This year I’ll be busy working on my fifth novel. I’ve signed up with other authors to work on the Common Elements Romance Project. Each author writes their own novel, novella, or short story. The story that you write must include all of the five elements:
A lightning storm
A person named Max
A stack of thick books
A haunted house
Author Cora Lee provided the concept and asked if other authors would be interested in doing the project. With my trilogy almost complete, I was up for the challenge. I signed to join the project in April, 2018, knowing that I’d have some time to write the book with an October/November 2019 timeframe for publishing.
Now with all three books of the Dream or Reality trilogy are available in eBook and print, I’ll be working on this project. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
I hope everyone has a great 2019!
Beth M James – Author of novels based on strong characters and elements of romance.
In the last month, I read “Killing Malmon” featuring 30 Authors…One Victim. The book is edited by Dan and Kate Malmon and benefits MS. This was my bedtime story book, and I enjoyed reading the short stories on how to kill Dan. I’m sure Kate was fascinated too – she’s Dan’s wife!
Kate has MS and this is their way of helping the MS Society by donating the royalties earned from their book to the cause. The stories are pretty creative and it’s amazing how many different ways you can kill one person! There’s a mix of humor, drama, jealousy, and total crime. If you have a chance, check out the book. Great stories and a great cause!
Yesterday I had a lot that I wanted to get done. I really wanted to work on my book edits, but I also knew that I had quite a few writing and household tasks that had (or I wanted) to do as well. And when I get overloaded, bringing on superwoman and do everything in a single day, I end up being less productive. I do the famous start one thing and then move on to the next without finishing the first.
Yesterday I decided to create a list to make sure that I gave myself time to edit and do other tasks. I know this sounds nerdy, but my list started like this:
Edit 1-2 pages
Get ready for the day
Edit 1-2 pages
Edit 1-2 pages
Sort out bills, pay charge cards
Record pile of receipts into the check register
Edit 1-2 pages
Bank reconciliation for both banks
Edit 1-2 pages
This is only the beginning. The above took me through the morning. What was nice about the list is that I didn’t have to think about what I should do next. I just followed it line by line. However, I do like this one as well:
I didn’t get through all my tasks yesterday, but I’m now working on it again tonight. I filed papers, waited for my computer to update (grrr), went through emails, and wrote blog. Now that I’m done with the blog, guess what I get to do next! Yep, edit one to two pages.
Have a great week!
Beth M James
Novels based on strong characters and elements of romance.
Happy new year to all. For me, this is the official start of the year. I give myself the first day of the year to reflect, transition, and then open the door into the new year.
Last year was rough. Not long into the year, my mom went into hospice care. She steadily declined, becoming weaker in mind and body due to breaking her leg/hip, dementia, and the stroke she had six years previous. It’s not easy seeing someone you love become so lifeless. She died at the end of October and passed peacefully. I still quietly mourn her.
Yesterday was spent at home. Mike and I enjoyed waking up with our grandson’s bright smile and playing dinosaurs and Legos with him. We did small things around the house, spent time together, and watched a movie. No big fanfare, which was nice. We had time to think and simply enjoy the day.
Today is about starting the year with recharged energy. I’m looking forward to what each day brings. My challenges this year will be balancing life and work. I’m ready to take both on, spending quality time with family, friends, and co-workers/writers. I’ve also been editing the second book in The Calling trilogy, which I’m geared to publish this spring.
Saturday night was the start of a huge snowstorm that swept the Midwest. The storm ended this morning and produced 10 to 12 inches of snow in the Hudson area. The bad news is that I had somewhere to go on Sunday, my writer group’s meeting and holiday party. Driving over fifty miles in snow and on slick roads is not a favorite of mine. The good news is that I wasn’t the only one who thought the same. We cancelled the meeting and rescheduled the party to our January meeting. I now had a full day with no commitments. A snow day!!
I thought about all the things I could knock off my list, like clean off my desk, go through my emails, and wrap the presents I had bought. I wanted to get started right away, but my mind spun in every direction. I froze for a bit (not literally) and then took on the first chore of watering my plants. I went upstairs with my water pitcher and thought of something else to do. I tried working on that, was distracted, and then remembered I had to finish watering the plants. How frustrating!
At that point, I stopped and looked out my bedroom windows. I have three high windows on one wall. Inside, I decorated the sills with candles, snowmen, and white leaves. Outside, the backdrop was snow and ice clinging to the window, almost as if Jack Frost had come to visit. I smiled as I admired my windows in this new winter scene.
I then went to the dining room window and looked out to the park. I watched the white flakes swirl down to the ground. A dog jumped across the blanket of snow with his tongue hanging out and ears flapping. Snow flew up as he bounced around and circled the marshmallow- coated pine trees.
I did get to my list. I prioritized and dug into the tasks I knew had to get done. In between work, I took a few moments to look outside and watch the beauty around me. What a great day.