It’s two days into the New Year and already I’m screwing up two of my goals. One, I haven’t done a lick of exercise today and two, I’m not cooking for dinner the meal that is penciled into my meal planner. Oh, and while I’m on the road to confession, I snuck and ate a piece of spice cake that I baked. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back on the straight and narrow. The cake eating is all my fault. My moto is if it’s not in my house, I won’t eat it. But I baked it for the holiday. The goal for tomorrow is to hook up my new DVD player in the den and get my workout done.
But this blog isn’t about my failure at exercise and not eating sugar, it’s about getting my act together and planning what books I’m going to write in 2019.
So today I watched author Sarra Cannon’s writing series, How to Plot Your Novel, series on YouTube. It was divided into eight parts. I have been writing novels since 2005, so I’m not a total dummy on how to plot a novel, but I’m also old enough to know that you’re never to old to learn a thing or two. It’s a very good series, so you guys need to check it out. But before I knew she was a writer I was watching one of her videos about decorating planners. I got hooked. I now have about seven planners and I’m waiting for one that’s coming Friday. Now I bet you’re asking why I have so many planners. Well, the answer is because they were pretty, and because I’m not a newbie to planners. I’ve been using one for about eight years to keep up with my writing schedule, family life, and bills. So, if I hadn’t been watching YouTube, I would have only purchased one, and I’d probably have a lot more of my paycheck still in my checking account. Yes, decorating planners can get pretty expensive. But I don’t think I’m going to be decorating my planners that much, I plan to use them for the purpose they were invented….to plan and use my time wisely.
I watched another one of Sarra’s classes, “Plan Your 2019 Writing Schedule.” After about 30 minutes I realized that I was way out of my league. At one point we had to look at the yearly calendar she designed for the class and mark the days we wouldn’t be able to write. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of a day like that. I try to write every day. I very seldom take time off from my full-time job, and I have never been on a vacation away from my home. But the whole idea of the exercise was to teach writers how to think realistically and don’t fool themselves to thinking they can write a hundred novels a year, when in fact, on the average writers write one or two, or maybe three if life doesn’t get in the way. I liked that class too and look forward to checking out her other videos.
But let me back track a little. Not too long ago I used to write for five different publishers and I used to write a book a month. In 2016, two of those publishers went ghost, meaning there has been no activity on their sites since then, but I have on occasion received royalties from them within the last two-year period. I did publish at least one book with the other three publishers last year. My last three were published toward the end of the year.
The Last Prince
Yes, I can shameless plug like the best of them.
Anyway, this was not to brag, it is to prove to myself that things change and sometimes life gets in the way of authors publishing their manuscripts.
My health also interfered with my writing life last year. I was diagnosed with “many different pinched nerves” in my neck and in my right shoulder blade. I got two cortisone shots in my spine. They did nothing. I still have “many different pinched nerves,” as the neurologist described them. I’m right handed, so if the hand and arm doesn’t work, I can’t write a lot. Noticed how I put that. I’m not a very good patient. I still tried to write, even though I think I should have been doing something constructive like putting ice bags or the heating pad on my shoulder.
So, boo hoo, I’m tired of feeling sorry for myself. It’s a new year, I still have three publishers and my first book for the year, “A King’s Ransom” is due out at the end of the month.
Now back to the planners. Within the mound of spiral bound books is a social media planner. This year, it is the most important planner that I have. It’s supposed to keep me on my toes so I can remember to write a blog, promote my books, buy advertising and venture into other medias like Instagram, Snap Chat and Pinterest. I don’t even know if I spelled these names right, but in order to get to meet and talk to my fans I have to go hang out where they hang out and talk with them. Kind of like turning an introvert into an extrovert. Good luck on that. (smile).
I’m off to work on my planners and update my achievements for today, minus exercise and meal planning, and then I’m going to settle back and watch some more video. Tomorrow morning I’m going to hook up that DVD player, pull out some vintage Shaun T. and get my butt into motion. Afterwards I’m going to check out my notes from Sara’s classes and start planning books two and three of the new year.
More in the future,