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I almost didn’t check in this time, but after the post on the ROW80 site that Eden Mabee wrote, I felt like I need to get back to this. This is a community. We are here to help each other. So I’m late, but I’m here.

Since my husband’s hospital stay and the subsequent financial situation, I’ve been nearly paralyzed with fear of the near future. Would he have another incident? Would he be able to go back to work before we started having to choose which bills to pay and which to let go? Would things ever get back to normal? Or would there be a new normal for us? I just couldn’t write during this time. I just didn’t want to. I had no motivation.

So…he went back to work last night. He called me this morning (he wasn’t home yet when I left for work) and said they had a busy night, but everything went fine. He has a fairly physical job, so I was a little concerned. I’m hoping things will be okay, at least for a long time. We have to live with the fact that he’ll always have heart problems. It’s hereditary; it has nothing to do with his habits. I’ll just pray that God will continue to take care of us.

I had just started the Dave Ramsey plan when all this happened. The first baby step is to get $1000 in an emergency fund as soon as possible. I had just saved $130 when hubby went into the hospital. Oddly enough, I didn’t have to touch the $130. We had some unexpected help from a couple of people. Plus, some people made food for us, so we didn’t have to buy many groceries. The strange thing is, we were able to actually make a budget that balanced out. Even with less money coming in, it somehow worked. I’m convinced God’s hand was in this. So I’m going to really work on staying on the budget and doing the baby steps. After we accumulate the $1000 emergency fund, the next step is to start attacking our debt. There will be less eating out, no unnecessary expenditures, and things WILL get sold on eBay.

The good news is that I’ve been writing again. My WIP is called Keeper of His Soul, a sequel to Soul of a Vampire. I’m a little concerned that it’s going to end up a novella instead of a novel, but I’m going to stop trying to force a book to be longer than it wants to be. So we’ll see what happens. It’s going in a totally different direction than I originally had planned. So that’s getting interesting.

I know I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve had a lot going on.

Hubby was in the hospital last month. I thought I was going to lose him. He went into AFib, and his defibrillator went off four times before he was able to call an ambulance to come get him. He was at work and was able to drive to his mom’s (just down the road) to call the ambulance. He should have called from work.

Hubby is much better. He’s not been able to work, mostly because his doctor can’t see him until Aug. 10. He feels much better and is anxious to return to his normal routine. Out of boredom, he’s cleaned just about every inch of the house.

I had a good cry this morning because I don’t know how I’m going to pay the bills with only my paycheck. But I trust that God will take care of us, so I put on my big girl panties and went on to work at a job I’m beginning to hate. Because you know what? There are people a lot worse off than we are. I should be thankful for what we have.

So, no more whining. I’ve let this whole thing be a big excuse for not writing. Many authors write better when they’re upset or depressed. It’s like writing lets them get everything out. I’m the opposite. I write better when I’m on top of the world happy. Yeah, I’m weird. So I actually got some writing in tonight. This story is going in odd directions I wasn’t expecting. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. LOL

Hopefully, I won’t be so absent from now on. I have a lot of blogs to catch up on, and I know some of my FB friends think I’ve gone into exile. I just haven’t felt very social. I’ll try to do better!🙂

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This whole round has pretty much been a bust when it comes to writing. I’ve done a LOT of editing for clients, though.

Here’s what I need to do. Yes, I still think I need to put my clients first because that’s what they’re paying me for. However, I shouldn’t put my writing at the very bottom of everything. I think I’m maybe doing it on purpose because it’s been so long since I’ve written anything that I’m afraid. I don’t know for sure what I’m afraid of, but I FEEL afraid when I think of my WIP. I need to get over that and get back to work.

So, having said all that, I want to be ready to get things done next round!

