I'm a pretty disciplined, self motivated person. I have a part time day job that's really intense and on the days I work, I work 10 hours straight without a break - helping other people. I love it but it's a lot. The work is hard, mostly listening to people's health issues, family issues, financial issues and doing what I can to make their lives a little better. And all while standing on my feet!
During the other days of the week I write, edit and run my author business. I always have a long "to do" list - like most of you, I'm sure. And a few days a week - one at least though it used to be more, I travel and hour to work out at the circus, on the static trapeze, for fun. But what I don't do every single day that I need to do and want to do is exercise, mostly stretching. I can get some cardio in but not enough. I can even get my handstands in but not enough! So what's missing? What I want, strive to do is an hour of exercise every morning though I'd be happy with 30 minutes :)
The book The Miracle Mornings, lays out a great morning schedule that you can even do in as little as 6 minutes a morning BUT I don't. Some days I do but I'm just not consistant and I want to be.
So I'm starting an accountability habit project. They say that it takes 66 days to form a new habit - that's what the new research says anyway. I'd love to be accountable to a partner every day and thus started a private FB group to do so.
The reason I'm blogging about this is also for accountability. I will check back in here every so often and let you all know how I'm doing. If anyone wants to join this project, email me. I'm matching strangers up and each partnered group must check in every eve with a photo of their completed daily project. Some people are starting with a simple 5 minute daily meditation. Another with 1 minute of handstanding. It can be big or it can be small.
I'm going to do at least 30 minutes of a morning routine that include exercise, meditation and affirmations. After the 66 days we each pick a new habit we want to form.
Whether you join us or not - if that's something that you are looking to do in your life, I encourage you to jump right in - find someone to hold you accountable and do it :)
What's the old adage or saying that "if you think you're crazy you're not, because only crazy people think they're sane" - or something like that...
Well today I have dubbed myself crazy. Why? Because as usual I've bitten off too much and am determined to get it all done.
I'm writing two books at one time, something I've tried before and failed at miserably. With one book I'm writing 2500 words a day in order to have it done by the 2nd week in August and the other book, I'm shooting for a mere 1,000 words a day to have it done at the same time, or earlier.
Tonight I got confused and thought Iphi, in her own book, was actually the other character, Amaya, in the other book but they're so very different.
So there you have it - undeniable proof that I am insane for writing 2 books in the same world at the same time.
I got the loveliest email from a reader earlier that's going to spur it's own blog post or two. In particular she asked why Aurelia is the way she is and so I'm going to address that in another post. I'm so glad she asked too because Aurelia has a great back story. Originally she was going to have her own book but then she went ahead and did something unexpected and ruined that plan.
OK - here I am procrastinating because I don't want to write my other 1,000 words. I'm putting myself back to work now so I can sleep soon - that is if the nightmare upstairs neighbor *ever* shuts up! And if she doesn't - she's getting a book too but that one will either be horror, dystopian or a murder "mystery" ;)
As a workaholic I recognize that's not always a good thing. There needs to be down time. For me this mainly consists of working out (doing circus), hiking, watching TV shows, movies and reading.
I'm almost done with American Gods and though I loved the book, and books are always so much better, the TV show does not disappoint. Ricky Whittle - WOW, just WOW! Handsome as F, amazing actor and not just another white guy. YES on all counts! The actors on the show are all fantastic! Wonderful execution - and this comes from a die hard Neil Gaiman fan!
I just finished watching Ghost in the Shell and I loved it. Why did it get less than 50% on rotten tomatoes? I also watched and loved the first anime movie back in 1995 and it's times like these I'm happy my memory is not so great when it comes to movies because watching the new version was like Major's memory. Very fuzzy! I love Scarlett Johansson in everything and was super happy to see her in this, however I do believe they should have gotten a Japanese actress - again there really are too many white people in Hollywood. And yes of course it was originally a manga and more complex and all that blah blah but dang did it LOOK GOOD as a movie! I don't need to dissect every little thing anymore and I have a degree in film so if I wanted to, I could.
But now I get to just watch something, enjoy it for what it is, be entertained, turn off my brain for a bit - and then go back to writing.
Tomorrow I will turn my brain off by going out in nature where imagination truly reigns supreme.
I say this in my newsletters but here it is - in permanent blog form.
Yes writer's write because - most can't "not" write - ie: they've got characters and stories bashing the insides of their brains, demanding to come out. Some are hoping to hit it big and make $. A very few may be delusional (though we are ALL delusional in some way) and looking for fame or an ego boost. But what keeps us going and the true fuel that guides us is YOU - the reader!!!
Why write something no one will ever read or love? Why spend day after day, hour after hour pulling these characters and stories from the darkest places of our hearts to shine the light on them?
Why share our fears, hates, loves and dreams with strangers?
I realize now, half way through this silly blog post that I can only answer for myself. I started because my characters were driving me insane with their incessant ramblings. But I continue because of the feedback I get from YOU - the readers.
Whenever someone posts that they love this series or they love the character/s or they love Distant Edge - my heart literally somersaults out of my chest, flips several times in the air and usually remains in the ether for some days. It's the jolt I need to keep going. The electricity to Dr. Frankenstein's monster. It fills my veins. Charges me up. And marches me onward.
I say it over and over because it's true - I am GRATEFUL FOR YOU! Each and every one of you! Without readers, an author is truly nothing. I'm not doing this to bang my head repeatedly against a wall. Writing is a solitary craft, so when YOU choose to interact, say hi or say you love the characters and the series - you are totally making my week <3
Thank you for taking this crazy journey with me!
I love my day job, I really do...but...I'd rather be writing.
