I will no doubt date myself when I say I used to love Air Supply. Lost in Love in particular. Blake Shelton's Austin makes me smile. Lost love? Everywhere by Tim McGraw.
What are y'all's?
Then I realized I was stressing myself out and giving a lot of people more power over me, and over the romance genre in general, than they deserved.
Focus on the positive or you get stress cold sores on your eyeball again. Not kidding. The wife is having a terrible arthritis flare from stress, barely able to move. Why let silly kerfuffles make it worse?
So, on the good side, congratulations to m/m writers Amy Lane and Heidi Cullinan on their RITA nominations. A huge step forward for all of us. I remember my first RT in 2005, when people would look at my bookcovers and literally run. This is an amazing thing, y'all
Also, we have tulips! Volunteers from before we moved in. Red and proud and very New Mexico looking somehow.
Almost done with my kilt short, hopefully for TQ's anthology. These boys have fought me every step of the way, wanting a slow build you can't allow in a short story. I love them, but man I want to whack them.
The sun is shining, the bassets are singing, and I have muffins in the oven. Not a bad deal at all.
On the good side, I got 2K words yesterday. That might not seem like much, but it was a tough day and getting back into the swing has been hard since Florida and Daddy and all.
On the bad side, temporarily back in the boot until the foot heals. Only wearing shoes when I drive.
Love writing bear shifters
Hell, I love all shifters
Also on the good side, got a date for the next Minerva Howe release from Resplendence. April 22
Love Forest of the Dead, especially. River Song makes me happy. Sppoooilers.
I also love how these episodes show us that the Doctor has a lot he can still learn. I love that, when a character grows, when he proves he has to face that he doesn't have all the answers and might need help.
Then there's the finger snap.
And 10 isn't even mt favorite Doctor
I am not looking for sympathy. This is where I launch into career doubt and how it affects the writer.
Me to my wife BA: OMG do you think I made a huge mistake? I'm writing another contemporary, I have 18K already. What if they don't take it?
BA: Shut up. It did fine.
Me: But they hate it! What if it kills my sales on the next book and and and
BA: You have to write what you like. I wrote a YA lesbian softball story that no one but the publisher read
Me: But I wrote a historical menage femmedom as my next book. What's the market for that? Ahhhhh (much hair tearing and blinking commences)
BA: Shut up and write
Now, I could go into branding, and how for the last few years I've been doing mostly paranormal and mostly 20K and under and how expectation for a known author like my 4 star reviewed Elemental Ops stuff versus a new audience like I have with DSP does impact sales and reviews, but I thought y'all might like to see what the thought process really looks like O.O
Even those of us who have been around since the time of the dinos wonder if we've totally lost our minds sometimes.
But we still have to keep on swimming