Spring is finally here. Warmer weather should be gracing us soon and before we know it, summer will be here and those hot temps. It's been awhile since I sat down and wrote about what I'm doing in this writing world. I have been busy. I hit a bit of depression last fall and I stopped writing almost all together. It was a hard year for me financially in writing and my personal life. One of those years where we kept saying, "What's next?" It really took a toll on me and my creativity.
I am still writing and pushed through the depression. Starting in mid January I decided to look at writing different. I'd committed to several project for this year, all of which release in July and August. I know what I am capable of writing when I apply myself. At first, I thought about canceling some of the projects because I took on quite a bit, but then told myself no. These projects will help get my name out there more and that's important. I can't let the negative thoughts win anymore.
So, I've gone back to having word goals. I gave it up for quite some time, not wanting to feel like I had to write x amount by a certain time. I love writing, but this is my job an I need to set deadlines and have expectations for myself. I have set realistic goals on when I need things done. This has helped me so much. I no longer feel sad that I'm not writing or like a failure. I come into my office Monday-Friday get my words down first thing and move onto other projects.
I'm currently juggling quite a bit. Since January I have:
**Finished writing Cleaning Up Love
**Written Steal Me, Cowboy (Carver Ranch 4) and is currently waiting approval from Beachwalk Press.
**Written True Love in Laguna, it's in draft 2 and about to go to my editor.
**Started to write a new project called Strangers At The Altar.
**Plotted out my next book in the Carly Phillips world
**Need to plot out a book that will be in a bull rider boxed set.
All those things above will release between June - September, minus Cleaning Up Love that came out in February and again in March in the Spring Into Romance boxed set.
When I see that above, I know I am capable of so much more than negative thoughts and self doubt. I am still working on training the voices in my head to be positive. That is my downfall. I can let those voices ruin my whole day. I have been working hard to quiet those voices and stay positive. 2016 is going to be a great year because I won't accept anything less. 2015 is in the past and I can't dwell on it. I live in the present and dream about the future.
I hope that 2016 has been good to you so far. As I keep saying, I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to keep on writing and not give up.
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