What a wonderful feeling to be able to type “The End” at the finish line of a long arduous writing experience. I have another novel done—really, truly done! And my critique partners are on-board, one even said, “This gave me goose bumps” about the final scene. Goose bumps! Can I get any better than that? It’s out to the betas right now and I’m dying to hear what they think.
This book, Like Fine Wine, may be close to ready, but I’ve got the finish the other one before I can go forward with my plans for it because the heroine in LFW is a secondary character from The Music Is You. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to release this one first since people might want to go look for MUSIC and it wouldn’t be there. I’m torn. I’ve had people advise me in both directions. Since it’s pretty much good to go, they say to put LFW out there now with a teaser for MUSIC in the back and then release MUSIC. Others recommend that I finish MUSIC and release it first with a teaser for LFW in the back.
It’s been almost a year since Rule Number One was released and I’m tempted to put LFW out there. I don’t want my readers to think I’m a one-trick pony because I’m not. I’ve got books going, ideas simmering, but I’ve also got this day job that takes up an incredible amount of my time. I love editing, I love my freelance life, but it’s not always so “free.” Deadlines beckon and paychecks don’t come in until after the work is completed—sometimes as much as 45 to 60 days after the work is done and invoiced. Freelancers have to be wonderful money managers, and we’ve all been known to whine about slow-paying clients. That old “gotta make a living” gets in the way of creative energy.
That’s been the theme of The Simple Abundance path so far—not letting life block our creative urges. Sarah Ban Breathnach speaks often of allowing our creative energy to flow, of being receptive to inspiration, of believing our yearnings are blessings. Finishing this book brought all those feelings to the surface. It’s done and it’s good. I am a great writer! What a rush!