Sunday, December 13, 2009
Tipping the Writer's Seesaw & 2 contests!
Balance in writing? Is there such a thing?
I'm the last person who should be blogging about this lovely topic today. LOL. This year, I'm recovering from Lyme Disease. That's it. :( Okay, I spend a lot of time educating my 4 year old daughter--reading, addition, science, telling time, understanding the concept of earning candy rewards for productivity, etc. So, you're probably wondering what in the heck this post is for. Never fear. I do have purpose.
My favorite quote sums up my motivation for writing: "Be the change you want to see in the world." (Ghandi) When that doesn't help, I just eat candy. Okay. Okay. That's not what you want to hear...
I've always juggled my daily chores (unforgiving chuckling life) with the fun and fulfillment of writing by allocating time for revisions, writing a first draft, or preparing a submission. It's tough this year because I rarely succeed with the fibromyalgia knots in my upper back and neck. I may only find 5 hours a week to sit at the computer and work. And said hours rarely come together because of the upper back pain. I feel like a hunchback zombie. Being unable to focus and produce on a story drives me insane. How does anyone write let alone keep up with all their characters without being able to focus 24-7? Since my Time Guardian storyworld is founded upon numerology, I shall digress...
I'm the type of person who spends my time totally immersed in my current obsession. I tend to be a #1 (think Ares or Jack Russell Terrier) at work, i.e. writing. No laughing to those of you who actually hang with me in person!!! The #1 is the magician card in Tarot. The magician can focus to make magic happen. ;) Since my choice of blogging here on the 13th was for numerological reasons, I might as well confess that my #1 work ethic makes me forget the world and write. I couldn't even remember to turn on the dishwasher when swimming in that vast seductive ocean! When I'm interrupted during writing, I become extremely irritated. I wrote 4-5 novels a year before baby. Then I had a planned pregnancy. I didn't write at all the first year of my daughter's life. Now, I'm lucky to write a novel a year. But Mom retires Friday!!! I'm banking on a few hours a few days a week to get back in the swing of things. I'll have to keep you updated. Until Jan 13th when I can report again, I'm anxious to see how everyone else handles riding the great seesaw of a writer's life here at the Black Rose blog.
In conclusion, if you're like me and need a boot in the arse most days, know you are not alone. :) I find blogging about my reference-book collection, running a contest at my blog, or starting up a new promo opportunity like a yahoo author group keeps me feeling productive. And since you're here, enter to win my huge prize for December--a cache of Time Guardian treasure.
1 box GOOD MEDICINE Native American herbal tea (in honor of the Native-American hero of my novel FORBIDDEN ETERNITY)
2 vials cinnamon oil (flavoring guaranteed to spice up baked goods that's reminiscent of a Time Guardian Ring Master, i.e. dragon's breath. Use with caution.)
1 Voodoo Doll Little Wizard keychain (Little Wizard can help acheive a goal in school or work. He can help dreams come true, but only for someone else. He cannot help his owner. HE OF THE FIERY SWORD's King Arthur could have used one!)
1 AN ENGLISH LADYMASS: MEDIEVAL CHANT AND POLYPHONY album by Anonymous 4 (for the medieval period feel)
1 SCOTTISH TEATIME RECIPES (To reproduce a bit of SWORDSONG ambiance; ISBN: 1-898935-18-9)
The wee-est scrimshaw sailing-ship pendant (For those Time-Guardian wannabes like Twila Deeds in SACRIFICIAL HEARTS yearning for a journey through time and across space...)
To enter, just join me here.
I've also been fortunate to find myself in another contest... Enter to win a $50 WRP gift certificate.
My favorite holiday tradition is gift shopping. I love to find things I know people will love to possess. This is probably why I have so many contests on my website, blog, author group... Since the Winter Solstice quickly approaches, stay warm and make merry in whatever way you choose, my friends! Me, I'm off to purchase another box of these. ~Skhye
Buy Skhye's books or read the 1st chapters.
"Arthur is a masterpiece..." HE OF THE FIERY SWORD's King Arthur ~Diane Mason; The Romance Studio
"THE SPELL OF THE KILLING MOON offers the best of spine-tingling suspense. The setting is perfect... Moncrief’s ability to wield magic and emotion are without compare. Her words twist together emotions and visuals until you experience this tale as if the trap were set for you. Some lines blend a kind of poetic magic: “Moonlight wove a special kind of magic, a spell so vacillating that a person never knew if reality were anything other than a dream.” Darkness and premonitions and deadly intent fill these pages... a unique blend of mystic Medieval Gothic and romance…and a true blood-curdling thriller. 5 books" ~Snapdragon, LASR
"Intense, original, suspenseful, and dramatic... an unpredictable topsy-turvy romance... the suspense builds with every page in SACRIFICIAL HEARTS. In a world where symbols mean everything, magic is the way..." ~Snapdragon; LASR