THE END…is really the beginning.

It’s been a minute since I’ve last posted but big news! I just finished the first draft of my current WIP, SILENT NOISE. *And the crowd goes wild* or *Crickets* LOL. I’m not really sure if anyone else is here but me 🙂

It feels amazing to finally write those two little words. I’ve been working on this story for a while and it took a few twists and turns along the way until I figured out what I really wanted to say. I wish I could tell you I used the time during the pandemic to really plow through and finish it, but I didn’t. The lockdown locked me up both physically and artistically. 

I felt a lot of shame about that because I was seeing other people really using the time to take online classes and learn new things and zoom meeting….like all the frickin time. And well, I just kinda shut down for various reasons and that’s okay. If that happened to you, and you didn’t learn to speak 3 new languages or quilt a blanket or knit a sweater or paint a Picasso, I’m telling you it’s OK. You’re not a failure. You’re okay and I’m okay right where we are. Let that shame go. It’s lame and it’ll only hold you back from whatever wonderful thing the Universe has in store for you. Spending time in regret is a fool’s errand. You can not change the past. You can only live today and work towards a better tomorrow.

This is what my main character learns in this YA contemporary mystery with a touch of the paranormal because I like a little fantasy in what I write and what I read. It’s about a complicated relationship between a fifteen year old and her mother; substance abuse, chronic pain, murder and the life in between this one and the next. It’s about getting lost and finding your way back, love and forgiveness. 

I officially LOVE this book. I’m so grateful for the writing community on Twitter. Every time I would think, f**k it, I can’t finish this and no one cares any way. I’d read someone’s post or blog about how many times they’d been rejected and how they didn’t find an agent until they were 50, 60 or older. Thank you to all those in the writing community who so generously give advice and encouragement to those of us at the beginning of our publishing journey. 

So now what you ask? Again, maybe just crickets, but I’m gonna go with it. I’ve sent my MS out to several trusted critique pals for feedback. I step away from it for at least 6 weeks, I read the books on my to be read list, I make notes/start the next book. And I desperately try not to worry about what my people are thinking as they read my MS.

What are you up to? What do you need to get back to?

PEACE & LOVE

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