Going to school for five years plus interning, garnered me some really cool letters after my name that make me an expert in something. And it's that something that I spend some days every week doing. It's the giving profession. Not the one that keeps on giving. The one you give to others. Also known as a helping profession. And a healing profession.
I love helping, giving and healing. More than that though is when people help themselves, that's where I get all squishy. My tag line is "enable people to heal themselves" or one of my taglines anyway. I've got a briefcase full of 'em and the one I don depends on my mood.
I've always had a 1 year plan, a 5 year plan and a 10 year plan. I still do. My 1 year is to work even less at my day job and my 5 year is to wrap it up and write full time. Hell if I didn't live in the most expensive place in the world, I could make like a tumbleweed and write full time now.
The thing about dreams is that they really do come true. First you gotta dream 'em. That's what it starts with - the spark - the thought. Then the word - spoken and/or written. Then comes the doing. It's called magic my friend, or positive thinking, or Abraham-Hicks, or affirmations, or a myriad of other things.
This is how stories are born and why they are read.
This is a rhetorical question...
How much can I do is the only question I can answer and even that one's still open for debate. What am I doing right now? Writing wise? I just finished editing book 4 (Burgundy's Book - A Vampire's Wicked Hunger) - the final book in my Love On the Edge Series. I turned it into my editor today for her final line edits. That actually means that I still have 1 more edit on it myself but I'm waiting for my cover artist to fix one thing and then it'll go up for preorder and be released in 2 weeks.
I outlined the first book in my next series - little Iphigenia gets her own series!
I started outlining my first serial. Both Iphi's series and the serial will be RH books. Whoo Hoo!
I am editing my 1st short (almost 10K words) with my co-writer under another combined pen name.
Tomorrow I go to my day job and although I love what I do and I am my own boss, I'd still rather be writing :)
For fun I'm watching Chris Fox's videos and Joseph Michael's Learn Scrivener Fast videos - I finally bought his course - I was itching to buy it for the past year+ and yes I'm a scrivener fanatic!
And now that it's 9pm I'm going to finish watching episode 4 of American Gods and exercise at the same time because I love to exercise! Crazy huh?
And even crazier is that I read the book American Gods so many years ago that I can't remember it anymore, therefore it's brand new all over again :) BTW - if I was pressed to list my #1 favorite author it would be a 3 way tie between Neil Gaiman (yes I've read almost everything he's written), Karen Marie Moning and Jonathan Safran Foer. My favorite series of all time is Karen Marie Moning's the Fever Series and the best series that I've currently just finished (waiting on pins and needles for book 6) is Kresley Cole's the Arcana Chronicles. After I watch American Gods I'm going to read LA Kirk's The Heart of Five!
HAPPY READING TO YOU!!
When I began the Distant Edge romance series I didn't think it would be so sexy. That was not my intention, at all. Considering the subject matter, the entire theme of the book, the character and her ARC this makes almost zero sense but it's true.
Sadie, like all of my characters was born. I gave birth to her, her two roommates and the town of Distant Edge all in the same moment. Sadie, Burgundy and Jared were together from inception. There was no wondering who the supporting actors would be and no doubt that they would each get their own book - eventually.
My first series - which is still unpublished was very different. It started with the character and while she was adventuring in Europe she met her sidekick. I mention this because process fascinates me and it's ever changing, just like life. And also like life, the minute you think you understand it - BAM - a house drops on you.
So back to the sex then. My first series is a YA/NA and I had no plans on writing anything as sizzling hot as the DE series has become.
The characters demanded their own stories and I am merely their scribe. Thus I followed what they wanted, my fingers flying over the keyboard as they nursed it out of my subconscious.
Do I have any regrets? Nope. I'm a proud parent. I watched them grow up - albeit much quicker than a real child - and then I set them free, into the world. Hopefully into YOUR hands.
Yup, I'm making it up! I have no idea if there's a real name for this or not but we've ALL experienced it, I'm sure. It's probably just called procrastination - LOL.
When something is due that you don't want to do - instead of doing it, you do anything else - even clean the toilet!
That's how it is for me when it comes to editing and even more so for this book - #4 in the Distant Edge series - Burgundy's story. Hell I'm even writing a blog about my procrastination instead of editing right now and the book is due to my *very patient and understanding* editor in TWO days!
I've already cleaned the house, bathed the dog AND washed the towels. I created a really cool google spreadsheet, emailed and chatted with readers and other writers, edited my website and well --- just about everything else I could possibly do!
But I have also edited about 7 chapters today and corrected all the scenes on my spreadsheet outline. Can I justify the other "things" as breaks or are they truly procrastination?
When I was in school I would do anything to keep from studying, often leaving it until the night before - which doesn't bode well in a masters program - but I still got good grades and the MS.
What I don't do - or don't feel like I *can* do during the time I'm supposed to be working is: play video games, watch TV or a movie or read. I do all of those things afterwards though, as a REWARD.
What do you do to procrastinate and what causes you to procrastinate?
I remember many years ago when I wanted to be an actor. I acted through high school, won an award or two (not first place), went into theater in college and was miserable. The acting teachers were bitter and female. They taught because they couldn't make a living in the theater. And if you were young, pretty and female - watch out! Many tried tearing young girls, including myself, to shreds - which stemmed from their own insecurities. But there was one teacher and she was kind, helpful and caring. She held me up. It was there that I heard (and I'm paraphrasing on this one) --- Unless you're acting because you can't imagine doing anything else - why do it? Which meant - don't do it because you are seeking fame or fortune, or anything else. Do it because you can't NOT do it.
Author Chloe Adler
Here are some musings - Nothing fancy - no outline and no editor - just some stream of consciousness. If you're looking for the Journey of Rain Star (blog/story) you can find it here. If you want to read my books, please go here :)