So…I’ve been complaining that there’s not enough hours in the day. And yet, I signed up for a Culinary Herbalist class. *sigh* But, I really need to take steps to improve my health, and that’s what this is about. It talks about “food as medicine”. There are recipes and suggestions on what foods and herbs are medicinal. I’ve watched the first video and have watched half of the second one. I just hope I can do this because I’m really bad at eating fruits and vegetables. One thing it mentioned is that in N. America, we are used to mostly three flavors. Sweet, sour, and salty. Other cultures embrace other flavors, such as bitter and pungent. I hope I can enlightened my palate. LOL

So, here’s all the things I have to do in the next few weeks:

1. Write my ROW80 inspirational post (tonight!) so Kait’s eye won’t twitch
2. Do one lesson per day on Culinary Herbalism
3. Do editing on three books for clients
4. Work in some exercise
5. Start cooking with recipes from my lessons
6. Study my teacher’s manual for Vacation Bible School & cut out visual aids for each student
7. Teach VBS the week of June 13-7
8. Finally, find some little bits of time to write

These things wouldn’t be so daunting if I didn’t have to work at my day job 40+ hours per week. And after I got back to work from vacation today, I found out my assistant is leaving. The best assistant I’ve ever had.😦

I will persevere!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an update. That’s because I didn’t want to bore you with saying “Editing for clients, no writing” a bunch of times.🙂 I just finished up a BIG editing job and have a few more in the works.

I’ve GOT to set aside time to write. Whether it’s a certain time or a certain day, I have to do it. When I have a lot of editing jobs and have to make deadlines, it’s hard to justify making time for writing, but I need to do it.

In other news, I went to A Weekend with the Authors in Nashville. This was a great conference with a great mixture of authors and readers. We did “speed dating” with the readers, a plated lunch with the readers, and a couple of parties. There were other activities such as games and a couple of classes. Then we had a book fair/signing on Saturday afternoon. I sold more books here than any other conference. The thing I liked best about this conference was that we were all treated the same. Best selling authors and newbies all did the exact same things. There was no preferential treatment in any way, including which table you got at the book signing. This is a conference I want to return to next year.

Saturday, I’m going to go on vacation for a week. I’ll be in Panama City Beach. It’s been three years since I’ve been. My husband was out of work a lot for medical reasons in the past three years, so we’re just now (barely) able to afford the vacation again. I can’t wait! I’ll probably do some editing and writing while I’m there, but not a lot. It’s about NOT working.🙂

I can’t even remember the last time I did my Sunday check-in on Sunday. I rarely do any business related stuff on Sunday since it’s a time for family, and I consider this business. I had some time this morning before church, so I thought I would post ON TIME.🙂

I’ve had to reevaluate everything lately. I’m so behind on so much. I realized I haven’t even given Kait an inspirational post for ROW80 yet. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and wonder how I’m going to do everything I need to do. I work a full time job and then do line editing in the evenings after work. I’ve taken on another church related activity which ties up most of my Tuesday nights. I have church on Sundays and Wednesdays. And right now, I have to come up with a costume for a writers’ conference I’m going to as well as table decorations for the book signing. There’s just SO MUCH. When in the world can I write?

Okay, so now I’m thinking…OTHER people are busy, too, right? How do they do it? Um…maybe by not wasting time doing unimportant stuff? I realize I do this. There are hours in the evenings I could be writing instead of doing other things. I think the only way I’m going to be able to keep this all up is to make myself a schedule and stick to it. (But give myself wiggle room if something comes up.) For instance, these are the hours and days I’ll edit, these are the hours and days I’ll write, etc. My editing clients have to come first because they pay me to do it. And I need the income from that. And right now, income from writing stinks. I’m hearing this from many authors. So clients are first priority. But I have to set aside time to write. I have two books in the works, one for each pen name, and I need to be working on them.

THEN I have to make sure I set aside SOME time for my husband. I think one of my biggest problems is that I feel guilty when I’m in my office working, and he’s in the living room watching TV. I feel like I need to be with him. I HAVE to find that proper balance. Work stuff, family stuff, church stuff.

I would love to hear thoughts and suggestions. What do y’all think about making a schedule? How do all of you juggle everything?

A day late again!

Nothing to report on the writing front. I hope to dive back into that this week.

I just finished an editing job and immediately got another one. That’s how I like it…one job at a time.🙂

I need to be walking because that JDRF Walk is coming up Saturday, and I’m so out of shape! Last year, I had been walking a lot before the event, but this year…not so much. Again, thanks to the two people from this blog who donated to the cause.

I feel like I’ll never catch up on things I need to do. Do you all ever feel like that?

Signing off!

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