July Check-In

I thought I’d bring you up to date on things in my world. In March, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  My mother’s way of coping with such devastating news is to throw herself into a project she can’t possibly finish on her own. Her project for this crisis might have been to turn the house completely around, instead, she settled on digging up the large backyard that was full of beautiful grass and put it into flowers. In this project, she physically could do almost no physical work herself and could not afford to hire someone to do the work, so my sister and I worked the entire month of June and the first part of July to make my mother’s dream of a backyard flower garden a reality.

The result for my mother is a garden of delight. The result for me has been a need to let some things go to be with my family, and am now having a hard time getting things back on track. You may have noticed or maybe not you missed a couple of weeks of blog posts and then sometimes you got blog posts on the wrong days it was and unfortunately remains a little disarrayed. But I am now blogging three times a week. My YouTube channel hasn’t been as lucky. It’s been a month or more since they have heard from me. My whole 5 subscribers, deserve the same diligence that I give you, but it takes more out of me to do a YouTube post.

On Monday, I will get my first novel back from the editor. I discovered this week that there is another book published recently with the same title that I had chosen for my book, so I will be looking for a new book title. If you have any ideas, I’m open to suggestions. I am trying to finish my second novel “Catch Me” I need to write another 40000 words, but I’m afraid to screw up the story arc. I have started a new novel called “When He Didn’t Love Me” That I am excited about but don’t know when I’ll get back to. I’m concerned about marketing costs for my book. Not to mention while I’m doing marketing I’ll be having production costs for another book, the finances of being an indie author is a scary thing.

So, that’s what’s I’ve been up to. This is what I hope will be happening. I hope my father’s medicine continues to work. I hope my father is around for a long, long time to come in a healthy capacity. I hope my mother does not need another big project for a while.

I hope to have “Lucy’s Choice” edited, and a cover selected by the end of September I hope to have further editing done by the end of November and then book design done in November with Advance Reader Copies ready in January.

For Catch Me, the second novel, I hope to have that to the editor in October. I hope to be finishing when he didn’t Love Me in November. My goal for the year was to finish four novels, and I’m on track to do that writing-wise. We’ll have to see about the publishing because of the costs involved.

So, that’s kind of a wrap-up of what’s been going on and where things are. I forgot to tell you about NaNoWriMo I did not win NaNoWriMo, but I made some good friends and that was my goal, so I won NaNoWriMo.

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One thought on “July Check-In

  1. Wow. You have a lot on your plate. So sorry to hear about your dad. That’s a tough one. You don’t need to change the name of your book. There are many books out there with the same or similar titles. Keep writing and Happy almost August.


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