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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Not much. Lol.

Okay, not totally true.  I’m still working on the whole work life balance thing. Particularly establishing certain ways to function around the day job-- setting boundaries, developing habits, etc—that will allow me to have time with friends, to pursue interest, keep writing, manage my health; yanno, have a life!

This week I’ve been pretty good about writing on the phone (well more like editing a problem patch of story) on my phone every day during the commute. Not sure if I’ve gained words or not.  I have to download my notes into the actual manuscript to see.

I’ve also continued to be good exercise wise. Made it to the gym 2 Saturdays in a row (will be going today, also, so make that 3 Saturdays) and during the week I’ve been doing my 10K steps each day. I downloaded the Pacer ap to my phone and I check several times each day to make sure I hit my target. I walk in the mornings for at least 20 mins, at lunch, and again after work. Most days I’m closer to 12K steps (almost 5 miles).  So now I’m thinking if I can walk 5 miles each day, then surely I can do 5 miles on the elliptical trainer on Saturdays – normally I do around 2 miles in 30 mins. If I stay on for the full hour, I’ll do at least 4 miles.

There’s some other life stuff I’m working on but I won’t bore you with them, let’s talk a bit more about the writing.  Y’all may have heard by now but my publisher Samhain, is winding down business.  Even though I haven’t submitted anything to them in years, the option was always there. I think they are/were a great organization to work with and put out quality product.

Ofcourse that leaves me with getting the rights back to Felicity Stripped Bare and Hunter of the Heart at some point. I think Felicity I can get back without too much delay, but Hunter hasn’t official hit the date of reversion yet.   Honestly, I always knew I was going to ask for Felicity back, if for no other reason than I’ve never (Nay. Ver. Eh. Ver) loved the cover art or font/type-set used for the Title and my name. L LLL   But I was waiting until demands of the day job settled down,  aaand I wrote Robert’s book (hero’s best-friend and business partner), then I’ve have the time and energy to launch/market both books with matching covers, etc.  Now I’ll have to give a little more serious thought about Robert’s  book.  But I want to finish the Dragon shift book.  Also, I’m kinda toying with the idea of re-working and expanding Hunter of the Heart when I get the rights back, so it’s the same world-building as the Dragon book.  Lots to think about…

My local RWA chapter has their March critique meeting in 2 weeks, so today I much find time to polish up the sci-fi romance I want to bring, and also work on the Dragon shifter book.   I’ll post later today with an upate. ß see what I just did there? Made myself publicly accountable. :-P  See? Progress. Lol.

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azteclady said...

The Samhain news hit hard--but I admire them for their professionalism.

It's worth nothing that the shutting down will take a good long while, and some authors will have to wait until it's done to get their rights back, but at least royalties will not be withheld to pay for nuisance lawsuits *cough* *cough*

Here's cheering you on. Finding, and then maintaining, balance ain't easy, but it sure is worth the effort.

vanessa jaye said...

Hey Aztec, I could have swore I responded to this post back in Feb. But I guess I didn't hit save. :-P

Yeah, the Samhain news was pretty darn surprising. I have to figure out what to do with my books there. I just need to carve out some time to deal with it. I think just a new cover/check the copy write and re-publish for *now*. There's a couple of scenes that got cut in the originally editing process I'd like to re-introduce, but I don't have the time and energy to get into any sort of involved editing. *sigh*

btw, I can't find the link to your personal blog. Thought I had it bookmarked. I know I've left comments. Could you leave it here for me again? The day job kinda makes it hard to stay in tough to stay in tough, but I'd like to know I check in here and there.

vanessa jaye said...

hmm, I think I know what happened in February. I had to sign in 3 times. Once to prove I'm not a robot, second into google, than back here again to post. Must have missed a step in Feb. :P

azteclady said...


Google makes it interesting *cough* to comment on blogger, doesn't it?

I'm around at Karen's blog, and also at my blog, here.

vanessa jaye said...

Ahhh, there you are! (blog wise) I updated by sidebar. I kept getting your etsy store.

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