Lethargy? Check. Apathy? Check? Pissed off in general? Check.
I’ve struggled this week, and I can’t really explain why. I tried to chalk it up to being worn out from traveling and “female” issues, but I can’t blame it all on them. I think I went like hell before Thanksgiving and wore myself out. Then the “meh” set in, and I’ve been in recovery mode since then.
Not to mention that every time the phone rings I wonder if it’s the call telling me my brother has passed. Perfect storm for stress and exhaustion, I guess.
But no more complaining, I promise. I’m on the upswing, I think. One of the e-publishers I want to submit to requires a marketing strategy with the query, and I’ve been working on putting that together. Thanks to advice/links from Laura Pauling, Joanna Penn, Roz Morris, and Donna Galanti, the marketing thing is taking shape.
And then there is the new WIP, The Prophet. I don’t know why I’m so stalled on this book, but it’s beyond frustrating. I have a fairly decent outline worked out and scenes I’m excited about. Part of the issue is the goal for the male protag: I know what it is, but I’m having some trouble figuring out how to get him there in Act 1. It’s hard for me to leave issues like that be and write something else, so I’ve been using it as an excuse not to work on it. I’ve got to tackle it this week or I’ll go nuts, so here’s my plan.
*Finish marketing strategy and query e-publisher by Wednesday
*Go back and revisit Kait Nolan’s worksheets and work out strategy for male protag to reach his goals.
*Write 500 words on THE PROPHET. I’ve got to get something written for next check in, so I’m setting the bar low.
*Be a better Tweeter. I’m making a pledge to get back into supporting my fellow bloggers and meeting new Tweeters this month. I’ve let that fall by the wayside a bit.
Speaking of fellow bloggers, the wonderful Tiffany A. White gifted me with the 7×7 award. Big hugs to her! Recipients select seven previous blog posts representing certain categories and pass on the award to seven others.
Most Beautiful – Cherish the Small Things I wrote this post after visiting my cancer-stricken brother (before we heard of his terminal diagnosis). The visit was a wake-up call, and the post is one I’m proud of.
Most Helpful – Avoiding Dating Disasters With Jenny Hansen. The always funny lady wrote a great guest post on a subject near to her heart.
Most Popular – What’s In A Name? The Manic Monday dedicated to the inspiration for our blog names. Loved this post because we all learned a lot about each other.
Most Controversial – Thriller Thursday: The Sweet Face of Pure Evil. The post about a child murderer gaining her freedom and anonymity elicited a lot of reactions.
Most Surprisingly Successful – Manic Monday’s Pole Dancing Dolly. Ridiculous Christmas gifts galore.
Most Underrated – Thriller Thursday’s Bob’s Bazarre Bizarre. This topic wasn’t for the faint of heart, but I was really happy with how the post came out. There was a ton of info to sift through, and for once I managed to keep Thriller Thursday from being too long.
Most Prideworthy – Thriller Thursday Welcomes NYTBSA Allison Brennan. Allison put a lot of effort into answering my questions, and I was honored to have her.
Now, to pass on the love! Please don’t feel you have to participate, but I want to recognize some great bloggers.
1. Donna Galanti. She has great interviews with fellow authors and is gearing up for the release of her first book, A HUMAN ELEMENT, from Echelon Press, in March 2012.
2. Natalie Hartford. The woman never fails to make me laugh, and she’s a great supporter.
3. Julie Glover. Her blog is chock full of well thought out posts and funny observations.
4. Annie Boreson. Quite possibly one of the funniest ladies out there. Her writing puts you smack in the middle of the experience.
5. Catie Rhodes. I have to give a shout out to my awesome critique partner. She’s put up with my nonstop questions and never fails to support me. Her blog is filled with great posts on the paranormal and true crime, both of which are near to my heart.
6. Jessica R. Patch. Her blog is always full of positive and inspiring stories.
7. Cynthia Robertson. Cynthia’s posts are uplifting and full of great writing info.
How are your Row80 Goals coming along? Have the holidays derailed you, or are you in an end-of-the-year push?