Friday, August 18, 2017

Sometimes The Lazy Finish First

BIG NEWS: I am now a USA Today Best Selling Author

Recently, there's been a growing trend of writers banding together to form a single book set, and by using the power of numbers, grow sales exponentially and maybe (just maybe) make the best seller's list.

I'm the first to admit, I didn't do a whole lot here.

My publisher did all the work, and I rode the coattails all the way to San Jose. I did some promoting on my own, but it wasn't close to the efforts the other authors put in.

It's still a win-win, though. For us authors, we get more exposure. In this world of noise, standing out in any way helps. For readers, they get a bunch of great books for little money.

I'm finally writing again, and that is a HUGE victory for me. All the stress, changes, and health issues triggered a deep depression that's killed my creative energy. Hitting the best seller's list has been just enough of a push to get me back into the writer's world.

And I've missed it so much.

So here's to staying on track...and allowing the words to flow.

Monday, June 19, 2017

I Forgot How to Blog

It's been nine months since I've last blogged. Wow. That's terrible! I almost forgot how to get back here, and having not blogged much at all the last two years, blogging feels almost alien to me now. I blogged regularly going back to 2005, but these last couple of years have been rough.

So let me give you a quick update on why I've been absent:

1) My health. I got the flu the day after Christmas, and a week after New Year's, I still didn't feel right. Apparently, I had pneumonia. After a round of strong meds, I got better. But in March, I knew something was wrong. After an X-Ray showed I still had fluid in my lungs, and was given more meds to get rid of the fluid. I didn't feel close to 100% until May!

2) New job. I entered a new field within the medical sales world. Pathology is fascinating, but it's been a steep learning curve. My brain can only hold so much information, and after nine months on the job, I'm still trying to figure things out.

3)  I moved in February. While suffering from pneumonia, I moved. The stress probably is what nearly killed me.

4) No creativity. With all that's going on, I have been stuck in a creativity dry spell that dates back to 2015. However, I've dug up a manuscript I started working on two years ago, and I hope that will kickstart things. Also, me and my writing partner Miranda Hardy have a hard deadline to hit this Fall, so I'll have no choice but to get it in gear.

So I'm still here. I'm hoping that reconnecting with the blog-world will help the creative energy flow once again. Nine months is a long time, and I'm pretty sure the blogosphere has changed a lot since I left.

But I'm hoping some of you are still around!