May 22, 2015
It is very rare for me not to have my post scheduled to go up at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time. Even rarer for me not to have a topic to post about. I started this without a title!!! After skimming back over four years of posts that I’ve made here, considering things I could write about. Haven’t come up with anything. So I’ll take a page out of my fellow bloggers’ books and just see where this takes me!
May is usually my favorite month, even though it’s often one of my most stressful months. I remember having killer deadlines with 10-page editorial letters driving my desperation. This year my stress was because of yet another job change. My freelance work exploded again, and I decided to quit my day job, because I constantly felt I was giving everything short shrift. My last day was last Wednesday, though I went in this Wednesday to cover for someone who took the day off, and I’m going in next Tuesday, too. But that’s it. So I’ll be at home, freelancing full time and fitting the writing in around it. Which is great. Except for worrying about finances and being told that you’re not doing your job well a week after you put everything on the line for that job… The stress might not be going away as quickly as I’d hoped.
But May did have the real advent of spring, Mother’s Day, my kid coming home for the summer, Full Fusion finaling in TWO contests, and my annual retreat. Retreat was low-key this year since we only had 10 people. Several went to RT, there were a couple of $ casualties from our usual group, and the retreat chair’s mother died unexpectedly the night before retreat. But we all made great progress and had fun, and it was nice to all fit at one table at meals. I finished editing a book that I’m reissuing soon, prepped three books for publication, and wrote 10,000 words on Shadow Mission, the sequel to my YA adventure, Full Fusion. Now I just need to try to exert that momentum, because it disappeared as soon as I returned to the real world.
Speaking of reissues… It’s funny how things come together. Many authors have charitable initiatives…they participate in anthologies that have the proceeds go to charity, or they donate royalties or books to great causes, or contribute their well-known names and time to build awareness. I’ve wanted to do something like that for a long time. I’ve also been planning to reissue my contemporary romance trilogy since I got the rights back. Both had been waiting their turn on the back burner.
Then, in March, my stepmother died. She went two months from diagnosis of pancreatic cancer to passing. Which was eerily like my mother, who went two months from being told she had metastatic breast cancer in her liver, bones, and probably brain to dying on my brother’s birthday. Both of them benefited from hospice care in their last days. Those caregivers were a comfort and a huge logistical support. And so I decided to donate all my future author income from the sale of Kira’s Best Friend to Baystate VNA and Hospice via the Baystate Health Foundation and to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, in the names of TJ Miller and Patty Jacobus. The cool thing is that Kira’s Best Friend starts with a cancer scare, which makes it an ideal vehicle for the fundraising, and I made the decision before Patty died so she knew I was going to do it.