Counting down the days #ROW80

Well, I’m certainly counting down the days! To so many things. I’ve received kind of a scheduling of releases for 2015, and I have to say, I’m going to be one busy chicklet. But I’m crazy excited about it, too. Every year I have a goal of publishing 2-3 novels, and I’m certainly hitting that goal and more next year.

Here’s just a quick list of what I know for sure is happening…

Feb 2015 – Love is a Mess anthology w/my short Quarter Life: Energy Feed releases
May 2015 – Memoir in the Making releases
June 2015 – Fallen from Grace releases
Oct 2015 – Quarter Life: Unbound releases

There are potentially 3 more anthologies and a novel to be released in 2015 right now too, so yes, crazy, I know.

Other than that, my biggest struggle right now is time and finding time to do everything and be everything I need to be in my life. It’s a countdown in days. One to the new year, one to the end of ROW80, one to Christmas, one to my mother’s arrival, an one to my lovely significant other getting home from work. A countdown with deadlines and so much work to do.

Anyway…to my update!

1. Write 1667 words a day

somewhat keeping up with this. Wrote a bit on my co-written piece, a bit on Grace, and a about 5k words on a short story for submission. So I am writing, just not sure how much each day, but writing is the point.

2. keep up with all blog posts ROW80, WIPpet, Open When and add in 1 extra post a week

Did this for the most part. Missed Open When again. I really need to start that up next week.

3. Edit at least one chapter a week on something.

Definitely did this many times over to the point where I’m not counting.

4. crochet one round of border a week

I DID THIS! I crocheted 3 this week. That means I have 2 left and the project is done. w00t!

The Failure of Time

I wanted to share this blog and the struggles that I have been dealing with for the past “little” while. It seems over this past week to me that each person’s story and struggle is important to understanding who they are and where they come from. It is also rather therapeutic for those who are doing the telling. I hope this story doesn’t seem too personal, or that you think I’m revealing far too much about myself in it. However, I do believe in honesty and truth, and in not hiding in the shade.

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It’s so hard for me to put this into words that make sense. The closest I can come to is that I feel like a failure. While there are a few things in my life that are not going right at the moment (work, school, the pursuit of happiness), the one that would be relevant to this blog is my novel and my writing. FOREVER BURN came out March 1st of this year, and while I have sold copies of it, I feel inadequate in the amount that have been sold and the entire process.

I’m sitting here thinking that it needed another round or two of editing. That it needed a better, more formed, stronger publisher, who works harder (or at all) on marketing. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my publisher, she’s great and sweet, but I’m starting to see some downfalls and thinking that I may have made a bad choice.

When it comes to marketing, I feel as though there is only so much that I can do by myself for free. I certainly can’t afford to hire a publicist or even pay $50 to end up on a blog tour or to have my book reviewed. I’ve been unemployed since December of 2011 and the toll on me has been taken. I live off of about $900-$1000 a month (3/4 of that if not more goes to rent). That is considered poverty, yet here I stand (or sit, actually), living off my mother who can barely afford to live as is. It’s a constant struggle. When is writing and taking this time not worth it anymore?

When will I reap the benefits? I did get my first royalty check at the first of this month. I was ecstatic even though the dollar amount was measly (under $20). What do I get for it? I spent hours upon hours, money on ink to print and edit, money to mail stuff out to the publisher, cover artists, editor, and formatter, I put so much time and energy into it and all for what? I know that I’ll get more later on, but what I’m debating right now is whether or not it’s even worth it to try again.

Such is the life of a writer, I suppose. But so is the life of a student, a daughter, a volunteer, a copy-editor, a woman, a young adult, and a human.

I am someone who likes to see quick results, who can look and know that there is an end, a resolution, a pinnacle point somewhere in the near future. Maybe that’s not what happens with writing; maybe I need to be patient for yet another three years and still struggle to make any ends even come close to meeting; or maybe I should just give up. Not writing. I’m not sure that I could ever give up writing as a whole, but maybe I should give up the idea of publishing in this world, of sharing my stories in anything other than an online format for free for anyone who happens to stumble upon them. Maybe this just isn’t the time.

Time is an interesting subject to study. After spending a week in Guatemala and small towns where time just seems to slow down, where there are seconds and minutes in each hour that can be counted because they are each working toward the survival of time’s occupant; perhaps this is what I need a reminder of. I need to let everything slow down and come to ripen with the seasons.