Good morning! It’s been a while since I wrote an actual blog, in terms of just personal stuff. I haven’t been doing videos past few weeks because of dental issues. I’ll resume those pretty soon, but I realized I missed actually blogging.
It’s been a rough past month — Mercury retrograde kicked my ass this time in so many ways. It did for a lot of people that I know. I’ve never been a huge fan of summer, and while this one has been pretty good weatherwise — it’s been moderate, not too many hot days so far, thank gods, it’s been rough on a number of levels.
I’ve had so many interruptions that I’m amazed I managed to finish Witching Bones. I want to get it off to my editor today if at all possible, so as soon as I finish this post I’ll be doing a lot of editing for the rest of the day. I think I should be able to make it.
It’s amazing how much I miss my coffee when I’m stressed. It seems to make everything better, and there’s a part of me that hopes to be able to add it back into my diet at some point. I’m not holding my breath, but I’m hoping. I have very few vices left, except shopping, and coffee was my last hold out on food. The medication I’m on to help control the inflammation and mast cell issues is helping, so we’ll see how things go.
Feeling a little down today. I don’t know if there’s any particular reason — there are a number of underlying reasons. I’m coming out of a month where there just seemed to be so many things going wrong every time I turned around and it’s left me a little worn out. And then people are pirating my work, stealing my books and that pisses me off. Two dear friends lost wonderful kitties to illness in July, and that made me incredibly sad. Friends are having rough times, and that makes me sad. And the state of the country makes me cringe.
I’m looking forward to August because it’s the month before September, and I love when we start heading into the autumn months. Tomorrow is Lughnasadh, the festival of sacrifice, and it’s also the end of Mercury retrograde, and tonight is a black moon — the second new Moon in one month — and it’s very powerfully placed. So I’m doing a lot of focusing on what I want to build for the rest of this year.
I’m feeling very insular, very introverted lately. I’m enjoying seeing friends, but I’m not really feeling like meeting a lot of new people at this point, or reaching out much. I’m in that mood where I kind of want to put my nose to the grindstone and just focus on my work and my family, and my family of choice.
During August usually “nest” — I get rid of old worn-out things, and buy new things for the home. While I’m not necessarily thinking I’m going to be doing a lot of that this month, we are changing out the color on the accent wall in my office and in the supply closet.
Last week, the shelves that someone put up for me in my office supply closet a few years ago came crashing down. Talk about scaring the hell out of me! I was sitting at my desk with my back to the supply closet, working, and there was this massive crash. I turn around to see the top two shelves starting to lean and twist, and stuff falling off of them. That was more excitement than I really needed.
I invoked my best friend clause, and my BFF drove up to help me get things off the top shelves. You see, I’m short, and she’s tall, and she was able to reach the stuff that was teetering, ready to fall.
Yesterday Andria came in, and I had her clear everything out of the way. When we were able to examine the shelving, we realized that the shelves had not been anchored into the studs of the wall. I decided that while we were at it, we’d paint the supply closet and the accent wall in my office. A little spruce up. So I’ll take some pictures when they’re done. And she will replace the shelving, screwing it into the studs so they will stay up, and everything will be back to normal.
I’m gratified the people are loving Witching Hour and Raven. I can hardly wait till you see her relationship with Kipa in Witching Bones. They’re one of the most combustible couples I’ve written in a long time. I had a hard time making them keep their hands off each other all the way through the book, to give you an idea! (Heads up, yes, there are a few hot sex scenes in the book).
While I’m talking writing, I’m going to encourage you to leave reviews if you love my work — Amazon’s the best place for it, to be honest. (And no, I don’t expect my readers to do this, but it sure helps). For an indie author it can mean the difference between being able to buy some advertising spots, and not being able to get them. Some places require a certain amount of good reviews for you to buy an ad—by good, I mean 4-5 stars. And I need that advertising to reach new readers. So, if you love my work and want to help me out, consider a quick review?
Also, word of mouth. Tell peeps about my indie work if you love it. The more we spread the word, the more my books sell, the more I can write.
Speaking of being an indie author, I have to say, I am loving the freedom. Honestly, I can’t see myself going back to traditional publishing unless things changed a whole lot in favor of authors. I’m much happier now, even during times when I feel a little melancholy like right now. I’m a whole lot less depressed than I used to be.
I don’t have chronic depression problems, although I do cycle between manic/depressive, but I can generally control it through behavioral patterns (NLP and meditation), and it seems to have moderated a lot the past few years as I have built up my foundation of being an indie author. I have been in this business for almost 25 years professionally, and I have seen so many changes over those years. I imagine will be a lot more over the coming years.
I’m considering opening a Patreon page. Actually, truth is, I have one, but I haven’t made use of it yet. I just have to decide what I want to do with it, and how much time I have to give to it. And I want to continue with my YouTube videos (I’ve reached 700 subscribers—YAY—my goal is 1000 by the end of the year). I have to say, I noticed that people really seem to enjoy my shorter videos room where I’m just chatting with them more than they seem to watch the ones on writing, so the focus of my YouTube channel may change.
Okay, I need to get to editing. That’s it for now. Have a wonderful week and a blessed Lughnasadh, and I’ll put up some pictures of my office once it’s put back together. In fact, I may do a video on my office and what it’s like.