I really do
believe this is the longest I’ve ever gone without updating my Blog.It’s also possibly the longest I’ve gone
without getting much writing in…at all.It’s not a feeling I like very much and I completely look forward to the
month of August when things will get back to normal.
Even so, I
have to say the month of July has been an experience.Not only did I take part in a 5-day event
where I promoted my name, my book and the soon-to-be published second book in
the series, I was also able to go on a family road trip for the first time in
much too long.I really needed a
vacation but if you know me and the way our family takes vacations, I usually
need a vacation after the vacation because we never have figured out how to
actually rest while on our family trips.
Playing in Lake Pend Oreille
each their own.Maybe our next vacation
will include a relaxing week on the beach (but honestly, after two days, I’d be
ready to take off for some real sightseeing!).
It’s hard to
believe almost two weeks have gone by since I was anxiously preparing for
Lakefair, as I wondered how the week would go, worried about whether I had
enough books or if I had too many, concerned whether I had enough flyers and
bookmarks to hand out over the whole 5-day period, preoccupied with how much
time I’d be taking off work (not only for Lakefair but also due to vacation)…and
trying my best to stay optimistic rather than let the pessimism take
And that’s a
really hard thing to do.
I had my husband with me the whole time.He was the positive force which struck down any negative thoughts and he
stayed with me during the whole event.He’s the best salesman anyone could ever hope to have and because he’s
my biggest fan, he’s even that much better.There’s something about writers…we can be social but overall, I think we’d
prefer to hide behind our books, our computer, our thoughts and our imagination.We’d much prefer to let someone else talk about
us, promote us, and encourage others to take a chance on us.
So how would
I describe the results of the event?
overall, a good experience.What I did
learn was that there is no easy way to prepare for this sort of event.It can go really well, it can be somewhat
successful or it can be a complete flop.There really is no way to know so you have to hope for the best and
prepare for the worst.For me, I’d say
it was right between really well and somewhat successful but I’m still watching
the results from the aftermath…as readers buy my paperback or the eBook on line
and as I watch my author ranking fluctuate on Amazon.It is an amazing thing to see when something
you did causes the Amazon author ranking graph to suddenly shoot upwards from
where it was only two days before.
else I really hadn’t been prepared for was how much fun it was going to be to
take part in this sort of event with other vendors.These vendors are in the same situation, only
with different products, but they are your neighbors for at least 9 to 10 hours
a day, five days straight.It’s hard not
to form at least some sort of temporary bond during the time you’re all working
so hard to make the event a positive experience.
treat were all the dogs…wow! I’m not
sure I’ve seen so many different kinds of dogs.It only made me miss my own.
what I especially enjoyed was how much fun it was to meet so many terrific
people.They would stop by to chat, ask
questions and even share a few laughs.There weren’t many who didn’t buy a book (if they didn’t already have
one) before moving on which, of course, I thoroughly loved.In return, they all gave me great
conversation, a smile or a laugh and it made each day that much better.
That’s all I
can share right now without writing a book but I’ll be back in a few days to
share more about some of the people I met during the event, along with a few
tidbits and stories I’d like to share…including the good, the bad and the amusing.
now the end of Day 2 of the Lakefair event.I’m beat, I won’t lie.Yesterday
was a so-so day, with a light turnout for all the booths, not just mine.The weather was also kind of crappy, with
clouds that refused to leave us until late afternoon and a wind that just didn’t
seem to want to ever go away.
much better.There were more people and
the clouds broke almost right after we were ready for customers.It got warm very quickly and we were soon
wishing for any sort of breeze to hit us from over the lake!
This is the
view over the lake from where our tent is set up, before the clouds finally broke.
forward to an even better day tomorrow and Saturday should be a great turnout
as well.We’ve met so many great people
just in the past two days.I really look
forward to meeting many more.
off to bed.Here’s a shot of my dogs
(the third is up towards the top, blending in with the shadows but you can see those glowing eyes) after whatever
mischief they got into all day has made them all very tired.
This photo is a good portrayal of just how tired I feel right now. So it's time for a good nights’
rest so we can take on another day at Lakefair!
completely dark, but dusk-like, at least.The next few weeks my posts will be limited on content, not on schedule
or completely absent all together.With
a 5-day book event coming up this week and other plans soon afterwards which
will take up much of my free time, there will be little time to make room for
So I want to
apologize beforehand for the fact that my schedule will be totally up in the
air for a while.
