(A James Thomas Novel #1)
He should walk away. She doesn’t want him to. But she doesn’t know him, she doesn’t even know his real name…
(A James Thomas Novel #2)
Secrets are revealed. Lives are forever changed. James Thomas is fighting to protect those he loves, but he could never predict what happens next…
(A James Thomas Novel #3)
James dug up the body and brought it home. But, the dead man is not who he thought it was…
(A James Thomas Novel #4)
Sarquis’ portraits changed everything. James Thomas has the identity of the man hunting him, but there’s one problem…
(A James Thomas Novel #5)
A code. A cult. A kidnapping. James Thomas is playing a deadly game of chess, but not everyone will survive…
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(A James Thomas Novella)
New identities. New lives. They thought they were safe in Tokyo, but they were wrong…
The Secrets of Their Souls
(The Soul Series Book #1)
Zahra Foster is good at keeping secrets…
The Ghosts of Their Pasts
(The Soul Series Book #2)
Blood will be shed. Lives will be destroyed…
The Blood of Their Sins
(The Soul Series Book #3)
Some secrets aren’t mean to stay buried forever…
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I don’t believe in balance. It’s a bold statement, but it’s my truth.
I’ve been chasing it for years, trying desperately to grab it with both hands and hold it tight. But, after what has been a long chase, I’ve come to the conclusion that balance is just a loaded term we throw around—it doesn’t really exist, at least not in the way we think it should.
Every day cannot be balanced—life just doesn’t work that way. I do believe, however, that over the course of a few months we can find some form of balance between family life, our careers, and the many other projects we commit to.
But, in any given week, one of those aforementioned will demand us more heavily than another—and that’s okay.
For example, right now I’m on the home straight of writing the second book of the James Thomas series, and my life has no balance. Zero. For majority of the long weekend I’ve been sitting at my computer because the impending deadline has demanded it. But, once the novel is done and I’ve forwarded it to my editor, I’ll have time to catch up on everything that I’ve been pushing aside. I’ll have time to have a coffee with my girlfriends, and spend a Sunday afternoon reading a book (maybe!).
Rather than trying to achieve balance every day, my goal is now to achieve balance within a three-month period. And at just the thought of that, I already feel less stressed.
Have a great week! Bx
I faced perfectionism head on this week.
Recently I had a genius idea: I wanted to create a few virtual book reading videos as a means to say thank you to my readers for their incredible support.
This idea seemed brilliant at the time. Brilliant! However, the more I thought about it, the more I wasn’t sure how to birth it from an idea to an actual video series.
Insecurity crept in. As did perfectionism.
My film making experience is limited to creating home videos of my furry children—not producing social media content.
What about lighting? And background? And sound quality? I started to research these things and felt totally overwhelmed, followed by discouraged. I pondered over the idea, almost scrapping it, because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to create the beautiful video series I had in my mind. And if I couldn’t produce something high quality, what was the point?
And then I remembered the entire point of the idea was just to give something back to my readers. It didn’t have to be perfect, it just had to be decent. Sometimes, good enough is actually good enough.
So, with a renewed enthusiasm, I set to work creating my very technical video stage. I sat at the desk in our home library, stacked two boxes on the desk, sat my propped up iPhone atop of those boxes, and pressed record
It worked! I managed to produce three decent videos. The natural lighting isn’t great, but it’s fine. The sound quality is actually better than I thought it would be. And the only editing I did was to trim the start and finish of the videos (when I’m turning the camera on and off). And that’s it. Not technical, not perfect—but done.
And the more I think about it, the happier I am with the videos because they’re real and they reflect this writing journey. Yes I use professional editors, proofreaders, book formatters, and cover designers (which are all freelance). But, otherwise there is one girl behind this publishing house—and that’s me. This isn’t a multi-person production with a glamorous office and surplus funds. It’s a one-girl show, but it’s real, just like these videos.
The videos are playing now on my Facebook page—you can watch them here.
It’s a game. A mindset game.
I’m currently writing the second book in the James Thomas series and it’s surprisingly hard.
I can’t find the right words. I’m having trouble getting the plot out of my mind and onto paper (or in this case, my Word doc.). And it’s just not flowing how it usually is.
This is part of writing—I know it is—but it doesn’t make it any easier. I’m frustrated, and I feel blocked. But, surprisingly, I’m still excited about this book—I just wish a fairy would come in and write it for me overnight!
Yesterday as I was brainstorming and trying to get all of my random thoughts about this book onto actual paper (I find it helps to physically write things down when I’m stuck), I realized that the problem is me. I need to change how I’m looking at this. I need to change my mindset.
Instead of letting the frustration get me down, I need to get excited by the challenge this book is presenting. And the best thing about a challenge—at least for me—is that it usually forces me to dig deeper and pull out my best effort.
Therefore, this morning post a good sleep, I’m ready to face the challenge head on and tackle this book. Destroy it even. Wish me luck!
I’ve been writing offline this past week as an experiment. As part of this writing challenge, I’ve committed to writing something every day for 365 days. And so far I’ve succeeded (excluding this one failure you can read about here). But this week I wanted to journal privately instead of posting my rambling thoughts publicly. The purpose was to write completely unedited, without concern of criticism and grammar and the other technical aspects of writing.
And the result was: I really enjoyed it, and it was liberating.
So, going forward, I’m going to journal, but post some of these thoughts weekly to share with you. On that note, I’m off to journal now so have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend!