Some of you know I was away for a winter break for a couple of months. While there, I wrote the last 20 or so thousand words to my work-in-progress, Craving Jake, the third book in my Return to Welcome series. I helped get this blog rolling, wrote some ads, did quite a bit of social media and more.
It was great! I'm an early riser and would write or do whatever was needed while my husband slept in. But we had no responsibilities while we were there. No decisions bigger than, "Do we eat in or out tonight?" were required.
As time moved forward, we started to feel the pull toward home and all that awaited us here. First, we need a full week to recover from being 8 time zones away. We began to get email from family needing our time and our help on our return. Yes, they gave us the required recovery time, but they also gave us the hacking cough/cold that lingers (up to a month according to my doctor) when we were picked up at the airport. A week later, we were nearly immobile from this terrible virus.
But the help was still needed, the time still required by family. There was no way to avoid these obligations. Sick and tired and overrun, I had to give up any semblance of working. Emails were quick and blunt.
But how do writers cope? We do what we can, where we can. I couldn't focus on the book that needed a second draft, so I printed it out. It waits patiently for me. I've been reading and catching up on reviewing books.
Lately, I've been tweaking my older book Sweet Ride! I love this story and I was dismayed to learn that for some ad placements it was too short. By two pages. Yes. I just typed that. Two pages.
I've been going through it, deepening emotional responses, adding some needed colour, polishing the characters, brightening the prose. When I'm done it will not be a brand new book, but it will be a better read, a read more in keeping with the work I do now. I didn't have the creative juice to do second draft level work, but this, I can do.
Writers write. Even when we're sick and tired of being sick and tired.
An update: A full week after starting this post, we're still terribly ill. Nearly 3 weeks and counting. The doctor tells us it could linger for up to 2 months. We sound like lovelorn sea lions barking for a mate. Ugly. I've given up on the tweaking of Sweet Ride and am now noodling around with cover art. Because that's all I can manage to think about.
My post earlier this month had a Dinosaur egg hidden. Happy to inform you that said hatchling is now playing with my grandson. This time, the trick is to find the eggs I've added to a social media post.
In order to enter the contest, you will need to make a note of the following:
The date of the post, the author’s name, where you found the egg (which social media site), and the color of the egg.
Should you find an egg on our Facebook page, note where you found the egg, the date you found it, and the color of the egg.
Then, using the “Contact the Romance Gems” link on the bottom left-hand sidebar of the Romance Gems blog site, send us an email with the details of your discovery. Please also include your full name as part of the email.
And Happy Happy Easter!