Updates and Other News On My End

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As of recent­ly my posts have slowed quite a bit.  I’ve been pre­oc­cu­pied, as I men­tioned in a recent post, with Mass Effect, and its tak­en me about two weeks since com­plet­ing the ME tril­o­gy to come down from that high.

But I’m no gamer and there are oth­er things that have caused a hitch in my stride and more than a lit­tle self-berat­ing inter­nal dia­logue.  For one, there is the state of my web­site. I’ve had a long stand­ing issue with the load time.  It is gen­er­al­ly slow and I’ve noticed this for a while.  For more than three months I have been con­tem­plat­ing chang­ing hosts, and this past week­end, just as I was on the verge of going for­ward with that idea, I decid­ed to see if there was any­thing I could do to improve the load time.  I played around with the theme and plu­g­ins.  I think I’ve changed the theme about five times, only to change back to the orig­i­nal one because I couldn’t find one that I felt suit­ed me.  I’m still work­ing on that.  I’ve actu­al­ly been able to improve load time by about nine sec­onds.  Not bad, but not great yet.  I’m hop­ing to get load time under four sec­onds.

My writ­ing has stalled a bit, due in part to (let’s be hon­est) game play, but also in part to me feel­ing as if I don’t have any direc­tion.  So my writ­ing has been hap­pen­ing in fits and starts.… most­ly fits.

I ordered eight hard copies of my nov­el An Unpro­duc­tive Woman from Cre­ate­Space.  I intend­ed, and still do) intend to have a give­away con­test (signed copies of my book) to gain expo­sure and inter­est.  I was embar­rassed and shocked to find that the for­mat­ting was ALL WRONG.  I’ve been spend­ing the last few days refor­mat­ting the book for re-release.  So I’m out almost $60, I’m mor­ti­fied at my neg­li­gence, and I’m doing some­thing that I nev­er thought I would have to do again.  Ugh!  The tri­als of being an indie author and a i-can-do-it-myself-er.  You some­times get a mess.  A hot mess.

Work has been par­tic­u­lar­ly chal­leng­ing.  Don’t mis­un­der­stand me though, I love my work as a breast oncol­o­gy nurse, but nurs­ing is emo­tion­al­ly demand­ing work, and burn-out is a huge risk.  For­tu­nate­ly, I am in total touch with where I am men­tal­ly and I know how to say “no” and I know when it is time to take a stay-cation.  I’m not quite there yet, but I’m in the exas­per­a­tion phase.

But not every­thing is bad news!

I recent­ly grant­ed an inter­view to e-friend and fel­low indie author Ale­sha Esco­bar.  She is the author of The Gray Tow­er tril­o­gy.  She asked some smart tough ques­tions and I had a hoot answer­ing them.  Check it out.  One awe­some thing about that inter­view is the fact that she remind­ed me about a sto­ry that I’d put on the back burn­er a while back.  It is a fan­ta­sy tale that I start­ed out­lin­ing over a year ago.  I even drew a map to help with my con­cep­tion of this fan­ta­sy world and world build­ing in gen­er­al.  Since I’ve been a lit­tle stalled with my cur­rent WIP, I’ve decid­ed to start explor­ing this a lit­tle more in the inter­im to keep my cre­ative juices flow­ing and steep myself in a project that I care about.

Amana Map

Talk­ing about writ­ing and my writ­ing projects always  inspires and pumps me up with fresh momen­tum.  We authors and read­ers need each oth­er to com­mis­er­ate with in order to keep the verve.

Anoth­er piece of good news is that I’ve tak­en on a sec­ond sto­ry in the Yuva Anthol­o­gy that I’ve been work­ing on the last few months with anoth­er e-friend and fel­low indie author Matthew Williams.  I’m real­ly excit­ed about the progress that we’ve man­aged to make with that anthol­o­gy and although it is slow going I have faith that we’ll pro­duce a love­ly qual­i­ty col­lec­tion of fic­tion in the end.

So, what do you do to keep up the writ­ing verve?  Or if you don’t write, what do you do to main­tain steady inter­est in the things you love when they get a lit­tle old?