Week 10 – What is Balance? Life, Writing, and Video Games


Current projects

I thought last week was unproductive. That’s a laugh.

All right, to be fair, I did get quite a lot done this week. It was just outside of the two projects I have listed above.

A couple weeks ago, I talked about my brain being preoccupied with things I should optimize for my author platform. I tackled them pretty hard this week. I’ve gone like twenty books without getting serious about print and that’s just… don’t do that.

I didn’t properly plan for prints, and so I had to resize all of my covers and now I’m working on interiors. It’s been madness. It’s madness that needs to be taken care of before I release Queen of Werewolves. Starting with that book, eBook and paperback versions of my books will be available at the same time.

Yes, the majority of sales come from eBooks, but people like physical copies. I like physical copies. It’s important to have the option for readers. In the perfect world, audiobooks would be added to that “at release” thing I’m going for. But those are expensive and time-consuming on a different level, so rain check on that for the time being.

Queen of Werewolves will have audio following it soon after release or maybe at its release, though! So that’s exciting. Both the audiobook versions of Taken by Werewolves and Saving the Werewolves are out right now. They sound awesome. Love my narrators. <3

Anyway, I have to admit that I’ve slacked off a bit with work this week. There’s this thing called balance that I have a very hard time with. I’m all in or I’m checked out. That seems to be how I roll.

Since the majority of work time went to making paperbacks this week, my word count is sad. Especially for Once Soulmates. Once Soulmates is a book I’m writing in my free time. I write adult paranormal romances full time and then random fantasy/magical-esque books whenever I can squeeze in time. That’s where Once Soulmates lands.

Sometimes I’d rather play video games than squeeze in more work time to write these kind of outside-my-brand books. Now, okay, that might be true sometimes when I’m tired. But I want to write these books. This is where that balance thing comes in. Yes, I can definitely take a day off here and there to play NieR:Automata and Skyrim, but I need to make steady progress or my for-fun books will never get finished.

(I don’t like calling them for-fun books… maybe free-time books… Yeah. ALL OF MY BOOKS ARE FUN.)

How bad do you want it? That’s what I had to ask myself when I had gone five days without writing a single word for Once Soulmates. And then I was able to get back on track. You can go on spurts of activity, but unless you are consistently working at something, even a half hour a day, you’re never going to see it finished. Not to mention the waste-of-time reviews you have to give yourself when you haven’t worked on a project for months. I don’t recommend that.

I recommend consistency.

Queen of Werewolves – The Lost Princess of Howling Sky Book 3

I hit 4,907 words for Queen of Werewolves this week. It’s a sad number. I know. But it’s still progress. You know what I was just saying about consistency and asking myself how bad I want something? Yep, applies here too of course.

I’ve had to take time away from this project, but I’m deadset on seeing it finished. I’ll carve out the time I need, even if I can’t spare much, and I’ll keep working at it.

Once Soulmates – These Immortal Vows Book 3

I hit 1,403 words for Once Soulmates this week. Small number, but I still showed up. That’s a win.

Conclusion

I played video games without feeling guilty about it, though! That’s a big win for me. I’m a workaholic, but that’s not healthy. Balance.

BALANCE.

I’m shouting it from the rooftops.

How was your week?

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