Saturday, April 6, 2013

On Life and Making Time

It's been a while.

And I mean a while.

These past few months have taken a lot out of me. There hasn't been one thing (other than work) that's doing it. It's more that there's been so much, and my energy level just hasn't been able to keep up. I've been wanting to write and read and do all of the things, but more often than not I find myself lying in bed or sitting on the couch, eyes glazed, catching up on old TV shows.

I'm just tired.

So I started taking hot yoga. And that's helped. The next step is to force myself out of bed earlier in the mornings so I can be motivated. When I get up and run or do strength training then write, it changes my day completely. I just have to find the will to get out of bed before the very last minute.

That's the next step.

I've been working my way through a rewrite of my NaNo project. I had a lot of steam. Then I got stuck. My CP read my first 20k and gave me some really helpful feedback. I'm excited to make those changes and move forward, but I just need to do it. I need to force myself to sit down and write. I need to be accountable to my stories, my passions, my dreams. I thought if I told you all about it, that's another group of people who know where I am and how I'm trying to move forward.

I'm going to try to blog more if only in an effort to keep myself accountable--to give updates, to write book reviews, to be a part of the community. You guys are the best, and I'm so thankful for you all!

A few updates. First, I cut my hair.

Second, my blog is going to get a mention in the paper back of Shadow and Bone--which I think is a brilliant marketing idea.

Now, off to writing!


  1. First of all, your hair looks amazing! Second, you're not alone on the discipline issue. This is a busy time of year for me, and right now I feel like I'm behind on everything, including writing. I hope you find the energy and the motivation you need to keep plugging away at your story!

    1. Thank you! And I'm glad to hear I'm not alone. I hope you find motivation, too. :)

  2. I'm glad to see you're back. Your hair looks great! Good luck with your revising. :)

  3. 1. Your haircut is darling. Very dramatic.
    2. I read Shadow and Bone after reading your review here, and I loved it. I studied Russian in college, so I thought the Slavic influence was so fun.
    3. If you need a reason to keep writing, here's one: I AM DYING TO READ WHAT COMES NEXT! Dying, I tell you! I caught the flu this week, and while I was feverish I had a dream that I read the rest. And then I woke up. BOO. Although that's probably good, because what I dream-read wasn't as interesting as what you come up with. Although I do believe Danielle met Pallas.

    1. 1. Thank you :)
      2. I'm so glad you read it! I love love love Shadow and Bone and will probably be re-reading it very soon in preparation for Siege and Storm.
      3. Your reason counts as one million. Also, Pallas and Danielle meeting? Yes, please.

  4. First - LOVE the hair! Second, congrats on the Shadow and Bone mention! That's awesome! And I know the feeling - I've been very out of the blogging world due to work and revising. Good luck with yours!

  5. I'm definitely dragging my feet on my revisions because I'm working two jobs and by the time I get home, I just want to read or watch TV or not think. I was on spring break this week, and I was SO SURE I'd get ALL THE REVISING done. And...I didn't. So I totally get it!

    Good luck getting back on track!

  6. I've already told you this, but this haircut is awesome! Love it. :) I really hope things slow down a little for you and that you get a second wind. I haven't been the best blogger lately, but I'm hoping to get myself on some kind of schedule too.

  7. Your hair looks SO awesome! WOW! *in awe*

    Good luck getting back to writing, editing and blogging ^_^