Returning to the Fold

Why, hello there! This is my first check-in since May 7th, three weeks ago. Where have I been? Did I get lost? Not really. Mostly I just haven’t had anything to report.

Life got busy and I wasn’t working on my writing projects. Yes, there was some self-recrimination, but then I got over that and went on with life. And once I look back on it, there were parts of my goals that I was more heavily focused on. I wasn’t just off running wild and forgetting about my creative projects. Sometimes we need to go out and gather life experience in order to return to the page refreshed and inspired. That’s my story anyway, and I’m sticking to it!

So, this week has been full of revisions! BlackLion and I both found the initial read-through and note-making on our manuscript to be slow and heavy going. But now that that first part is behind us, we’re really enjoying the process. We’re using the method laid out in Rock Your Revisions by Cathy Yardley. We’re doing our scene charting now, and coming up with lots of great ideas for improving our story. Progress is being made. Woo hoo!

I haven’t really made any progress in organizing. In fact, I kind of blew off my blogging plans and had a little mini-hiatus. But I’ll be fine-tuning my process as I return to a regular schedule of blogging and writing. I also plan to get back to working on the new e-book, as well as starting to plot my next novel and further some plans on yet another writing project. Spring is the time for inspiration! I’m certainly full of ideas, and I’m letting them flow.

I also need to re-focus on the marketing aspect of my writing career. I have some books to read and posts to make. I did get invited to be part of a book review circle, and that will be a good way to get the word out about my own books (in my bio and such). I’m not sure exactly where the reviews get published, but I’ll be learning more about what it entails over the next couple of weeks.

The area I’ve been most focused on is my wellness practice. I’ve been doing yoga nearly every day, as well as increasing my other forms of exercise and getting outdoors more now that the weather is better. I’ve been walking more, and I’m learning archery from my daughter. My eating habits have shifted to a much more healthy mode, and I’m noticing how much better it feels. I’ve also devoted a lot of energy to drumming, rehearsing and performing with my troupe. That’s going well.

The weeks to come will have a lot of family and social activities, so I’m not making any promises that I’ll be on-task with every single goal. But I’m happy to let my creativity flow, and to continue to integrate it into my life in healthy and sustainable ways. I hope your work is going well, and you’re enjoying yourself. Blessings!

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