No matter how I seem to schedule and and plan and budget out time, I can’t see to stick to releasing new chapters regularly.
Work has been regularly busy which is a good thing. I have also been busy with my volunteering. And lastly, our small social circle has had a lot of milestones happen lately so we have been busy celebrating with our loved ones. Being busy doing things you love is wonderful. However that means I don’t have as much time to myself. It’s been about 4+ months since I’ve been able to read a book. I try to find audio books so I can listen while I work but certain books don’t give the same feelings when being heard as being read. Something as simple as a word pronounced differently, or someone giving a strange voice to a character that doesn’t match in your imaginary version of them. And not all books are available in an audio format.
I finally got to read a book, from beginning to end. It was the book selected for our next bookclub which we are all supposed to meet later this week and with everything else holding my attention, I didn’t think I’d get to read it, like I didn’t get to read the last one, or the one before that, or the 2 before those. I keep thinking, “if I have time to read, I should be either studying for our weekly theocratic meetings, or writing.” And the former started feeling like a chore rather than an enjoyment. I really enjoy writing but it’s not something you can just say, “Ok, today I’m going to sit here for two hours and write a whole chapter!” and it happens… if you’ve ever tried writing you know, it’s more like, “ok it’s 7:30AM, I’ve set aside two hours to write let’s do this! Where did I leave off? [refresh memory] Ok got it, so I still have… holy cow that took 30 minutes?!? Ok it’s cool I still have one and a half hour I can do this… [hands hovering above keyboard] maybe I should refill my coffee… brainfood!… alright I’m back. [Furiously types out 3 paragraphs including back and forth dialog] whew! Ok let’s read this out in context… [scans through info] oops there’s a few typos let’s just fix those. [scanning, scanning] ok well that contradicts what this previous paragraph said so now I need to change that… and the next thing you know it’s six hours later, you haven’t eaten, and your alarm is going off to remind you you’ve got to pick your kid up in 15 minutes from school… 🤦♀️
So that’s basically where I am. I want to write but I want to have fun. I want to also enjoy reading and not feel guilty for it. I have about 15 unread books sitting on my shelf. I have a GoodReads shelf filled with even more books I want to read. I really need time for me.
So, I will still continue you publish my chapters. I will eventually publish my short stories. But there will be no schedule. They will be released when they are ready. If I’m getting close to a chapter or short story release (in the editing phase) I will post a count down. In the meantime I will be focusing on my life outside of writing except for reviews. Those I will publish hopefully more regularly since hopefully I’ll be able to read more regularly.
Check out my latest review of “An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
Let me know what you think of my reviews. And if you have any good suggestions for books based on my reviews so far please feel free to share! 📚❤️