Saturday, January 16, 2016

A New Habit

Walking Butterfly, coming soon!

So I guess what they say about it taking a month to create a new habit, is true. Here I sit early in the morning in my office while Hubs sleeps and the house is still dark. I don't need to be here this morning. 

For the last month or so I have been unable to sleep past 6am. I lie there and wait for the clock to move to a more decent hour for a work-at-home person to arise. But once I wake up, my mind begins buzzing with book stuff. Actually I went to sleep with book stuff on my mind and it kept me company all night pretty much. 

I've read about writers who recommend getting up extra early to create while the mind is fresh. But I resisted because I have more time than I know what to do with. I know that statement makes some of you crazy...it's not really a very fun way to live though. I am an empty-nester who works from home, sporadically. We need more income but this is what I do for now. 

Anyway, getting up early to write did not make sense to me until 2 months ago when I finally set a date to finish my book and self-publish it. So I gave in to the early morning nudges and popped out of bed every morning ready to wrap myself around a cup of coffee and write in my study while Layla watched from across the room.

It has been a great way to start the day! When Hubs brings in the coffee pot to give me a refill I feel so accomplished and proud of myself!

But this morning, I do not need to be in here. Last night I sent my book off to the person who will format it and get it ready to upload to Amazon whenever I want to. !!!!!! I sent my book-baby off to preschool! So scary and excited! 

This has been a 3 year project, with many seasons of ignoring the project. A lot has happened in our lives in the last 3 years so it is understandable that a silly little book idea might get set on a shelf for a bit. 

But I did it. I completed the book and if all goes well, it will be available in February. My month of LOVE, when I turn 61, celebrate my 38th wedding anniversary and now become an author!! 

I will keep you posted. You will probably get tired of it, but get ready to see my book cover everywhere you turn! Ha! 
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9 comments:

  1. Oh JOY JOY JOY!!! Your lovely book of love is being lovingly cared for and prepared for the world debut in February! I will be praying for you and your wonderful book each day...that God will be preparing every step of the way as it moves along the path to completion and presentation. We will be right here to celebrate with you on that grand day! Exciting news!!! Now relax and enjoy the ride. You deserve some rest and doing something fun!

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  2. Susie: I am proud of you! I wish you well with this book. I have the opposite problem; I can't sleep until the wee hours of the morning. It is something I go through this time of the year.

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    1. Thanks Celeste. Funny thing is that I do not sleep well at all if I go to bed too early. So I usually go to bed after midnight and wake up refreshed at 6 or so. Guess we just don't need as much sleep as we used to.

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  3. I'm happy for you! congrats. Age is just a number and as long as we have life we can continue to do new things and amaze ourselves.

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    1. Very true Nylse. With very little going on in my life right now, this book has been a God-send.

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  4. What made you choose self-publishing?

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    1. By the way, I'm totally going to get it!

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    2. Yay, glad to hear it Sandi! There is an interesting shift happening in publishing these days. Self-publishing is very popular and now equally accepted. Studies I've read show that the writer retains much more control and involvement in independent pubbing. Since so many purchase books through online sources now, it eliminates the need for a garage or warehouse full of books to sell. Amazon will print on demand so the middle is skipped and everyone wins.

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