It has been a long time since I have been in this space, this forum where I can talk about what I want, and when I want. Recently ‘when I want’ has been modified to be defined as when I can carve out a few minutes in this crazy time we call summer. The lodge has been abundantly busy, and I am now realizing I have not written here in almost a month!
The month of August has been fraught with long work weeks and not much time to write, but within the past twenty-seven days, I have managed to jump the hurdles Amazon had put in my path, and make it to the finish line, although it took a bit longer to reach that invisible line than anticipated.
Book number three in The Relative Series was meant to be available locally and online on August 21st, but Amazon required me to redesign my cover, so my publishing date was pushed back. Instead of conceding the race, I pumped my stunted legs and began the race again, vaulting myself over the freshly placed hurdles and I pushed myself, shoulders forward, to cross the altered, but hugely coveted, finish line.
Darkroom is now live on Amazon, and printed copies will soon be available in the local stores that have so graciously supported my race. I almost feel like creating a runner’s bib to wear when I deliver the paperbacks, signifying the tremendous effort that was required to re-enter the race, and finally claim my victory.
Soon enough, there will be more hours in the days ahead to rekindle the creative flow required to finish writing book four in the series called Root Cellar. The Beckett family secrets are bubbling in the cauldron of their twisted family concoction, and I cannot wait to see where this next segment of The Relative Series takes me. And throughout the moments I spend writing these books, I must remind myself, it’s not the destination I have to focus on. I must direct my attention to the journey on which my characters will take me to reach that final page.
Congratulations, old friend – again!
Thank you so much!
So amazing and an inspiration Sue. I mentioned the same realization concerning “the journey” today to Kim as we continue to be overwhelmed with life’s hurdles. Reaffirmed by Tooey, our stumpy high jumping champion.
I’m jumping right along side you guys. Love you both and sending big hugs!
Congrats galore! Are curious minds allowed to ask, “Why did Amazon make you change your cover though?”
Thank you! They sent me a link to a book that they felt was too similar. It looked nothing like my cover, and I think they sent the wrong link. I changed Darkroom to be one word, and made a slight change in the background and received approval immediately. Too bad I had to pay more to have the change made, but, it is what it is.