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Where Have I Been?

Covert_Box_Set_FinalI am so, so, so sorry for my loooooong absence. I’m afraid life happened. I thought I would be leaving town for a weekend, or a week at the most, and ended up being gone for four long months. Being back home feels like being in an alternate reality at the moment.

My absence completely derailed the release of my new series, Smart is the New Sexy. I do plan for that series to see the light of day, really! However, I have to get everything back on track, including writing the rest of the series, so at this point, I’ve decided the best thing to do is delay the release until 2015, Keep an eye out for a late spring/summer release. I hate the delay, but I refuse to release anything but my absolutely best work. You deserve that!

As for the Covert series, that has been delayed, too, I’m afraid. I had two more books planned in the series, but the more I think about it, it seems like the two books would do better as one book. I’m playing around with things, seeing how it works. Elle and Reese will make it to a permanent HEA, but I need to figure out exactly how I want to tell the story of how they get there.

After the unexpected turn my life took this summer, I’m afraid to even give a “guesstimate” on when I think Covert Series #4 will be ready until it’s much further along. Once I know, though, you can be sure I’ll tell you.

But for those of you who haven’t read the series yet, keep your eye out for the Covert Series #1-3 box set! It’ll be available at retailers soon. If you want to know when, feel free to join my Mailing List.

Feeling “Blocked” Is A Luxury

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I was telling a friend over drinks last Friday that, while I was doing my best to write, I felt “blocked.” She frowned at me in a way that told me I wasn’t going to like what she had to say next.

She asked, “What is your timeline to finish?”

I said, “August 1.”

“You realize that’s less than two weeks away,” she said.

I hadn’t realized that, but a quick mental calculation told me she was absolutely right. I nodded, taking a big swallow of my margarita.

“You need to get a move on,” she said.

She’s right, of course. And I realized something: “feeling blocked” is a luxury. It’s a luxury I can’t afford. That got me writing!

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In Action

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Now I’m in the thick of it. After all the fear, and anxiety (which led to massive avoidance), I’ve now dived in and am swimming far. It reminds me of something I often manage to forget when a big task awaits: once you’re doing something, a lot of that worry has a way of evaporating.

Once it’s time to take action, there’s no time to worry.

Is there a problem? I fix it. I feel like a warrior, slicing problems to ribbons with a sword (my sword is made of words- bear with me). The key thing I (again) realize is that all that worry was just wasted energy.

Ready To Dive In?

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Take a look at that water in the picture above. Doesn’t it look gorgeous? It looks great for swimming. All you have to do to start swimming is dive in. Dive right past those rocks into the water.

It seems easy when you’re just looking at the picture. But if you were actually there, standing at the edge of that cliff of rocks, you might be having some second thoughts. Is the water shallow, which could leave you with a broken neck? Will you belly flop and get the wind knocked out of you? Will you somehow really screw up and end up smashing your head or some other vital body part into the rocks itself?

This is what making any big decision is like. I’ve been dreaming of writing for years now, if I’m being honest myself. Now that I’ve decided to really give it a chance, it feels like I’m about to dive into the deep end. I’ve read plenty of books on writing. Done writing exercises. Outlined my story. Outlined the theories. Considered character arcs, plot points, concepts.

Now it’s time to dive in and start writing. Who knew a blank screen or blank page could be every bit as intimidating as standing at the edge of a cliff?

Well, yesterday I dived in. The water felt great.

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Make Today The Day

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There are those who talk, those who plan, and those who DO. I’ve got the talking and planning part down. Now, I’m working on translating that to action and being one of those who DO.

I’m big on transitions and beginnings. Mondays, the first day of the month, the first day of the year, my birthday, summer or winter solstice: I like to take any of those opportunities as time to start something. Well, it’s Tuesday. I’m the type of person who can easily take that as an opportunity to go ahead and keep planning, outlining, thinking about some detail, and let the week pass me by.

No more.

I’m going to take a page out of Nike’s book: Just Do It.

Today will be the day I put pen to paper and start typing and just get going already. I’m going to Make Today the Day. Are you in?

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All Set! No, Not Quite…

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Whether you’re about to graduate from high school, college, get married, have a baby, take a new job, you’ve been there. It’s that place where you’ve wanted something for a long time, worked hard for it, dreamed about it, and now… it’s almost here. You imagine you should feel ecstatic, and surely a part of you does. Unfortunately, there’s that other part of you. The part of you that leads to procrastination about what has to be done, whether it’s admissions essays or job searching or getting the nursery ready.

Why is that? Well, to sum it up in a word, it’s FEAR. Change is exciting, but change is also scary. Terrifying, in fact. Well, it is for most of us. I’m at that point right now. I’ve been incredibly excited about something that I’ve been dreaming about for years (literally), and now that it’s time to put my foot on the gas pedal and make it happen, I’m… procrastinating. Hesitating.

I know it’s fear. I know the only way to overcome it is to simply Get Started. And that’s what I’m going to do. Now. Right Now. After I finish that other thing…

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Baby Steps

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We can learn a lot from young creatures. It’s amazing how much we start out knowing, only to have to relearn it again as we get older. This baby giraffe shows: you just have to get up and take the first step. Watch this little guy take his first steps and keep right on going.

Every time I have to do something new, this is what it feels like. It’s always worth it, though. Thank you, USA Today and Youtube, for the day’s “Awww…” moment.