I began the crazy schedule as a full-time working mother and writer, summer was
always a pretty busy time of year for me.I’ve only removed the hustle and bustle of a high school sports schedule
from my agenda and added the never-ending task list involved with writing and
marketing my books.I can’t imagine how
I could have begun writing at all if I was still planning my evenings and
weekends around a football or basketball game schedule, booster club meetings
or fundraiser events.
there are always seasons when we’re busier than others.It just helps when you’re able to make concessions
in order to avoid burnout.
concession to avoid that burnout is not to stress about my blog posts.I’ll be updating my Facebook page when I can
about how the Lakefair event is going this coming week.I’ll also add photos here on my Blog if I’m
able.Either way, I’ll check in when I find
the time but for those who are local, don’t forget to stop by to see me at my booth
during Lakefair.I’ll be selling signed
copies ofNo Mother of Mine at
Lakefair while promoting the second book in the series, Best Kept Secrets, due out later this summer.If you’re looking for an excerpt of the
second book in the series, hang tight.I’m
doing my best to make one available but it’s not likely to be ready for the
Lakefair event.If you don’t hold that
against me, and even if you already have a copy of my first book, swing by to
say hello.I’d love the company.
upcoming event is Lakefair in downtown Olympia on Water Street from July 17th
through July 21st. Enjoy yourself as you
wander about, snack on an elephant ear and discover the various arts and crafts
on display.The weather is going to be
gorgeous so we’re looking forward to a good turnout.
I’ve had one
of those weeks again.You know the kind;
they tend to keep you so busy you can forget yourself when it comes to routine
yesterday was Wednesday...which is why I also forgot to update my Blog.Or maybe I didn’t forget it
was Wednesday, but updating my Blog was really the last thing on my mind.
Not only has
this been a busy week at work, as I try to prepare myself for the days I’ll be
taking off for the Capital Lakefair event next week, it’s also been busy because I’ve been preparing for
Lakefair.On top of that, my week was
cut short because I spent the day with my husband as he underwent surgery
today. So…last night my mind was no
longer on work and no longer on writing but instead was entirely focused on
what needed to be done to prepare for today.
winding down from a long day spent in the waiting room, in the recovery room,
and then running around town to pick up items needed for the next few days before
I was finally able to get my husband home for some much needed rest.As he sleeps off his exhaustion and lets his
body begin to heal, I’m forcing myself to focus on writing so I don’t
completely pass out and become useless when he wakes and might need me.
admit when I take even a fraction of a moment to think about what I want to
say, I find myself drifting off into la-la land.
Z Z Z Z Z Z Z
Yes, I do
feel as if I could fall asleep right on top of my keyboard.
I’ll be back
again this weekend…I think it’s time to admit defeat and take that nap after
for an opening?Do you wonder why I
wouldn’t want to love my job?
recently, I hadn’t realized that liking my job vs. loving it would even be an
issue.There are many authors who work
while they try to write…it’s just par for the course.Until you can make a living doing what you love
to do (or win the lottery, whichever comes first), you have to make a living
doing what pays the bills (and covers your health insurance). But what
happens when you forget about why you got that job in the first place? What happens
when so many factors seem to pull you away from what you love to do?
you become immune to the initial idea of the original plan, you become equally
complacent in your role and you get comfortable with what you know.
there, is where the problem lies.
came into play when I had to make a career change and decide to work for
someone else rather than myself.It’s
not a decision I especially wanted to make but it was necessary at the time.It’s not a decision I can regret making but recently
I’ve realized it’s also one I can’t become comfortable with.
When I get
comfortable, I resist change.When I get
complacent, I ignore the fact that there are other fulfilling possibilities out
I don’t want
to get comfortable.I don’t wish to
Due to this,
I’ve discovered I also don’t want to love my job.I want to like it and the people I work with
but I can’t become satisfied to the point that I forget I have dreams to realize,
I have goals to reach and I have so much more to do in this life than plod away
at an 8 to 5 job (whatever happened to the 9 to 5 job?).
As I said, initially
the idea of liking my job vs. loving it wasn’t a factor.It was just a job.I liked my job, most days, and I enjoyed the
people I work with, most of the time, but every long day kept me from what I
truly wanted to do.However, the past
few months the job has provided me with more satisfaction and less frustration
and when I thought about my future, it somehow involved more of the job than it
did my writing.
That is not
where my mind needs to be.
I have to
remember not to forget myself…my plans, my goals, my dreams.
keeping the job, of course.I’ll
continue to enjoy my job when I’m at work but I’ll leave it behind once I walk
out that door every day.The rest of
each day will be focused on those goals that will eventually help me move on
from the regular day job to something I can truly enjoy and call my own.
I’ll keep reminding myself that the day job can’t get in the way of the dream
holiday will soon come and go and with it the fun we shall have.It’s a reason to cut out of work early or
come in late afterwards.It’s a reason
to take an extra day off so the weekend is that much longer.And it’s an even better reason to spend with
friends and family.
make this a long weekend like most people probably did. I should have but I’m already taking enough time
off later this month so I’ll just take advantage of the fact that the holiday
gives me a free day from work.I did
leave work early today though; my excuse is that the computers at work were
down all day.Really, when you’re not
very productive, what’s the point in sticking around?
early means I got to enjoy time in the afternoon I don’t usually get to have to
myself and once I finish updating my Blog with this post, I get to spend a nice
evening with the love of my life.I see
a few winning games of cribbage in my future as we sit outside to enjoy the
rest of the day.A few wins under my
belt with a nice cold drink sounds like the perfect kind of evening.
forward to a day off from work, especially when the weather has been so perfect
lately. I expect to enjoy my day however
I see fit before we move on to enjoy the celebration of the holiday.
your plans are for the holiday (if in fact you are celebrating the U.S.
holiday), I hope you enjoy yourself and the time you get to spend with family