I’ve been MIA for a few months from my blog, and I’ve missed it. I miss sharing and connecting with y’all about writing struggles and epiphanies mixed in with life’s victories. And after a three month hiatus, I’m back with more content for this blog and lot more in store!
First off, the reasons for my absence. My first book Strip for Me has been finished and is currently with a formatter. It’s also releasing October 15, 2019 (for more info on the book, click here). And I’ve been hiding out because this is all making me feel so many things that I walk around with a constant lump in my throat.
I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m emotional and overwhelmed.
Everyone has been so supportive, and my heart will explode any day now. I do not deserve you kind souls out there who have reached out to tell me how excited and happy you are for me. How you can’t wait to read this book. How you’re going to buy my book the minute it becomes available.
I can never thank you enough.
The closer we get to release, the more grateful I am to be blessed with a fierce support system. It’s made this all an even better experience than I ever imagined!
It’s been a crazy ride to this point, and it’s only the beginning. It feels surreal to say that I have a release date, and it’s only three months away. Most of all, though, I’m excited.
I wrote a book. I’m publishing that book. I’m chasing my dream… and that’s something to be proud of.
Beyond getting the book ready, I’ve been trying to navigate the self-publishing and marketing realms. It often feels like I’m wandering around the Upside Down from Stranger Things. It’s sometimes dark and disorienting, and I feel lost.
It seems like something new arises every day, and although I try to be positive and tell myself that at least things are constantly interesting, it is time-consuming. It’s been taking up a lot of my time and energy trying to educate myself on self-publishing. Thankfully, I met some super kind authors at Inkers Con a couple months ago (more on that in a future post!) who have been generous with their wealth of knowledge.
On top of that, I transitioned to a new full-time day job a few weeks ago. I’m still in that limbo of trying to get settled in and learn the ins and outs. I also try to have any semblance of a social life, which often fades into the background like the sun setting.
So… I’ve been busy.
As much as I’ve wanted to maintain my blog, something had to give, for at least a little while until I could get into a new routine. I always work best with structure, which usually takes time to figure out when your situation changes.
And mine has changed – several times over the last six months, actually.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. I’ve had to re-prioritize. It’s not a bad thing, but it doesn’t always allow me to do all the things I want. I talk in a previous post about not being able to focus 100% on everything. It’s best to pick a couple things that are at the top of your list and put most of your time and energy toward those. Otherwise, you’ll exhaust yourself trying to do it all.
That’s what was happening to me.
I constantly found myself pulled in different directions while also trying to adjust to a new city. Then I was hard on myself when I didn’t get to do it all. I felt much better once I decided to give my blog a break and focus on life and my book.
But it’s all coming together now, and I’m ready for the last half of this year. It will be a year I’ll never forget, I already know.
One thing to expect – more blog posts. As I settle into a new normal, blog posts will be a priority!
Thanks again for joining me on this journey and for your encouragement. Stay tuned for more, y’all!