The Quarantine Blues

Hey everyone!

I know, I know. It’s been awhile since I updated here, but with everything going on it’s just been so hard to focus and write much of anything. I haven’t worked on anything in ages, and that just seems to make my anxiety that much worse. It’s hard enough coping with that on a daily basis, but add in the stress that comes with COVID-19 and everything is just one big jumbled mess. I’m here now though, and I’m bringing a few updates with me for those who might be curious.

Things with the publisher are going rather slowly at the moment. With the virus impacting just about everything, including the daily lives of every single one of us, things are understandably moving a bit slower than normal. I thought we were about to start my editing process, but now they’re saying June so we’ll see. What should have been an March/April release of book one is now likely going to be August/September, with books two and three following shortly thereafter. Fingers crossed that remains the schedule! I’m very anxious to get the entire story of Rust out there for everyone, and that’s my priority at the moment.

I’m about to start editing the Ramona novel from the series, as it’s the one (for me) that really needs the most overhauling. I’m not satisfied with some of the choices I made in the first draft, so it’s a good time to work on correcting those things and making sure it’s the story I want to tell for her.

I have a bunch of other novels sitting around waiting for editing too. I need to get back on track, so I’m going to fill out my planner for May and try to buckle down. With the stay at home orders, the fear of getting sick, and all the uncertainty right now it feels strange to be working on writing but I need to do it. Writing is a safe place for me, it gives me solace, and so I really need to try and hold onto that instead of letting myself feel like I can’t.

My goal for the year is to get the trilogy out with the publisher, and to get at least one novel up self-published. I don’t know yet which one it’ll be, I can’t choose at the moment, but I have an idea of which one I’d really like for it to be. I also have so many things that are in limbo where I’m not writing at the moment, and I just really hope things start to ease up mentally so I can get past this hurdle. It’s the worst thing in the world to be a writer who can’t find their words. Well, maybe not the very worst thing, but it’s pretty high up there on my list.

In the mean time I have gotten back into the reading groove! I hadn’t been able to read for pleasure either, everything just felt so off (I know y’all know what I mean), but I’ve been able to get myself into a groove again. I’ve almost hit 50 books for the year out of the 115 I hope to read, which is pretty good! Not as far ahead of the curve as I’ve been in recent years, but it’s relaxing me and helping me to sort of center myself. I’ll try to post some reviews here of the books I enjoy the most as I go along.

I’ve also starting to work on organizing my personal library differently and filling out my card catalog. I’m considering doing a video tour of my book collection sometime in the near future, but we’ll see how that shakes out. My books are already in order, but I just want to change things up somehow. If I do I’ll either do a video tour, or maybe a photo tour. We’ll see!

So how are you guys dealing with quarantine, working during a pandemic, and just life in general at the moment? If you’re a fellow writer have you also hit a bit of a road block? Let me know! I’d love to hear from all of you!

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