Spring is really here. I do love spring, with all of the pretty new growth on the trees and shrubs, and the abundance of flowers everywhere. It feels like everything is new. Of course not everything is, but why not take the opportunity to make something new? Some things? Like new goals. A new coat of paint in a room that needs freshening up. Maybe a new resolution in your personal life. I actually like season changes better for starting new things and setting new goals than the new year. The new year falls in the middle of winter, so it never feels like the right time to start new things to me. I don’t know why, and it’s probably silly. Maybe that’s why I never make New Year’s Resolutions.
New seasons, though, those feel like the right time to start fresh.
I’ve actually been writing like crazy lately, even with the day-job extra busy in the past few weeks. I get to the office early in the mornings on purpose, early enough to get my giant cup of tea started and get my computer restarted so it’s ready to go when I actually have to start working. And then I write. Sometimes I get almost a half hour. Sometimes it’s less, depending on which of my co-workers comes in early and is chatty. And then if I get a lunch break, usually half of it is spent writing. Sometimes more. Yes, I should take a lunch break every day, but some days things are just too hectic. But the writing is moving, which is wonderful.
I’ve been working on the fourth shifter story (yes, I know I need to finish rewriting the first one, but editing needs my laptop and I can’t do that at the day-job), and I have about 2/3 of it written. I know it will need some rewriting and fine-tuning, but it’s moving along really well–I had to stop writing a scene the other day, because the characters are in a bad place, and it would be bad for me to be sitting at my desk sobbing in the middle of the office. So I went back to it later. But I’m pretty happy with it. And I’m getting a better idea of things that still need to change in the first three stories in the series. I know, plotting would help that, but my brain doesn’t work that way.
But as long as the writing is going well, I’m good. I’ll keep going, with occasional breaks for rewrites. I was going to wonder why I didn’t schedule any vacation days yet, but then I remembered I’m trying to hoard them for family emergencies this year. So I’ll keep going with the time I get before and during the day-job and on the weekends and be happy for it. Though I am still trying to refigure my writing goals for the year–which would be easier if I could decide whether I want to try to self-pub Hunting Medusa and the two follow-up stories, or try to market them elsewhere.
For now, though, I hope you’re enjoying early spring as much as I am, and here’s hoping for some fresh successes for all of us!
c 2090 Renee Silverman Temecula August 2009
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