Sunday, August 20, 2023

When Life Throws Lemons at You...

 When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

I’ve heard this proverbial phrase most of my life. It’s the idea you can succeed even when life happens and you have to face a tough situation or some sort of misfortune. I hate this saying, because sometimes all I want to do is sit in a corner and cry.

The last few months have been a rollercoaster ride. On the ups, I published Onyx

(Brimstone Heat #3) in June, created several outlines, and started writing the first chapter in Wild Wolf (Starlight Bar #5). On the downs, writing has been slow. A few months ago, DH had heart bypass surgery and was home recuperating until he went back to work with restrictions. For financial reasons, I had to go back to work. It’s been tough and adjusting to a new normal. Like many authors, I wish I made a full-time income with my writing.

But I’m trying to make lemonade out of the lemons.

I don’t have control of my day schedule, but I’m working to carve out some writing time in the evenings, at least on the evenings I don’t sit down with my writing notebook and fall asleep. Yeah, the day job is kicking me.

My goals are to write and publish Wild Wolf by the end of this year, create outlines for the rest of the books in the Brimstone Heat series, outline a new series, and start writing the three book Christmas series that will come out in 2024. Maybe I’m being a little too ambitious, but I have a plan.

I’m trying to make lemonade, but I’m thinking of tossing out the lemonade and grabbing a bottle of whiskey instead. What do you think?

Side note: Maybe I should create a story about a whiskey drinking older woman. Hhhmmm.