Sneaking back in with head hanging…

Now that I’ve lost all my blog readers…

If it makes you feel better, I could relate all the reasons I’ve been lax (okay, nonexistant!) in my blogging lately. I could mention the 2 weeks of bronchitis for me, the week of bronchitis for my hubby, followed by another week of illness for hubby (requiring doctor’s visits and CTs requiring wifely taxi service due to pain med use), which is finally just in the last day or so over with (followed by sighs of relief for a clean bill of health). I could mention that I’ve been in a slump, not so much with writing, but with writing-related things. I could mention promises made but not kept, and hard decisions I’ve had to make for my own sanity.

I could mention that I’m not doing much READING of blogs let alone writing them. Which is nearly as distressing to me as not keeping up with my own blogging.

I could tell you all this, and it probably wouldn’t help, would it? I actually have been writing, or rather I have been attempting to improve my writing. I’ve been immersing myself in learning some things I need to learn about writing. I’ve been studying some masters and giving more thought to my writing. I’ve created a branding plan for my career. Which WILL happen, despite how it may appear on any given day.

I’ve been holding my breath about my YA project, which is being reviewed by several editors right now. I’ve been beating my head against a wall about…other writing-related things.

This is a damn hard business. I knew that coming in. I know it’s not going to change. I keep telling myself I can handle it…and I can. But it would be a darn sight easier to handle if things were going better.

I do want to thank everyone who’s written to me about VENUS ENVY! You have no idea how wonderful it feels to a writer to have a reader show their appreciation. It’s amazing and humbling and inspiring all at the same time. Another way to show your appreciation is to tell your friends and family what a great book it was and ask them to go out and buy their own copy. Or buy copies for them as gifts! Publishers don’t buy second books without really good sales on the first. That’s a fact. So help me along!

I promise to sincerely try harder to post more often. I do. Really. Swear.

Thanks for hanging in here with me!

~ Shannon