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Big Change Ahead

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Hello Family and Friends,

Some changes are ahead for the ol’ Happiness Project.  I’ve read many other writer’s blogs and listened as they adapted their schedules to get more writing time.  I held off as long as I possibly could.  I made rules and tried to live by them hoping I could prepare blogs ahead and still work on my book.  But, it wasn’t happening.

So, I’ve decided to make a big change in order to focus on my writing more.  I’m limiting my blogging to twice a week.  Starting in February, I’ll blog on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Tuesday will be my “anything goes” day blogging about all things paranormal, travel-related, book and movie reviews, and any tales from my accident prone life!  Friday will remain on it’s alternate schedule of Guilty Pleasure Fridays and then Life List Club guest posts.  I may on occasion throw in a 3rd post, but only if I have something or someone really awesome to share with you!

This decision was not made easily; I’d been thinking about it for awhile and finally decided it’s time.  The biggest wake up call is the fact that I’m completely starting a new writing project.  I’d been working on one paranormal fiction piece for the last year and started over with that about 6 or 7 times.  I’m getting really good at beginnings!  But after workshopping it with my Warrior Writer’s Boot Camp team, I realized the direction it was going didn’t have my heart in it any longer.  I’d still like to come back to this project, but I need time to really hash it out.

My new endeavor is one that I feel right with and one I know won’t fizzle halfway through.  I’m taking the opportunity to write about my family.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I figure now’s as good a time as any.  All those wacky stories about my dad and those life threatening instances with my siblings are going to get put on page!  That is, provided my siblings don’t tie me to a stop sign again or bury me in the sandbox for revealing these tales. 

I’d also like to take the advice of two wonderful friends and bloggers Pam Hawley and Sonia G. Medeiros and spend time writing short stories and learning about the craft.  Nina Badzin is another great blogger to follow with tips for social media and she really woke me up one day on the importance of submitting your work and building credit to your name.  In order to submit good work, I need to dive in and study more.  Eliminating one day’s blog post will give me another day to work on these projects.

I hope the change doesn’t impact my readership.  I love you guys so much, you have no idea!  You are my motivation for making this change so I can work on the really important thing for a writer to have: a book.  But none of it would be worthwhile if I didn’t have readers.  So I still plan on being a pest in your comment sections and chatting up with all of you here.

Thanks for listening!  Stay tuned!

But wait, there’s more!!!

More Blogs That Ask Questions and Give Great Advice:

Kate Wood blogs about Fear and Change, asking writers the difficult questions and challenging them with smart advice.

August McLaughlin could save your life by reading her post Trusting Your Instincts; this is one you don’t want to miss.

Kristen Lamb gives a holistic approach to writing in 3 Steps to Freedom – Grab Hold of Your Brilliant Future.

Need to remember why you started blogging?  Jenny Hansen writes I’m Having a GREAT Time – What About You?

The hilarious Chuck Wendig gave us 25 Things Writers Should Start Doing, and I really like his list.

The Nutrition Taxi Writer Mash-up

It’s the end of the week for my resolution to eat healthier and see how it would affect my energy and writing.

I can’t boast an amazing outcome as I’m now sick with some sort of cold and sore throat.  I think my niece coughed in my face a couple times and that’s what I get for coloring with her.  On the bright side, induced in a tylenol cold medicine sleep last night, I completely slept through some sort of war between my roommates.  Apparantly at some early morning hour a taxi showed up at our house and began ringing the doorbell repeatedly.  My boyfriend thought it must be our roommate and he locked himself out.  We have a spare key hidden that our roommate knows about.  My roommate, I guess, actually answered the door and figured out the taxi driver had the wrong house.  Oops, sorry.  However, my boyfriend, being in a particularly crabby mood this morning (unbeknownst to me in my medicated slumber) decided if he was up and awake, our roommate should be too.  So my boyfriend calls our roommate and repeatedly knocks on his door to wake him up, and now my roommate is also crabby.  I am positively delighted and cheery today because for once I slept through it all.  Yay!

Final Day Diet:

green tea and cough drops, if feeling better later, soup

I’m hoping after the weekend I’ll have a better appetite, so I did spend the better part of last night looking at recipes to make.  How does apricot chili pork chops with lemon spaghetti sound?  And chicken enchilada skillet?  And brown sugar steaks with parmesan potatoes?  Oh, I can’t wait to cook again!

Back to writing:

Last post, I challenged us writers to give ourselves SPACE and I’m still impressed with the idea to make changes in our lives, so I’m going to include that in my week’s resolutions.  I’d love to hear more about how each of you are giving yourself SPACE to grow, try something new, relax, reenergize.  What do you do get motivated again?  What are your guilty pleasures for writing?  What prevents you from arranging SPACE to grow in?  I can’t say thank you enough to the many bloggers/writers who have motivated me to keep going and think positive because any amount of change and any amount of writing is something proactive to have in your life.

This week I will give myself space by:

  1. Watching a Jane Austen movie.
  2. Cleaning my room of clutter.
  3. Journaling for my own enjoyment.
  4. Finish writing the icy mausoleum scene in my story.
  5. Blog ahead at least 2 posts.

Looking for more inspiration to get started?  Here are some posts I really enjoyed.

AJ Zaethe Great post on incorporating magic in your world building.

Albert Berg A post on how to plot when you hate plotting.

CM Stewart How to write realistic disabled characters.

Kristen Lamb Humorous post on Celebrity Death Match Author Edition.

Margaret Reyes Dempsey Serving up blurbs and hot tea while she’s snowed in!

Olivia Tejeda A brand new online literary journal debuts!

Ollin Morales Sending love to writers who haven’t figured out how to write just yet.

Negotiating with the Dead

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

A Letter to My Protagonist:

Dear Lydia,

Honestly, where are you taking me?  I’m afraid our initial journey into the cemetery has gone beyond what we’ve discussed.  I know, I know, your friends are missing.  I want them back too, but maybe they’re not the ones meant to help you through this.  Maybe in this underworld you seem to have traveled to, you’ll make a new friend.

Oh, I forgot, you’re only in an underworld because one of your friends got you to break into an old man’s house, steal some of his paperwork, and then confront him in the graveyard, where he ate you.  Hmmm…

Clearly, it is time to make a new friend if you wish to survive.  Together, we’ve made it past the ghosts with the rolling heads.  We’ll make it through the snowy road of angels, too.  Just don’t touch them, everything they touch turns into frost.

That’s it, Lydia!  If you don’t start to listen to me you’ll never make it out of the labyrinth.  I mean it.  Quit running.  We can figure this out together.  I’ve kept you safe so far, and it’s a miracle I haven’t told your parents where you’ve been creeping to at night.  Yes, I know threats are childish!  Fine, don’t stoop to my level.  Oh, go ahead, stick your tongue out, see where that stubbornness gets you.  Maybe you can hang out in the mausoleum for another page!

……

I’d really like you to tell me where we’re going.  When you’re ready to stop acting so childish (and no, I don’t care that you’re only 8 years old), I’ll be in my room.

Sincerely,

the Cryptkeeper, I mean Author

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