I’m a bit late with the A to Z reflection post as I’d already booked others to appear on the blog. In truth, it worked out perfectly because I needed a break. The A to Z Challenge is NOT for the faint of heart. To make it through the whole month takes planning, stamina, and time. I met some great new writers, discovered some interesting blogs, and got back to writing. I needed the break because I feel like I’ve been working on the same stories for years.
So while I posted about the reason why I love romance books, I was also writing a completely new story for Camp NaNoWriMo. I had a low word goal, only 15,000 but I met it AND got my manuscript edited and off to Beta Readers. Brain. Fried.
Which is probably why I am having a difficult time knuckling down and finishing these edits. And why I decided to sign up for the 30×30 Challenge by the David Suzuki Foundation. It’s a Canadian challenge, but they’re nice and letting anyone participate. The hashtag is #NatureIsCalling. Part of the challenge is to take a photograph of what you’re doing outside, but considering I sit in an office all day in front of a computer then go home and write, I sometimes use the 30 minutes outside to completely get away from technology and reset my brain. I listen to the wind blowing, the birds in the tree, even the hum of tires on concrete. Something other than the clicking of fingers on a keyboard.
After a month of writing and edits, I needed to get my hiney outside and off the couch. That’s a big reason why I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, and a slew of flowers. It forces me to back outside once I get home from the EDJ and continue to move around. Plus I get the benefit of home grown fruit and veggies 🙂 My strawberries aren’t faring too well. I’m having to fight off the birds for the very few fruit that have grown.
I had a release date in mind for the latest book, but it looks like I may have to push it back. I had a feeling that would be the case which is why I hadn’t announced a release date. I want this one to be as clean and polished as it possibly can be and I have a few things I want to do in the formatting that I haven’t tried before. In other words, I still have some work to do.
Hope those who participated in the A to Z Challenge survived. Have a great week!