The holidays are officially over so my post may seem like it’s a bit late, but I wanted to share what I learned about trying to maintain a regular writing schedule from the week of Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.
Knowing that a lot of my normal “free time” after I arrive home from the day job would be eaten up shopping for gifts, wrapping said gifts, baking, entertaining out of town relatives, and attending at least the necessary holiday gatherings (i.e. the office party which while not mandatory, seems so), I lowered my normal weekly page goal of new material to half the normal amount. I also tried to fit in at least a modicum of promotion.
Well, you know what they say about good intentions. My writing schedule dwindled down to all but non-existent. At first I felt like I was dropping the ball, but on the advice of friend I started keeping a list of all the things (writing related or not) I did manage to accomplish each week. Looking at that list at the end of the week and seeing all of the things I did do kept me from feeling like a failure.
Did I meet those updated writing goals I made the week of Thanksgiving? Nope, not even close. But I did learn something which is just as important. I learned with all of the added responsibilities the holidays bring, for me, writing needs to take a back seat. So as I sit down this weekend and write out my 2014 writing goals, I’m building in a “no writing” cushion from Thanksgiving until the first full week of January. If I have the time, I’ll definitely sit down and write, but without having the pressure of those daily page goals, I think I’ll enjoy the holiday season so much more.
Known only as Lazarus to the band of cutthroats and thieves he leads, William Prescott will do anything to find his missing sister, even blackmail a fragile young woman into helping him. But he never plans to fall in love with this mysterious woman with a troubled past.
Haunted by the memories of war, Olivia St. Germaine wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But when her brother, a doctor, suddenly leaves town without a word, she is forced to use her medical knowledge to help an injured man who puts her life in danger. Can she keep herself safe as she tends Lazarus, or is her heart more vulnerable than she realizes?
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At the age of four, Katherine pestered her mother to teach her to read. From that point on, she spent the most of her childhood lost in the pages of one book after another. Soon she began writing stories of her own, populated with characters doing all of the things she was too shy to even contemplate doing herself.
A chance meeting with another author led Katherine to seriously pursue a writing career. Her debut novel, Impetuous, was released by The Wild Rose Press in August 2011.
Katherine lives in upstate NY with her family though she threatens to move south at the beginning of each winter season.
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