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!

Always a day late….

I’m finally starting to feel a little better, but something weird is going on. I’m getting a sore throat that comes and goes. There one day, gone the next. One night it hurt so badly, I was almost in tears. The next day? Nothing. I don’t know what could be going on, but it can’t be bacterial. I’ve been on two different kinds of antibiotics for my other issues. My dear friend, Anya, says it could be the pollen irritating my throat, but this feels like the gland, like when you have strep rather than a raw throat. Who knows?

Okay, enough about that. This is a writing thing, not a whining thing, right?

I’ve got a couple of editing jobs coming up, so I won’t be writing as much, but I HAVE started writing notes on the third in my mystery series under the other pen name. And I’m going to still be working on Keeper of His Soul. This illness has put me behind on everything, but I’m trying to get back on track. Maybe I’ll be able to post more on my next few check-ins.

I also want to thank the two people who responded to my last blog post and donated or pledged a donation to my walk for Juvenile Diabetes. That’s very generous, and I appreciate it so much. I’m not mentioning names because I thought you might want to remain anonymous. 🙂


I’m walking for Juvenile Diabetes again this year. If any of you can contribute just $5.00, it can really help. I know a little girl who has this terrible disease, and I’m doing this so that maybe someday she won’t have to have multiple shots per day. She was diagnosed when she was five, and I think she’s eight right now. I’m on her team and will be walking with her and her family on April 30.

If any of you are interesting in donating, contact me at lauralynnelliottauthor@gmail.com, and I’ll send you the link. I’m not going to post that here for privacy reasons.

I understand if you can’t do this. There are so many causes, and you can’t help them all. But if you can give even just $1.00, that’s cool. Thank you all for at least considering it! 🙂