Happy Saturday!! I have some “phantastically” exciting news! The 4th book in the Phantasmic Wars series, The Hunt for the Five, is now available in audiobook format (CD/MP3 download) at Books in Motion!
One of the questions I get the most is “How do you do it? How do you find time to write when you work full time and have young kids and…??”
My writing ebbs and flows. I go through what I call “dry spells” where I hardly put a word to the page. This can be weeks, even months. I used to beat myself up about this, ask myself what kind of author I was trying to be if I wasn’t writing every day. And then, in the last year, I learned to accept it.
That’s me. That’s how I write.
So when my writing is flowing, I quite literally “go with the flow.” I bring my notebook with me everywhere. I insist my husband drives us places so I can write. I stay up late, I wake up early, I read on my lunch break so I can write later. I sit in a chair while my kids play with their Lego and I zone into the music playing through my ear buds and just let the pen fly.
Because I know, eventually, the rush of words will slow to a trickle, and then that trickle will disappear as well, and I’m left “high and dry.”
So am I writing all the time? No. Even when I do, I take frequent writing breaks to read to my kids, or walk my dog, or bake (I LOVE to bake!). I am of the belief that the more I live, the more interesting my writing will be.
Yes, I write even while working full time with young kids. But I’ve fallen into a rhythm with my brain and the way I write: I take the times where the words are flowing and I write then, in every moment I can. And when my dry spell hits, which it always, inevitably, does…I hibernate and wait, keeping a notebook nearby for when I pick it up and start to write again.
Your father and I are fae. I want to see you someday. When you are ready, follow the clues.
The summer before her senior year had been a major disappointment for seventeen-year-old Eevee. Especially the bit at the end, when she had been dumped by her boyfriend of ten months. But her friends Maggie and Cam are a text away to help her pick up the pieces of her broken heart.
In an effort to help distract Eevee from her woes, her parents give her a sealed envelope containing information about her adoption. Eevee is shocked when she finds a handwritten note from her birth mother claiming that Eevee is fae, and warning of danger if Eevee tries to uncover her true identity. The note is short and leaves Eevee with more questions than answers.
Following a trail of mysterious clues scattered across the fae realm, Eevee is set on finding her birth parents. Along the way, she meets an unlikely ally who will help her to understand this newly discovered identity and what it will mean for her future. As the clues unravel and bring her closer to her birth parents, they also bring her closer to danger. However, when powerful enemies in the Unseelie Court take note of her activity in the fae realm, Eevee debates whether it’s worth it to find the answers she’s longed to know about her past.
Recently I’ve been reflecting on growth. Growth as a writer, as a person, etc.
My current WIP (work in progress) is loosely based off an old manuscript. The difference between my writing style then (more than 10 years ago) and now is profound. During that time, I’ve lived more of life. I’ve written more poems and more books. I’ve become a mother. All of these things and more affect my writing.
It was my youngest kiddo’s birthday the other day.
The first picture is the cake I made for him. He’s obsessed with sea creatures.
The second picture came up in my memories from 3 years ago. It was what my cake decorating used to look like. The difference between the two pictures is staggering to me, and was a humble reminder that our first attempts at anything (like that old manuscript I’m salvaging for my current WIP) are not going to be perfect.
But those attempts are important. So are the ones after that, and the ones after that…
Practice is important. Perseverance is important. Oh, and having passion for the thing you’re working on is important, too.
So even if what you’re working on seems frustrating or you think it’s not worth it… trust the process and follow your passion. ❤
I’m one of those people who doesn’t like when a book ends. It’s hard to say goodbye to the characters I’ve grown to love.
You know what I found out? It’s hard as the writer, too.
Finishing the Phantasmic Wars series was more bittersweet than I had imagined it would be. Don’t get me wrong, writing The Return to Phantasmagoria was fun. It might have been my favorite book to write out of the whole series. But writing the ending brought up a lot more emotions than I had imagined it would.
The characters (Tom, Katie, Chad, Sharice, Melissa, Mr. Blackburn, Morgrim, Mrs. Taylor, the list goes on and on…) were like old friends, and writing the ending for them (as much as I loved the ending) was like writing goodbye.
Confession: I’m not planning on writing any more books about these characters. But I might return to Phantasmagoria myself with other characters someday.
For now, I’ve left Phantasmagoria behind and am now working on a standalone fantasy novel, which has its own unique characters and setting. I can’t wait to share more about that soon!
Until then, I hope you enjoy the Phantasmic Wars series. I’d love to hear which book is your favorite!