Wednesday, May 4, 2016

There's More to Life...

So, I feel kinda bad... I've been MIA these past few months, and not just on here, but everywhere. My Twitter account has cobwebs, and Facebook has been sending me these "Um, you haven't posted anything in a while... Are you still alive" type of messages. Well, I just wanted to post a little something to let you all know (all three of you? on a good day?) I am still here. I have not left the writing world, I have not let my fame and fortune go to my head (little humor), and I am STILL working on my sequel.

Here's the thing. I am not just a writer. Don't get me wrong... I enjoy writing. Some days I love it. And in a perfect world, I'd be able to do it eight hours a day. But this is not a perfect world. Other things in my life take precedence, and I'm not afraid to admit that.

As writers, there's this unspoken rule (actually, it's not really unspoken) that our entire lives must revolve around writing. We have to write every day (if you're not finishing a book/year, why bother?), know what's going on in the business, be active on half a dozen social media sites, read until our eyes bleed (and if you can't finish a book/week, then you shouldn't write books), own this book/that book, have read this book/that book, love Star Wars/Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings, think Stephenie Meyers and E.L. James both suck and question how they ever got published... blah, blah, blah. Okay, I'm getting off track--my disillusionment with the writing community is whole other post. What I'm saying is, I'm tired of "the rules" and of people telling me I have to do A, B, and C in order to be a "real" writer. I am a writer, but it doesn't define my life. I'm a hard-working employee, a wife, a daughter, and most of all, a mother.

My life is busy right now. I'm still working on my sequel when I can, and it will come out (eventually) one way or another. I am in love with the story, and I think readers are really going to enjoy the little journey I take them on. That being said, I'm busy. And I'm tired. And I'm doing the best I can.

Thank you to those of you who still stop by occasionally looking for updates. I promise you, you will get the opportunity to read the continuation of Allison's story (it might not be for five more years... KIDDING!). As always, thank you for loving her story and for your continued support!!

5 comments:

  1. *hugs your beautiful face*

    Being a writer doesn't define you. Being a human does. And to stay a sane human, you have to prioritize. Family + health always take precedence. I personally can't wait to read Allison's next book when it's finished! But take as long as you need. That "must publish one book a year" rule is not written in stone. Some of the most successful and amazing authors out there take YEARS to write each book. Just ask Diana Gabaldon. ;) So take as long as you need. Your fans, friends, and future readers will still be here when you have time to move writing back up on the priority totem pole. <3

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    1. Aw, thanks for your sweet words, friend :) It took me a while to reach that point of being "okay" with putting writing at the bottom of my priority list. I felt a huge amount of guilt for the longest time, but I know there will be a point in my life where I'm able to throw myself back into it 100%.

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  2. You are doing EXACTLY what you're supposed to be doing--exactly when you're supposed to be doing it.
    And, if I didn't know better, I'd wonder if you'd been eavesdropping on my own brain waves. This feels like the story of my (writer's) life, too.

    Love you, sweets! And this new book will delight all the readers!! YAYAYYAY!

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    1. Thank you :)

      Yes, there's so much pressure in the writing community! And nope, no eavesdropping, just very good pals with Melvin--ha!

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