Well, I just spent half an hour making this post and lost everything. Even autosave didn’t kick in. Ironically, I lost it after I hit ‘publish’. Let’s try this again…
I decided to go back and add a chapter that is the new chapter 13 to further develop Jeremy and Jane’s relationship as they go from “friends” to more. I am halfway through this chapter and hope to finish it tonight.
After that I have 1.5 chapters left. I need to give Jane a secure place as #1 in Jeremy’s life. The reader and Jeremy know she’s #1, but she has to feel it. After that, she and Lucy give birth and that’s pretty much it. So we’re almost there. I hope to be done by Sunday. Then I’ll post what I did to finish the book on the first draft blog.
I don’t know how many people saw my post on the first draft blog, but I’ve decided to drop it. I need to simplify my life. I’ll be cutting everything but two blogs: this one and the Self-Published Author’s Lounge. The Self-Published Author’s Lounge blog is actually one I share with a couple of other writers. It’s just that I tend to be the one who posts the most. I haven’t had time to go over there for the past month, and it shows. Joleene Naylor and Janet Syas Nitsick have posted, but that’s it and I know they’re just as busy, if not more so, than I am. This blog is important because in a world of indie authors where some of them attack other indie authors, it’s good to have a place where indie authors can find support. Too many people go on the attack when kind words work so much better. Sadly, the spirit of competition is rampant. 😦
Anyway, since I’ve decided to drop my pen name and the first draft blog, the stress load has lifted and I feel a huge sense of relief. I will finish Bride of Second Chances on the first draft blog, but once I’m done, that’s it. I really can’t keep going on the first draft blog. I’ve been spreading myself too thin.
So now that I’ll have two blogs and Facebook, I can focus more on writing, and since I won’t have people I don’t know that well leaving me feedback while I write, I can turn off the internal editor and focus on being creative, which is what I desperately need to do. I can’t explain how important that is, but without the creative spark, I shut down and can’t write.
This also frees me up on writing books I want to write instead of books that I think I should write. So Bound by Honor, Bound by Love will be put on hold. I need a break from it so I can focus on books that are vying for my attention.
This is one I hope to have the first draft done by mid-September so I can hand it off to my proofreaders. My hopeful publishing date on this is mid-October.
I also want to work on Runaway Bride because Mark is bugging me about it. Yes, sometimes characters are vocal in getting their story done. 😉 I’d like this book published in November or December.
I’d like to get started on the first draft of Joel Larson’s story before the year ends.
I might be able to start another story, but we’ll see. I have no idea what I’ll want to work on after Shotgun Groom. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. 😀