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2017: The Way Forward

The past few years, I've been pushing pretty hard. At times, I'd have two or three novels in work, able to release as many as nine projects in 2016. Sadly, all that work hasn't quite resulted in the kind of money that allows me to live off it (not even close). So I've had to go with freelancing a little bit. That means, unfortunately, I only have so much brain energy.  I've had to reprioritize some things for Sush projects as I determine the way forward. The big quandary I have right now is what to do in the latter half of 2017. I've got the second Lexie book releasing in April and the Madion Box Set in June. The first book in the Demon Spring trilogy (formerly known as RedemptionWIP) is in the hands of betas right now. But that sucker is headed out to agents and larger publishers in April. Which leaves yours truly at a bit of a crossroads. Do I return to Lexie and finish the last two books for release this year, or do I stick with Demon Spring and finish those? While part of me loathes leaving a project unfinished, the pros and cons I've come up with tell me Demon Spring is the way to go. In the first place, I've had Lexie in my head for nigh 20 years, so I doubt she's going anywhere anytime soon. In the second place, holding off on publishing any new projects allows me to put off some expenses. This may come as a surprise, but it's not cheap to publish nine books in a year. One of my goals for 2017 is to get the business right-side-up, and investing in existing books vs publishing new ones is a great way to do that. However, focusing on writing Demon Spring means that's it for the rest of the year. I'm giving myself breathing room time-wise since this is a new, unfamiliar world to me. As well, I don't have as much time/brain energy as I used to with freelance taking up 50% of my time, so I'm only working one project at a time. That puts us at December 1st before I can get back to even writing Lexie full-time. I'll need an additional six months to get it through the process. That means Book 3 won't get to y'all until at least June 2018. Aah!! At the end of [...]

By |2017-03-22T09:04:39+00:00March 6th, 2017|Writing Woes|Comments Off on 2017: The Way Forward

Love Letter

In March 2014, I wrote a love letter to myself, right in the midst of my quarter life crisis. When things get a little too crazy in my head, I type out conversations between Whit (me) and Suni (the author). It helps to calm my anxiety and figure out what I'm bugged about. This letter came about right when I was in the midst of figuring myself out, and it's pretty telling about my mental state. Dear Whit, Hey girl. How ya doing? I know it's been a little rough lately - what with all this self-discovery, vulnerability, and all that jazz. I know work is being obnoxious and you're frustrated 'cause dudes are dicks. And I haven't been very helpful, popping up and filling your mind with thoughts like we should quit our job and write (for the record, still think we should). I wanted to write this letter to let you know that I support and understand and love you. I know you freak out about money and stability, 'cause you're afraid of the unknown. I know that you want to run marathons to prove to all those voices in your head that you aren't worthless. I know that you want to be an executive because that's what you've spent your whole life believing that you have to be. Here's the thing though: I'm here to tell you that you don't have to do anything you don't wanna do. I know you're afraid of letting go and being vulnerable. I know years of conditioning to be stoic, driven, and infallible have made you think that you can't make mistakes, your emotions are not valid, and you have to make and save money at all costs. Which would be okay if it didn't make you so fucking miserable. I want you to know that I appreciate you letting me talk and sharing me with the world. I've had so much to say, so much to offer that I feel you've been embarrassed by me. But every time you tell someone that you've written a book, or that you're getting published, or show someone that book cover, you inspire me. I have it easy - I just live in your head. But you are out in the wilderness, looking at people and having to endure their reactions. You are amazing. I also want you to know that I have your back. [...]

By |2017-03-01T08:53:56+00:00March 1st, 2017|Quarter Life Crisis|Comments Off on Love Letter