I write fiction, I write for my website, I coach cheerleading, I have 2 young children, and I have a full time (rather demanding) job. It could definitely be said that I have taken on more than I can chew.

That’s not to say that I don’t get everything done. I get most things done—in a last-minute, blind-panic sort of way. Lately, though, I have found that I seem to be taking little chunks out of lots of projects (craft and writing), but getting nowhere with any of them. I’m chasing two rabbits. Or more likely 22.

The one thing that seems to get neglected the most is my fiction and with the deadline for submission in the RNA New Writer’s Scheme creeping closer day by day, I really need to fix that. Should that be the rabbit I chase?

The truth is, I will never be able to chase only one rabbit. I’m just not wired that way. I am happiest, not to mention calmest, when I have more than one project to bounce between. If one gets boring, I simply swap! Of course, I can’t keep running between this many projects or I won’t get any of them finished.

It’s time to cut back a bit and get more organised. 

I can’t really drop my job or kids. I can’t quit coaching—besides, I really enjoy it. I think the main ways I can cut back are to limit my crafting. Notice, I’m not saying I won’t craft at all. I’m just not going to worry so much about developing Once Upon a Time Gifts just yet. I’m making things for a fair I’m attending in a few weeks, but I’m not setting up the website or Etsy shop until I have dropped some of my other commitments.

As for writing and editing, I would never be able to give these up— I am a writer, always have been. To stay on top of these commitments, I will have to get more organised. I am going to start scheduling my writing time and most importantly, I am going to assign certain tasks to certain times. For example, If I breakdown how much time I need to spend on each task (and stay off of Facebook!), I should have no problem keeping on top of things.

How about you? Do you have too much to do and not enough time to do it in? Have you found a way to get everything done without losing your mind? I’d love to hear about how you tackle your busy life in the comments below.

His Ex's Well-Kept Secret by Joss Wood

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Single mother, Piper Mills, has a lot on her plate these days. She needs money to buy her family home and keep from losing it to foreclosure. And there’s only one way she can’t get that money. Piper must sell her family’s stash of sapphires to the man she spent a wild few nights with not even a year ago.
Thanks to amnesia from a car accident, Jaeger Ballantyne had no idea what happened between him and Piper in Milan, but meeting with her now he is full of ideas… but he knows he shouldn’t act on any of them. The sapphires Piper wants to sell him may be worth a small fortune—if they are the stones he believes they are-- and he wants them for his business.
When Piper realises that Jaeger doesn’t remember anything about those wild nights they shared in Milan, getting him to buy the sapphires is the least of her worries. Piper has to figure out whether or not to tell Jaeger about her son, his son.
This was a captivating, steamy read from start to finish. Joss Wood has created characters who interact in ways that will make your heart race—even when they are fully dressed! The dialogue between them sparked and the sexual tension seeped off of the pages. Once again, Joss has given her readers everything they could ask for with this sexy read.
Piper and Jaeger’s story is only the beginning. This book, His Ex’s Well-Kept Secret, is the first in the new series, The Ballantyne Billionaires, and you can bet I’ll be on watch for the next in the series!

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