Hey family, friends, and fans!
I’ve decided to start a new blog series that I will update every once in a while called “Life Updates.” Creative, I know. But it most succinctly captures everything I’m planning on telling you in these posts.
This year I planned to post to my blog weekly. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Mental health issues got in the way, and I probably shouldn’t share the specifics, but when you’re in a 24-hour battle with your mind, it’s overwhelming to just get out of bed and do the things you need to do each day. Much less keeping up with writing goals and promises.
Mental health is something I have struggled with my entire life, but especially in the last eight years. It’s frustrating because I’m the only thing holding myself back from great successes, and I can’t win this battle because it’s a battle with myself. I don’t even know where to begin in order to fight back.
But I digress.
Mental health is the biggest player in why I haven’t written in a long while, or kept up with my newsletters, or any of the things I promised myself I would do for you, my readers.
You guys keep me going, coming back to my writing again and again. Your support means the world to me.
So that’s why I was blown away by the support on twitter when I participated in a pitch contest, just for the sake of seeing if I could and if I would get any bites. I posted four tweets about two different WIPs for #carinapitch, a romance press with Harlequin.
I didn’t get any bites, but I’m proud I did it. In case you wanted to see what I was working on, here are those tweets:
The mermaid prince committed a crime: he let a human know of merpeople’s existence by saving her life and bringing her down to the underwater kingdom. Now he has three weeks to make her fall in love with him, or face execution at the hands of his uncle, the king.This is for my completed WIP Poseidon’s Pearl that just needs editing and to go through Write of Passion’s editing and publishing process before being published.
A legend in the pack foretells that a Siren will get revenge by killing the first human mate of the Alpha in 1,000 years. So when Flynn finds out he is mated to an observant human who may or may not be trustworthy, he must figure out whether it’s love or lies.This is for my WIP that I am still writing called Betrayal. I’m only 30k words in and most of those I got a few years ago before I abandoned the project for a new, shinier idea, but I am getting back to it and I can’t wait to share it all with you.
I got a lot of retweets and some other people even said they thought my pitch was awesome! So thank you, all of you, for your support.
In case you want to follow me on twittter for more updates and interactions, I am @HayleyGAuthor. This also works for Facebook and Instagram, though I am not very active on either of those platforms right now.
That’s another goal of mine: to be more active and interactive on social media with all of you.
I guess we’re talking about goals, now, so I may as well lay mine out for all to see:
- Write a blog post at least once per week
- Be more interactive with you guys on social media (Facebook and Twitter to start. I’ll add in Instagram later.)
- Write every day
- Read every day
- Set deadlines for my writing
- Set deadlines for Write of Passion’s editing and publishing process
- Make Write of Passion into a blogging site for writing advice and book reviews
- Publish Poseidon’s Pearl sometime within the next year
I think that’s enough goals to work on for now.
Well, this has been a rollercoaster of a post. From lamenting my mental illness to the excitement and highs of a pitch contest, to goals. I’m a bit all over the place.
Thank you for sticking with me. Your support means everything.