It’s down to the wire – 2 days to the deadline – and I hate to say it, but I’m not going to make it. 😫 It’s frustrating and stressful, but even if I give up sleep and write non-stop, I won’t have the first draft finished by June 30th. I don’t know if I … More 2 Days to the Deadline: Failure Looms
I thought deadline pressure would be a good thing (motivating me to finish the book). Now, I’m not so sure. Perhaps, it’s only because my anxiety is extraordinarily high at the moment anyway, but the closer I get to my deadline, the more I worry I’m not going to make it. Which is ridiculous, honestly, … More Deadline Pressure
Hi, Everyone! Yes, you read that right. I’m cutting down to 1 post a week until I either hit or miss my goal. I was hoping that I’d be able to make it through without doing this, but I just got shifted to a different position at work that’s going to take some overtime to … More Going to 1 Post a Week Until June 30th
I know I mentioned this before, but I second-guess myself about it a lot. Having read many very complicated books, I start to wonder, “Is My Plot Too Simple? Do I need to add some potential suspects or red herrings? Subplots?” Honestly, the answer is probably, “Yes.” But in my saner moments, I realize that … More Is My Plot Too Simple?
As the tide of my depression ebbs and flows, I noticed that I have a hard time answering generic greetings that include, “How are you?” I don’t want to lie, so instead of “Ok” or “Fine,” I tend to say, “I’m tired.” Because while not the full truth, it is true. I don’t say, “I’m … More “I’m Tired”
I had another unproductive weekend – the kind where it’s a struggle to do anything except read (ah, reading, my depression default). Now, Sunday night, I’m forcing myself to write this for Monday as a last-minute sop towards accomplishing something. Even knowing that, yes, writing something is a sort of win against the depression, it … More Another Unproductive Weekend
Anyone else having trouble coming out of the pandemic? People have started dropping some of the safety requirements in my area, and I’m not sure I’m ready. Here are some of the things I’m not quite ready for: Not wearing masks around people(I’m the type who has stress dreams about forgetting my mask, so suddenly … More Coming Out of Covid Is Weirding Me Out
I’ve been reading a lot in the past year (See: Stress Relief), and since I read all of the more recent books from my standard authors, I started looking up some of their older works. Not historic romance, just romances written in the 70s and 80s. And I noticed some scary patterns across the genre … More 6 Disturbing Tropes in Old Romance Novels