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D is for Day Off

Well, that didn't take long. According to the official Blogging from A to Z schedule, the letter D was supposed to be written yesterday. But, according to my calendar, it is now April 6. Let's examine my excuses:

  1. Yesterday's plan: wake up early for one of my favorite yoga classes. It starts at 6:15 am. When I drive there in the darkness, I often think (if I'm awake enough to think, which, um, of course I am since I am driving), I am crazy for leaving the house to do this so early. By the end of the class, I feel so wonderful, I think, I was crazy for not wanting to do this. But yesterday, I woke up way too early to head out to class. As a matter of fact, I woke up around 3:30 am (I didn't go to bed until 11) and could not go back to sleep, until, of course, it was time to leave for the yoga class. So, Excuse #1: I needed sleep.
  2. Since I had to get ready for work, I didn't have time to sneak in my 15- minutes of writing if I wanted to leave the house with a fresh coat of paint on-- I mean, make-up. And I decided to flatten my already straight hair into a more pleasing different kind of straight style (If you would have told me in high school, when I cemented my bangs in hairspray and attempted to grow wings out of the sides of my head with a curling iron, that I would use something to tame my hair DOWN I would have thought you were crazy.) So, Excuse #2: Vanity.
  3. Sitting at a desk all day made me feel like a slug, so I headed to the yoga studio for a class right after work. Of course, I felt wonderful at the end of the class, even though the instructor put us through some pretty intense core and leg work. I also felt hungry. I had texted a grocery list to my wonderful husband so I would have all the ingredients for a good dinner (penne with chicken, kale and feta). He was also mowing the yard when I got home. So after a quick shower, I cooked. Then, we ate and spent some quality time together, if you know what I mean... Yes, we caught up on our DVR shows. So, Excuse #3: Happy Marriage.
That's it. I will attempt to catch up later tonight. After work, doctor's appointment, cooking dinner, preparing for my weekend trip (oh, those should be some interesting posts.) I know these are pretty lame excuses for not finishing a 15-minute writing "assignment." I am Facebook friends with writers who have to do all that I do, PLUS have children. And they have written books-- with an S-- multiple books. I will get out of my own way and move forward with this challenge. Starting... NOW! (OK, not NOW NOW, I really have to get to the 'D is for Day Job' but my intention is there, I promise). 

Thanks for stopping by!


Letter Schedule [2016]



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My Story
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Last time, I talked about people in our lives that are pretty sure they know how to be successful writers, because they spent much of their time reading. Sometimes their advice can be a blessing, sometimes just the opposite. It is the same with the plethora of advice available from other writers. Have you checked out almost every book about the writing process from your local library at one time or another? Are your shelves lined with your own copies of "the-perfect-writing-advice-that-will-get-me-published-once-and-for-all"? Are you a member of multiple online writing communities? Do you hold your breath just a little bit when waiting from the critique from that "certain someone" in your writing group?

Yeah. Me too. And I don't think that gaining knowledge is a bad thing. We just have to be careful.

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I never intended to become a ghostwriter. After all, why would I spend months of my life toiling away on someone else’s book? No thanks. I only wanted to write my own books, and that’s what I did.
I soon found, however, that the life of a book author wasn’t quite what I’d envisioned. I was working long hours, yet making less money than I had before, when I wrote only articles. The reason was simple—the time I spent promoting my books left me less time to write articles and other books, which cut into my income.
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That was enough for me. I decided to pursue coauthoring and ghostwriting, and “my” next book was ghostwritten for a client. (Typically a “coau…