Thursday, 1 February 2018

Vizzini said to go back to the beginning...

We're into the second month of this year and I finally feel like I've caught up from the holidays.
(Note to self: Don't try to blog every day in least until after you're retired.)

But now that we're into 2018 and I look back over last year and I can say writing was a struggle. I managed to get 2 short stories finished. Both were MF to support Haunted Hearts which I re-released in September'16 I think focusing so hard on a genre that I'm not as excited about really hurt my creativity.
Which meant I had to ask myself what do I do next? My daughter was watching Princess Bride where the scene with my dear Inigo came on. He's lost the sword fight with the Dread Pirate Roberts, self doubt is eating him alive, he hasn't found the 6 fingered man and doesn't know what to do next. Pretty much exactly what I was feeling like.  (Except for the ability to sword fight and my father is alive and well but hell yes to the self doubt part.)

So there I was, lost, filled with self doubt, uncertain of whether I should keep writing or pack it all in.
When Hephaestos gave me a hard shove after Inigo's speech. A couple years ago, I got back the rights to the first two books I'd ever written. (as Corinne Davies)

 Believing is Seeing & 
                  Believing is Trusting 

They came out in 2009, Menage, MMF, and heavily influenced by Greek mythology. They're great stories but in desperate need of re-editing and updating. I've learned a lot after 25+ books and these two stories are filled with a lot of rookie mistakes and my writing voice has changed over the last decade.

Believing is Trusting had a small cliffhanger in the epilogue as there was supposed to be a 3rd book in the series, Believing is Loving. Before I had a chance to write it, I'd delved into the world of shapeshifters and started writing my Ecstasy Lake series. The 3rd Believing is book kept getting pushed back and back and eventually the characters stopped talking to me.

Sitting here working through Believing is Seeing, the characters are starting to talk to me again. Like long lost friends who I didn't realize how much I'd missed. I love the loving relationship between the characters in each menage...although Bacchus and Hazel have more of an open inviting relationship rather than a closed menage. We'll see how they feel about that by the time I get to the end of their book. I was never quite certain about their casual third when I ended their book.

Working on re-writing the first two books in the series...which, I'm finding, is more work than writing a book straight out. LoL But, I need to because it's been a long time since I walked in this world. And staring in March I'm going to be working on the 3rd book. 

My plan is to bundle all three books in one when I release them. That way if someone has already read the first two, they aren't paying extra buying them again. I don't have an official release date on them yet but I'm aiming for before 2019 :)  My soft goal is to have print copies at Kalicon this October.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Countdown to New Years - Day 15, 14 & 13

Now I remember why I didn't manage to get a post done every day last year...for the same reason I can't get it together this year.

THE EDJ  (evil day job)

I'm 6 days into an 11day stretch without a day off. Half the time I don't remember what day of the week it is let alone trying to remember to write down what made me happy. There was a pause in the retail christmas craziness today when a sales rep brought us in some cookies. That moment when the sugar, butter, and chocolate hit my tastebuds was sheer ecstasy today. They also had some almond flavouring in them so there was a distinct marzipan aroma and flavour. I was blissed out.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Countdown to New Years- Day 16

I think I remember why I didn't do to well and following through with this last year. As the big day approaches and my EDJ gets more and more hellish, it's harder to think about positive things. It's hard to even want to think about anything happy when I could sit here and fill pages and pages with complaints.
But, one step at a time and all complaints aside, I was happy to come home from work...and I was happier to eat too many mini eclairs.  LoL (My beach body has been put off until next summer...or the summer after.)

Friday, 15 December 2017

Countdown to New Years - Day 17

9 days till Christmas! Yes, we have made it to single digits. To those of you who are sludging through the trenches of working retail this time of year....we're almost there! Stay true to yourself, don't let them get to you.

Friday Flash Fiction will return after the 25th....when my brain recovers from Retail Christmas Syndrome.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Countdown to New Years - Day 18

My whole day was a happy day today!

Really, it was. It was my day off. LoL I laid in bed a read till the obscene hour of 9am, then I sat around in my cozy "Bad Side" sweatshirt and leggings. Did some christmas shopping, spend some time with my husband. It's was an incredibly wonderful day that was way too short.

I'm back to work tomorrow...and everyday...for the next 11 days.  It's almost over for another year

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Countdown to New Years- Day 19

My happy thought for today.


Seriously, is there anything better than lounging in a hot bath with a glass of wine, a couple bath bombs and a book?

Nope, I didn't think so ;)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Countdown to New Years Day 21 & 20

I didn't get my post done yesterday. It wasn't a good day and my brain really wasn't in a happy place and it was a struggle to think of something positive. But, I watched Scrooged and that made me laugh enough to snap out of it...(there are some heavy spots in that movie but I fast forwarded past them.)

In the end I'd say my happy thoughts for Day 22 was giggling at some classic Bill Murray. <3

Today was better and I had a much easier time coming up with some happy thoughts. Hubby suggested we go for a quick tan after I got off work, and my 12 minutes of quiet basking certainly lifted my spirits. (I swear I was a lizard in a past life)

But, what really put me in a good mood today was that earlier my daughter sent me a video on how to make a wreath out of a hanger and a bunch of ornaments. So, on my lunch break I went to the dollar store and picked up what we needed.

It turned out so awesome! We're completely covered in glitter and I'm going to be vacuuming my carpets for eternity to get it out, but I don't care. It was fun spending time with my youngest and creating something really pretty.