Welcome one and all to yet another episode of How the Writer Turns! Today's saga is brought to you by the awesome folks behind the Insecure Writers Support Group, an institution created by Captain Alex, where writers across the land gather monthly, and in one voice, shout our fears into the great void!
Today is all about pushing oneself, failing, getting back up and pushing some more. For the last three months or so, I've been trying to get two books out. Yeah, not the brightest idea, especially when I have a full time day job as well. But, I was working on book three of the fantasy series, when book one of the space opera trilogy started getting pushy. She'd been written some time ago, and had already gone through first round edits. Things got worse once she had an awesome cover.
She wanted out. If you have seen that cover off to the right- Warrior Wench- yeah, the heavily armed one, she is hard to say no to.
So I tried to do both. The Emerald Dragon was the first focus, but in between editing rounds for it, I'd work on Warrior Wench.
Last Monday I admitted defeat- or rather an admittance of delay-for Warrior Wench and set her up as a pre-order.
The Emerald Dragon is up as an ebook (*points over to the right side of your screen for the handy link ;)); but still waiting for the print proofs to let the print version go live.
And, I've realized how hard I have been pushing myself. Not only the books, the full time job, but next week is the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention--the event is insane- plus I'm co-hosting a party which takes a lot of wrangling. I'm tired. I'll also be signing at The LA Festival of Books this coming Saturday.
But I pushed myself. I didn't let setbacks slow me down, instead I adapted my thinking and moved forward as best I could. And ya know what--it feels good :).
So, go push your limits today, see how that works for you :).
And happy IWSG DAY!!