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Hi Kathy, LARA sister here. Loved the article, and am looking forward to the book, though it's not my usual kind of read.
Balance… hmmm, I was no good on the balance beam as a teenager and I tend to be off-balance as an adult writer, but I'm working on it. 🙂 Writing in Flow
Hi, Kathy, I'm so sorry I didn't get the chance to become better acquainted with you at PSWA. So glad you joined though. Yep, the balancing act between promoting and writing is not easy.
Best of luck with your book!
Thanks! It seems to me, if you're a writer (it doesn't matter what you write), the is a feeling of not doing enough.
That's pretty harsh when most people are running like hamsters on a treadmill already. To make matters worse, our profession is such a solitary endeavor. Even if we are NOT alone in our feelings, we think we are.
There doesn't seem to be one 'happy' medium. But I'll keep trying.
Thank you for taking important time out of your day to visit me here.
Great post about balance, Kathy. As a short story writer I still haven't found a balance between writing, editing, rewriting, and submitting. It seems when I concentrate on one, the others suffer.
Congrats on your sales! Wish you a wonderful retirement and successful new career.
Well, you are certainly one who knows what she is talking about. You're career has just blossomed.
I know people don't believe me when I say I'm busier now that when I was working a full-time job, but I am! Of course, much of it is spent on the computer with writing-related stuff – so I can't complain (okay I do…but I'm trying to stop).
Thanks for stopping by and visiting.
Great blog, Kathy. Nothing more important than writing that next great book!
So happy for your success with self-pubbing.
Wishing you all the best in your retirement and with your writing.
Prior to become a writer, and really applying myself, I thought writers sat down and wrote for a couple of hours in the morning and that was it.
However, the publishing industry has changed so drastically over the past year or two, that I think everyone is struggling with how to get it all done.
I think for me, I was unprepared for any type of success – at least not so soon. It caught me off guard.
You have a marvelous career and I'm sure you're enjoying your break! I appreciate you spending part of your day with me! Thank you!
Hi Kathy– I loved your post on balance. Sometimes, I find there is none at all. I'm not under contract now, but spending my time promoting my books and STILL it takes all day. There is always something to do, isn't there? I have to say I love Twitter, Facebook is okay (they are always messing with it) and I love connecting with my chapter mates and readers. But it consumes a lot of my time.
Yes, we all need balance. When I'm on deadline, I write in the morning, then do edits, and write blogs at night to post the next day. I still haven't found all the balance I need, but I'm taking a little break now from 12 years of deadlines.
Good luck on the book. I'm enjoying it so much!!
See? This is exactly what I'm talking about. How are we supposed to get any writing done?
Just when you think you've cleared away the time, some other 'more important' thing comes up. And truly, most of the time, they ARE more important. Otherwise I procrastinate 🙂
Thanks for your kind words about A Dozen Deadly Roses. I'm so glad you liked it. Thank you for coming by.
Lol! No, doing things half way isn't in my nature.
Consider yourself booked for a lunch.
I'm with you about the seesaw.
Thanks for your nice words on the book. I appreciate you coming by and chatting!
Thanks to your blog Kathy and your post about the Nookbook list I read your book this week and couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next one –Glad you're on you revision–LOL
I agree about balance this morning I went to write and wound up critiquing a story for one of my buddies–now I'll write–oops–hubby just called need to bring a tool to the job–LOL
Well…all I can say is you don't do anything half way! Great post, and a reminder to all writers that unless we write, there isn't anything for anyone to read!
I often find myself on the up end of the seesaw wondering how the heck I'm going to get down!
As soon as I get back to SoCal we'll go to lunch and see if we can get the seesaw evened out a little.
And – no surprise to me your book made the lists!!
I love the site too. For those of you in the OC, if you're a writer and haven't found OCC RWA check them out! Fabulous group!
Thanks for the kudos on the book. Everything I do, I try to do well. As for passion in my career, I DID meet my husband at work…but I suspect that's not what you meant. 😉
It was a little strange when I was writing the book to think about co-workers reading the book…but I got over it!
Thanks for stopping by to visit me.
Such a pretty site, sitting here looking like an old-fashioned orange-crate label.
Kathy–I think a big reason for the success of your book is that it's a great read. No faking that. You must have put that same passion into your writing "work" as you did into your police career.
Much continued success to you! I hope plenty of cops get to read your book, too!
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