It was never my intention to go incommunicado. It started with a series of difficulties over the summer. First, my husband unexpectedly lost his job. Coming just three months after we bought a house, I have to admit that it was pretty anxiety-inducing. He remained unemployed for three months, the longest he’s been unemployed since I’ve known him.
At the same time, there were some family and personal issues occurring. I also started a new, part-time job in June. I thought my hours would be limited. It was also supposed to be seasonal. But I got more hours than expected, and I’ve been kept on after the end of the season. It was a big adjustment. I don’t think that, in and of itself, the job distracted me from my writing career, but with everything else going on, my mind got crowded.
Fortunately, I’m happy to report that my husband started a new job in early September. The family & personal issues have resolved themselves. And, while I’ve been kept on at my part-time job, I’ll be getting less hours (more like I expected) during the off-season.
In the midst of all of this, I’ve been going through one of the worst periods of writer’s block in my life. In July, I completed the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge. However, after completing it, I decided that I didn’t feel good about the novel. I’ve set that novel aside for now and am considering some changes that will vastly improve it.
Instead, I’m working on something else. I feel much more excited about this project. I think the story is more solid. I have a better idea of where it’s going, and the characters are better crafted. But the going is still slow. I’m way behind on my “normal” schedule. Typically, I would be contacting my editor right about now. This year, I don’t even have a finished product! So it’s safe to say that the release of my next novel is going to be late. I’ve been coming to terms with that, although I can’t say I’m very happy about it.
So that’s where I’m at right now. In a few days, I’ll be going out of town for the weekend. When I get back, I’m planning to really get back into the swing of things, with writing and with my social media. I hope that the autumn has been going well for you & yours!