Wednesday, 3 December 2014

IWSG: Where am I? and Express Yourself Meme December Edition


My insecurity this month is about my position in my writing career. Right now my freelance work is taking off and I'm glad about what I have accomplished. But in my own writing life I am having a lot of stalling. The Sacrifice Series has been delayed. I plan to move Where is Sarah? from a February 2015 release to March and Snow will be out 2016 instead of Summer 2015 to accommodate The Sacrifice Series starting August/Sept. 2015. It seems that every step forward I take ten steps back. No matter what I will only release my best work but sometimes I wonder when.

Anyway I'm excited to say that I finally got Where is Sarah? cover done last month. Will be sharing it December 15. This time around I don't feel like doing a big cover reveal, I will do that for the other four. But I will offer to send a preview of the cover to the first ten persons to comment. No you are not obligated to post but if you do don't do it before December 15. I just feel like taking a simple approach right now. Oh and I finally have a tablet. Fave thing to do? Play games and watch Netflix. The Android makes it so easy to do that. The microsoft word and blog business, not so much but I'm still excited. Have a great IWSG and see you on Friday.

P.S.: Sorry for the absence but during November all the writing for my freelance work and Nano gave me some version of carpal tunnel. Had to stop for a while and couldn't complete Nano and a few of my assignments went in late. Pain is pretty much gone now with rare tiny bursts. So taking it easy. Also Saturday was my birthday! I'm 30!

EYM in December



I'm looking forward to Into the Woods as my Christmas movie in theaters December 25, 2014. First movie I have seen in the cinemas in December? Penguins of Madagascar yesterday. What a hoot! I had fun.

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  1. Don't look at the delays as bad things. Think of it as you're just positioning your work for the best release possible.

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    1. Thank you Alex, that was exactly what I needed to hear right now.

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  2. Life often gets in the way of our plans. As long as you release stories you're happy with, we, your readers, can wait a bit longer :-) And congratulations on getting a tablet!

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    1. The tablet is fun, thanks. You are right, life can get in the way but I will do my best to release top notch work. Glad you stopped by Rachel.

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  3. The best laid plans have a way of getting sidetracked. It's always better to do your best work than to rush to get something out by a deadline.

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  4. Happy belated birthday, Sheena. I hope you enjoyed it.

    I think you are doing the right thing by not rushing the deadline. It's better to ensure that you are pleased with the final results than meeting the deadline, especially as you will self-publish.

    Happy freelancing and writing your own books.

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    1. Thank you Peaches. I went on for Jamaica's Black Friday and got great deals on some good books. Spent my birthday at home and had a good time. Plus my mother bought me a birthday cake for the first time. Yes being pleased with your book is more important than a deadline. Nice seeing you.

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    2. Hey Sheena, I got my first birthday cake at 16 and kids here complain about not getting the latest techno gadget.

      Hope you enjoyed the cake. Now I'm hungry and I'm glad there's no more cake in the house because I ate enough last week.

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  5. Happy belated birthday. You're still a young thing! As to your delays, life is like that. I thought I'd get a lot more done having left my full-time job, but I'm doing more editing and writing for others than myself and these gigs are what pays the bills now, so they have to be done.

    It'll all get done in good time. Keep your focus and keep putting one foot ahead of the other. I'd be delighted to help with your cover reveal.

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    1. Such great advice J.L. You are 5th comment so you get to see the cover later this week. Thanks for the offer to assist.

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  6. 30! You're sooooo young!!!! Happy Birthday… and really, Sheena, from my view, you accomplish SO MUCH. I'm so proud of you!

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    1. Thank you Morgan, you are a bright source of encouragement everywhere you go.

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  7. I can relate to this! I've been evaluating my publishing schedule and have had to shuffle many things around to get my series out right. It brings delays, yes, but in the end it's always for the best. :)

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  8. My freelance formatting has really taken off, which also means less time for me to write. We just have to work around it.

    And 30? You are still a child. Enjoy that youth.

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  9. Happy belated birthday! There will always be delays, but don't worry. As J.L. said, "It'll all get done in good time." Lots of luck to you!

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  10. Happy Birthday! Thirty~! I remember 30. Okay, not really, but I'm sure it was a great year. It was the year before you were born and the year I began my first novel!!! Haha. Wow, now I'm depressed. All kidding aside, congratulations for all you've accomplished.

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    1. So you began your first novel a year before I was born? I think that's awesome. I want to be writing 30 years from now. Be proud Joylene and thank you for stopping by.

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  11. Glad your freelance career is going well. I'm still trying to figure out if that's a road I want to take. Good luck with all of the book releases!

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  12. Happy birthday! Sounds like you've been busy!

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  13. it will be nice seeing your new cover!

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  14. One thing that's important is to be flexible--which is nice when you're indie. Good luck!

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  15. Congratulations on your evolution as a writer. Sure stagnation will leave soon!

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  16. Adjusting your publication schedule is par for the course in this business it seems. Rest your wrists! You need to be able to strike that keyboard to get stuff done.

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  17. Congrats on all your freelance work! I know it interferes with your own writing, but if you've got a paying gig, you have to take it. Good luck on all your projects!

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  18. Happy birthday! And congrats for finding success in your freelance work. It sounds like the rest will follow soon enough.

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  19. I think delays hit everyone. At least you've still got dates. And a cover. Things are still happening. Yay for that!

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  20. It's all about priorities, right? And sometimes it's just more important to pay the bills. Having your freelance work take off is a real accomplishment, though.

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  21. Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great day.

    Life sometimes gets in the way of writing. Just don't give up. Eventually, you'll find time to do it.

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  22. 30? pffft...that's nothing. I'm like 4 years above that. LOL! it's a good age to be in. hate hearing, sheena, that things are going back rather than forward. keep shining and it will all work out!!!!

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  23. It's tough to balance freelance writing and fiction writing, so I can relate. I force myself to work "one page on my ms." into my rotation, so I give it equal time to my clients. It's not always easy, especially when things get chaotic (like now!).

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  24. Awesome! I can't wait to see the cover. :)

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  25. Sounds like you're staying busy. I hope your wrists feel better.

    Can't wait to see the cover. Will be happy to share it!

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