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Writing Through Tough Times by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985) #writerlife

Hi folks,

Everyone has tough times – it’s an unfortunate fact of life. Another fact is that we all deal with those tough times in different ways. Some people are great at dealing with hardship – they just blast on through, coping marvellously and flicking the ‘V’ at whatever said hardship is. Others take it one step at a time, claw their way through, getting battered and bruised. And others don’t deal at all. They cry, they scream, they shout; bury their heads in the sand and crumble. None of those ways are right or wrong – like I say, everyone’s different, and we never know just what crap life is going to throw at us. We just have to get through however we can.

I’d say I’m one of those folks that falls somewhere in the middle. I get on with things, and on the surface probably seem as though I’m doing okay. I save my screaming, shouting, crying and meltdowns for behind closed doors.

It’s actually been a really tough couple of years for me, personally. I’ve suffered some major losses. And yes, I got through it, but another thing for me that suffered was my writing. As much as I wish I wasn’t, I’m an easily distracted writer. Noise, activity, annoyance, worry, grief… they can all make it nigh-on impossible for me to get any words down on the page.

I know other people actually use the aforementioned emotions and channel them into their writing. It can be cathartic for them, which is great, and likely produces some incredibly powerful writing. In the past, I have actually done that, and will likely do so in the future. But when times are incredibly tough, I’ll take whatever words my brain sees fit to provide and call them a win. And in the meantime, when things are quiet, I’ll write as much as I possibly can. I call it making hay while the sun shines.

Because, whatever happens, I try to be positive. At times, that’s pretty much impossible, but I do my best. Because that’s all we can ever do, right? Our best. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

What about you? Authors – do you find hard times stifle your writing, or do they spur it on? And non-authors – is there anything you normally do that you just can’t do when there’s something major going on in your life? Let’s talk about it – it’s important to talk about it, so we all know we’re not alone in these feelings.

Happy Reading (or writing, or whatever you’re currently working on!),

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 150 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

Snow Days, Reviews, and Headaches #WritersLife

I had MAJOR plans today to write the day away. Heck, I even dreamed about what snacks I would munch on while diving into my current WiP, an HEA for Reid Sullivan, Elite Escort man whore extraordinaire.

Thanks to nor’easter, Stella, I’ve got three kids at home with me rather than one.

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That means I haven’t written a single word and the day is almost half over.

I’m also neck-deep in trying to rustle up reviews for another title.  That makes me feel all…

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FRUSTRATED AS HELL.

I mean, seriously. I’ve sent out close to 25 review requests between making breakfast, wiping snotty noses, taking the toddler to pee, sipping tepid tea, making beds, laundry…and I know the chances of my gleaning a single review is close to zero.

All this to say it’s eleven in the morning, and I already have a headache. I’m ready for spring, digging in my garden, and a little peace and quiet.

That’s my bitch-o-rama for the day. How’s your day going so far?? Any tips or suggestions on how to get those coveted reviews? HOW can I keep the kids quiet for FIVE friggin’ minutes so I can write?!?

Lots of xoxo

~ Lynn Burke

 

 

 

Empty Nests. @KaceyHammell #CanadianMuscle #Writing #99cents

 

Good morning all. Happy Friday!! I’m glad to see the weekend. No school  routines. And today is actually a day off for my boys, so 3 days of a little extra sleep.

It’s been a crazy few weeks. A lot going on, decisions starting to be made here by our oldest son. He turns 18 soon, graduating from high school and has been accepted to the 3 colleges he applied for. And the one that has the best program is about an hour away. Not too far at all, which I’m grateful for, but it’s also not home either. He’s my Type 1 Diabetic and manages everything himself, but it’s an added worry too. Not that parents stop worrying about their kids because they move out – temporarily or not! It’s not like this is my first going to college. Though our first did live at home on weekends and was still 20 mins away all the time, this feels insurmountable for me to comprehend. Another child already getting set to fly the nest.

Shouldn’t there be a law? I’ve done my job, now I get to keep them locked away forever and ever? I don’t need grandchildren. I’ve told them this a million times. I’d rather they stay though. My Mr. Tech Hottie Hubby is ready for our 3rd to get out and figure out what he’s doing – who will be 15 in a few weeks! I nearly bawled a tub full of tears when he said that. I’m not dealing with it well. Nope, not at all.

So I’ve been drowning myself in the angst, murder, sex, shifter craziness and irritable characters in 2 works in progress. One is much further along and I’m happy for that. But there’s so much in the back of my mind, I’m not sure if I’m just at the point of the story – authors will get it – where I simply hate the story all together, or I’m just bogged down in “Mom Stuff”.  Who knows I suppose. I won’t know until the story is fully written – I have a pretty strict rule about writing first draft THEN edit, no editing before that’s done unless it’s a major plot thing – and then I’ll decide if I like it. At all. I hope so. Maybe. My critique partners will help. I hope.

LOL I promise, I’m not insane. Just a lot going on. It’s not easy being a parent. No one told me how much the kids leaving would cut like a knife. I really should apologize to my mother, and my Dad in heaven, I never realized what I put them through.

Anyway, in all this craziness, I did have a release since my last post!

Canadian Muscle Book 2: Guarding His Anchor hit bookstores and I’m thrilled it’s moving up and down the Amazon ranking. The book page for it is here (still going live in some stores) >> https://kaceyhammell.com/bookshelf-2/canadian-muscle/guardinghisanchor

ALSO! Evernight Publishing, my wonderful publisher, put Book 1: Canadian Muscle on sale for 99 Cents!!! It actually hit # 7 in its category on Amazon! Wow’d me!
Grab that for 99 Cents here >> https://www.amazon.com/Guarding-Anchor-Canadian-Muscle-Book-ebook/dp/B06WGV99NR

Oh, and I have a St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway going on here >> http://www.romanceauthorsatlarge.com/news/hello-and-kaceys-st-patricks-day-giveaway-kaceyhammell    ENDS March 15th, open internationally.

 

Okay, that is it for me for now. I’ll see you all again real soon.

Happy Reading!

Kacey xoxo