I’m happy to say I’m back into a writing routine.  My husband will return next week and disrupt it, I’m sure.  😛  But for now, I’m settled back into it.  What disrupted it for three weeks was the change in my sleeping schedule (prompted by sick kids and not knowing if I would get a nap while they were in school).  I’m a night owl, so writing during the day is difficult.  I do better with emails, making covers, and other more logical pursuits in the morning while creative writing picks up in the afternoon to late at night.  In fact, I can write a lot easier around the 10pm to 2am mark than at any other time of the day.  Lately though, as soon as 11pm hits, I have to go to bed now.  Maybe when my husband is back I can go back to the old routine or maybe I’ll keep this one.  Who knows?

I will say I’ve made lots of progress with book covers over the past three weeks because of this.  I finally settled on the cover I want for Forever Yours.  I used the same pictures but adjusted the woman (aka Mary).  Here it is:

Now for other updates on what I’m doing:

1.  An Inconvenient Wife

I’m at the 35,000 word mark, which puts me at the halfway point in my estimated word count.  I’m afraid to say the hero and heroine are now getting along, which nixes my plans for her dressing up as a stable boy to run off.  But this is what the characters want, so I’m going along for the ride and hoping they give me something to go on.  They did introduce a sleazy brother-in-law in the chapter I’m currently writing, so maybe there’s something to him I can use.

2.  Her Heart’s Desire

I’m at the 40,000 word mark now.  Rick and Sally are now married and his parents are moving to Omaha, and they won’t be happy he married too soon.  That should be fun to write, esp. when they find out Sally manipulated things to get his attention.   😉  

I expect to finish An Inconvenient Wife before this book.  The plan at the moment is to publish An Inconvenient Wife in May.  Her Heart’s Desire is expected to be out in June.

3.  Bound by Honor, Bound by Love

This one isn’t far behind.  I expect to publish it in July.  So it’s going to be a busy three months.  Currently, Citlali has given Onawa a very subtle warning that the chief doesn’t intend to let Penelope and Cole with the Mandan children they adopted at the end of A Chance In Time.  Meanwhile, Citlali’s brother has come out and told Onawa that Citlali’s first love will always be his duty to the tribe and not her.  What happens with Penelope and Cole will set the stage for a lot of things in this book. 

4.  At the moment, the other books are on hold.  I want to start Forever Yours soon only because Eye of the Beholder and To Have and To Hold are fresh in my mind.  I’d like to bring in a couple of characters in for an interview.  We’ll see if I get inspired to do that in the next couple of days.  *fingers crossed*  😀

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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8 Responses to Updates

  1. Ruth Ann, you’re an inspiration! I wish I had your energy. I’m flaked out by 10 every night. I’m an anytime-I-get-the-chance writer, although early evening is usually a regular slot.
    Glad the kids are better. I have one home today, so won’t be getting much done …

    • Thanks, Steph. I wish my kids would give me their energy. 😉 I try to sit in half hour blocks, and I can do that when they’re in school or asleep, but most of the time, I write in five to ten minute chunks. I hope your kid is better.

  2. Good luck! And have fun!

  3. It sounds like you’re really getting into the writing! We all have periods of time where we don’t want to do it and times when we are fired up. It sounds like you’re fired up right now! 🙂

    Most authors aren’t that great at making covers. You seem to have a real knack for it because these look really good.

    Many of your books are on my TBR pile. I just wish the pile wasn’t so big! But after I finish what I’m reading right now, I’m going to read Eye of the Beholder. I read a lot of paranormal stuff (which I write), but sometimes I need a change, so I’m really looking forward to it.

    • Yeah, I wrote “I’m creative again” a little too soon because I went back into a partial slump. I’m still managing some but I can’t get back to the 2500 words I was writing for a couple of months. I think a lot of it has to do with not taking a nap during the day so I can stay up and write. I have to face it. I’m a night owl and going against the grain isn’t working. LOL

      I hired a cover artist to do Her Heart’s Desire and To Have and To Hold which are on this blog to the right. Isaac’s Decision was from one of my readers. But the rest were mine. Thanks for the compliment. 😀 It took many aggravating months of fighting with GIMP to get to the point where I’m happy with the results.

      That’s sweet of you to read Eye of the Beholder. Take your time. I know you’re busy. 🙂

  4. Kesia Saenz says:

    Ruth, I love your book covers…. They’re beautiful!!!! Forever Yours came out really great! Can’t wait to read that one… Great Job on all of them!!!!

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