Friday, September 14, 2012

Flexibility and Wishes

We've all heard that saying "be careful what you wish for". I really think that holds true. How many times have we struggled with something, practically selling our souls to get it, then having what we wanted and more! You know, the old saying "when it rains it pours"! Yeah, those 2 cliches kind of go hand-in-hand. Oh, and they are followed by "Karma's a bitch".

Again, we know as writer's, spouses, friends, and parents, we wear many hats. We are flexible to a fault and do what we need to in order to get the job done, the book written, the shoulder cried on, the band-aid stuck, dinner cooked and the drinks flowing. Even in our writing and writing goals we've had to learn to be flexible, sometimes taking turns in our story that we hadn't planned to take, or branching off into new worlds and new genres. We do this why? Well, because we CAN, and also because that one thing we wish for is publication. We dream of it, we breathe it, it flows within our veins.

And we will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to get it. [remember that wish-thing?]

Everything in writing land has been great. With two self-published books out, I'm feeling very confident about my abilities as an author. Although, my goals for completing the 2 holiday anthologies over the summer basically melted away with the heat. But have no fear!! I was able to tweak my short story "Extreme Love Makeover" - to be release very soon, and my full length romantic suspense "Twist of Fate" - to be released in October. I was productive, just not in the area I had originally intended. Ahh, yes, I've gotten extremely good at flexing.

So much so that I created a new series and finished the entire proposal last weekend. Most likely in another week I will be starting on book 1 of that series and I'm psyched!! I feel really good about this one. I think it's unique and original and my hope is that once I get the full book written, my agent will be able to shop it around - but I will also be prepared to self-pub it as well. There are 8 books in the series, so maybe if the 1st one does well on its own.......someone may pick it up? Hey, you never know.

In the mean time, I still have a partial of my cozy mystery out with a publisher. It's been out there a while, and I've been patient and working on other projects to keep my mind off things. But now that I'm formulating a game plan, you just know that publisher is going to come back with good news! (I'm hoping!!!) and you know what that is, don't you??? That is the torrential downpour - and I will have to balance my way through 2 series all because I wished for publication and Karma is indeed a bitch! :-) But that's okay, Bring it ON!!!!

How have you all had to be flexible? What are some of the wishes you have? Have you ever been bitten by Karma? or did you kick her butt?

1 comment:

Anita Clenney said...

Barbie, Congrats on the success with the self published books and good luck with the upcoming ones. Whew, you are just full of energy.

My wish now is that one of the studios that were interested in a movie deal for Guardians of Stone comes through. That would be mega awesome.

And I hope that I can juggle these two series, the warriors and the relic seekers. I love both series, but I'm really finding that to effectively write, I need big chunks of time, which are hard to find.