Update on Focus

It’s been a busy month for me, which only partially explains my lengthy absence from Facebook and my blog. I moved again, and hopefully for the last time until I win the lottery or my Prince Charming sweeps me off to Far, Far Away. 🙂 I had a short family vacation to bid farewell (sprinkle ashes) to my maternal grandfather, who passed last August, and aside from it being a bittersweet occasion, it was a wonderful time to catch up with everyone I haven’t seen in oh, about seven years… And finally, I left one of my two part-time jobs, just as my summer job at the golf course is starting up again. But that’s okay. The one was way too stressful for a part-time job, and I feel heaps better since leaving it behind. I also love the golf course gig, because how else would I get to golf at one of Canada’s top one hundred courses. 😉

All in all though, it adds up to me not being able to focus much on writing. Or even editing. I’ve been slogging through an old “Ice” story lately, polishing and sprucing it up but as you know, I loathe the editorial process. I do it because it’s necessary and I’m interested in making sure my work is worthy of being read, but doesn’t mean I have to like it.

I’ve also been working on two or three other new stories. One is the fifth in the TAITS adventure series, another is a new hockey-romance, and the last is in the fantasy genre, and while they’ve all been coming out fast and furious, I’ve painted myself into a corner, so to speak, in every single one. It’s not the first time it’s happened but I am extra frustrated because I can’t choose one over another to get through these road blocks. All three main novels I’m working on have me stumped. I’m more than a little afraid it’ll mean going back and scrapping a large portion of each and I’m stubborn enough to not want to do it. See my previous note on loathing editing…

On another topic, but still related, I’ve been playing with the idea of putting my books through the Kindle Createspace process, which would mean interested readers would be able to purchase my books in print. It does involve quite a bit more prep on my part, and I don’t have enough know-how on designing covers just yet. As well, it would mean selling all my work exclusively through Amazon Kindle. I don’t mind so much, but I do sell a fair amount through the other outlets (eg. Kobo, iBook store, Nook Books, etc.) so I’m worried about losing those readers. I don’t want to limit my exposure, since I have so little as it is, but I have had more than a few people express interest in buying my books in print. Any thoughts you want to share, I’m open to your opinions. 🙂 I may or may not like it, but I’m always happy to have the feedback.

So where does all this leave me? Unfocused on writing, but focused enough to write this post. 🙂 Which isn’t all bad. I’ve decided to give you a sneak peek of the fantasy story I’m working on – check it out over on my ‘Sneak Peeks’ page. Maybe putting it out there in the world will spur something, and get me going again. Maybe not. Maybe I need to take a break from writing, and catch up on my gargantuan to-be-read pile of books and ebooks, because frankly, it’s giving me anxiety seeing them all piled up there (physically on my shelf, and figuratively on my ebook device). I know I can’t get through them all in an instant, but I do want to read them all, and one piece of advice I’ve had from other writers, and that I sometimes give, is to read, read, read.

And there you have it. I can’t focus because my characters are being stubborn and the plot bunnies are off enjoying the summer that finally arrived, and because… life happens.

As always, take care and happy reading.

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4 responses to “Update on Focus

  1. md285

    Tamara, I’d avoid any Amazon book-related “opportunities” for a while. I’m sure you’ve heard they’re pulling Kindle Worlds with very little notice to the authors. Thankfully the authors are allowed to keep the rights to their work this time, but you never know. You never know what kind of loopholes they can dance you through, and that may not be the case with the next whatever-they-think-up. For example, interestingly, if you read all the fine print associated with an eBook bought from Amazon, a reader doesn’t own the book-they purchase the right to read it and their account may at any point be closed down. I know this is to partially protect authors from fraud, but it’s an example of you never know what you might get into. I know print books can’t be taken back, but I’d at least consult with some form of professional (third party) prior to opting into anything. I can answer a few questions, but seeing as I’m in the US, I’m not touching this one with a 10-foot pole on an professional level! I hope whatever you choose to do ends up getting you the notice you deserve. I’ve got my fingers crossed! Later, M

  2. Sharon

    I am so happy you wrote this post. I love hearing from you. I am sorry for your loss – it is never easy no matter the distance. I look forward to reading the sneak peek.
    Reading will certainly help with your block. Reading gets you out of your own head for a little bit and let’s some fresh air cycle.
    Take Care!
    Sharon

  3. Hello Tamara! Thanks for the update. Always interesting to hear what others are up to. Interesting you should be editing you Ice stories, I’ve been back to have a look at them again recently. Now, apart from knowing I’m a follower and fellow scribbler (not published or purchased, however), you dont know me, so this may seem an odd offer. Anyway! I would love to aid you in the editing process. I know it seems odd, but I love helping others like that! I’ve had some experience in a volunteer capacity. Happy to discuss or share more info if you’re at all interested. I do love your stories, so it would be a treat. 😊

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