Deadline hangover

I have “deadline hangover” which basically means I’m creatively spent and having trouble stringing complete sentences together.

But I’m thrilled to report that I’ve sent my new book, One Woman’s Junk to my developmental story editor!

I’ll be explaining more about why these items were important to my creative process as we get closer to the release date.

 

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With any luck, this first book in my Psychic Consignment Mystery series, featuring the Concordia sisters, will be released in August.

The rest of the series is already sketched out, but the next book I write will be Hitwoman 21.

But first I’m taking a couple of days off. I’m going to indulge in the reward of watching the adaptation of GOOD OMENS.  I love the book and I’ve only heard good things about the show.

 

 

Perfection? Pffffttt!!!!

I recently completed a month-long challenge to try to learn to draw.

I knew I wasn’t going to be good at it, but I figured I’d give it a try since I thought that thinking differently would be good for my brain.

I felt compelled to share my efforts daily on Instagram — like the universe was pretty much screaming, “Put it out there!” kind of compelled.

 

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I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to “put it out there” when I know I’m going to fail. It’s uncomfortable. It’s embarrassing.

But one of the things I dislike about social media is the way people only show the best sides of themselves, so I followed the calling and put 30 days worth of sketches out there.

I’d love to tell you that I became a great artist. That didn’t happen and I don’t know that any amount of practice could help me become one. My brain just doesn’t work that way.

What did happen though, was that I became a less judgmental of myself. I found it easier to focus on the process, rather than the end result.

I’ve really used that lesson as I developed my new Psychic Consignment Mystery series. I did what “felt fun” rather than worrying about what the “shoulds” were.

I can’t wait for you to read it!  Make sure to sign up for my newsletter to find out when it comes out.

In the meantime, if you need a good laugh feel free to check out my sketches on Instagram.

 

New month, new book, new series

Last month I focused on telling you about my writing retreat. This month, I’m going to tell you about the new series I’m working on.

This new series has been in the works for a couple of years.

Yes, you read that right. YEARS.

I initially conceived of it in 2016, but it didn’t “feel right” at the time. It took me quite a while to figure out exactly what I wanted it to be about. Then it took a while to develop the characters. Finally I got to the point where I plotted out the arc of the three book series. (I’ve sketched out another three books, but there’s no guarantee I’ll ever write those.)

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So now I’m working on ONE WOMAN’S JUNK which is Book 1 in the Psychic Consignment Mystery series.

Stay tuned this month and I’ll tell you about the new method of writing I’m trying out as I write this book, how it’s coming along, and I may share a snippet or two of the manuscript.

And for those that are going to ask — Yes, I WILL continue to write more books in the Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman series.   🙂

 

The Hitwoman’s Juggling Act is here!

THE HITWOMAN’S JUGGLING ACT is available for download and I’m so excited that everyone gets to check out Maggie’s latest adventure!

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You know things are out of hand in Maggie Lee’s world when the least of her problems is tripping over a body.

Her family has lost their home.
Her friend, Armani, has lost her psychic mojo.
And Maggie’s in danger of losing custody of her niece.

Making matters even worse is she can’t refuse the latest job from her mobster boss. Not to mention she must team up with her murder mentor, Patrick Mulligan, and that’s….complicated.

Innocents are at risk, lives are in danger, and a family secret could change everything.

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Ideas are like wildflowers…or weeds

If something blooms, chances are I love it.  Doesn’t matter if it’s a bush, a tree, a flower, or a weed.

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While on my writing retreat in North Carolina, I got to see a lot of wildflowers (or weeds…who cares?!?) as I hiked.

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I didn’t know when they’d show up on my trail, but I delighted in every time they did.

 

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I didn’t make any effort to identify them, I just enjoyed their beauty and cheeriness.

 

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Little bursts of color reminded me of ideas and the little bursts of inspiration they provide.

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You never know what’s going to show up next!

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Solo trips…Pros and Cons

I’ve given up on having someone to travel with,  so this writing retreat was my second solo trip…though this one wasn’t technically solo, since I brought my dog.

A lot of women have told me they’d never be “brave enough” to travel alone. I tell them to connect with their inner badass and give it a try!

The big plus to traveling solo is that I get to do exactly what I want, when I want. My schedule, my interests, all the time.

So for example, I loved this view and spent a good ten minutes just standing and staring at it. It’s not exciting and isn’t on any “must see” list. I just liked it.

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The big minuses to traveling solo are safety concerns.

Taking a road trip alone with a dog provides some logistical hurdles…like I had to leave her alone in the car while I ran into places to use the restroom.

Then there are just the safety issues of being a woman traveling alone.

But by far, the most frustrating problem I faced was on the hiking trails.  I like to go off the beaten path, but that’s not the smartest idea for ANYONE hiking alone.

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If you sprain an ankle or take a tumble when you’re alone, it’s a lot easier to get back to your car if you have the help of a hiking partner.

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Plus, if something did happen, no one would miss me for days. (Especially when you consider a lot of the time I didn’t have a cell signal.)

I didn’t let this stop me, but I did move slower and more deliberately.  (And I’ll be honest, things were more complicated with the dog. More than once I ended up in a stream because I lost my balance as she tugged on the leash.)

I avoided some spots altogether if I determined the footing looked too unsafe.

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Obviously I survived, and you can too!!