Dealing with one of Life’s Lemons

The old saying goes: “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

Well, life has handed me a lemon, but I prefer a more modern approach. “When life hands you lemons, stick them in your shirt and make your boobs look bigger.”

Unfortunately (or fortunately I suppose), I already have big(-ish) boobs, and I’m pretty sure lemons wouldn’t make them look any better. So what’s a gal to do when life hands her a lemon as big as the one I’ve been handed? I could stick it in my pants and pretend I’m a guy for a day, but I don’t think that’d solve the problem either.

I ramble on about lemons because life has thrown a big curve ball at me which has seriously deterred me from my writing. The company I work for has lost a major contract so, of course, that means downsizing. Me being one of the most recently hired, means I’m also the one most recently fired. Or let go. Whatever they call it.

So for the past week or so I’ve been job searching. In my downtime I’ve let off steam by playing video games. Just something to take my mind off of things, ya know? Writing requires a certain amount of concentration that I just can’t handle at the moment. So until I get back into the employment groove, I’m taking a break.

I’m starting to hate saying “I’m taking a break” because I’ve already been working on Soul Weaver for almost a year. Now it’s going to be even longer. Good thing I don’t do this for a living eh?


So for anyone who follows my blog, I’ll have more updates on Soul Weaver soon. I am incredibly close to finishing it and I still have a goal to be completely edited and heading towards publication before the end of the year. So that’s not changing. But for now, I have other things to focus on. Things like supporting my family with some sort of income. Life and its’ lemons….sheesh….I tell ya….




Break’s Over – I’m Motivated!

When WriMo was over, I was 115,805 words into Soul Weaver. When December was over I was 128,739 (minus 1,132 words for a quick edit.)

I had planned to finish the book in January. I only had about 3 chapters to write before I could finally type THE END. But I got burnt out again, and started pushing off my writing like I did after Camp.

Just when I was thinking of taking the month of January off (as a much needed break), someone from the NaNoWriMo forums finally replied to my character sketch request I posted back in November.

Needless to say, I’m overjoyed. Thrilled. Excited. And jumping for joy to see my main character come to life. It’s like seeing my own mental image jump out of my mind and onto my computer screen.

And now I’m motivated to finally finish Soul Weaver. I think break time is over. I think I’ll actually finish this thing in January like I had originally wanted to.

You guys can check it out here. This phenomenal artist goes by the name ~ hragon ~ on Tumblr and the WriMo forums.

Here is a link to the image. Go check it out. Send him some love. He’s made character sketches for other writers as well. He’s a great artist. I truly appreciate what he’s done with Ellie. I’ll definitely be printing this out and likely framing it. 

You can click the link or the image below to go to his page.


Ellie - Drawn by hragon. Fellow writer and phenomenal artist on Tumblr.

Ellie – Drawn by hragon. Fellow writer and phenomenal artist on Tumblr.