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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Insecure Writer’s Group: Worry

InsecureWritersSupportGroupCan you believe its another first Wednesday of another month? Holy Schmoly! We’re barreling right into fall. Where did the summer go?

Anyway, the first Wednesday of the month is Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer’s Group where we writer’s help lift each others’ pens and fingers up so we can continue to write our little hearts out. And where we give huggy-hugs and encouragement to one another when one of us is feeling a little off kilter about our writing abilities.

And today I’m feeling a little off. I’m overwhelmed to be honest. Secondhand Shoes will be out real soon and I worry about the small list of things yet to do.

Right now I’m working on finishing the proofread. But I have yet to perfect the blurb. I think I’m about there. And I have to write a dedication, a memoriam, and acknowledgment page. When I think about all that still needs to be down I get anxiety and heart palpitations. Writing a novel…just the novel never gives me these irritating feelings. Why does everything else?

Monday, I received my copyright letter. And last week I was freaking out because I couldn’t find my username and password to my Library of Congress account.  Schwoo! Its strange how things work out. I wished I could remember this an not worry, but…

Oh my God, I worry that something will happen to my MS when its transposed into HTML.

I worry that I’m too much of a moron to download it to Amazon and Create Space.

Once its out there, I worry that no one will like it.

I keep telling myself, once I get through each step all will be well.

Hopefully, I won’t get another three day migraine. This past Sunday, one came knocking at my forehead. It made itself all nice and comfy around my right eye, squeezing the sight out of it. Fat ole, mean ole migraine. I spent yesterday nursing my head and eye back to normalcy. This unwelcome visitor-which comes frequently-messes up my to do list big time. That worries me.

Anyway, next Friday, September 12th, I’ll be doing another cover reveal. I’ll be doing two drawings for 10 dollar Amazon cards for those who would like to help with the reveal. If anyone is interested, please say so in the comment boxes.

Also, if anyone is interested in reading a story ARC please say so. I’ll be glad to e-mail one to you.

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E.J. Wesley is having a a Blogfest and Giveaway over at The Open Vein. This will end October 19th.

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Gwen Gardner and Pal are having a Blogtour starting October 8th through the 31st. Anyone interested, PLEASE CLICK HERE

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Misty Provencher is getting ready to release her second book, KeyStone. Go check her out HERE

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So don’t worry all-easier said than done- be happy! And don’t answer the door if Mr. Migraine comes knocking.

Hugs and chocolate,

Shelly

26 comments:

  1. One step at a time! Just look at the next thing in front of you. It will be all right.

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  2. I feel your rush at the moment! You'll get it done :)

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  3. I agree, take it one step at a time. It is a lot of details to manage though.

    I get migraines too. They are much worse when I eat chocolate, even a tiny bit.

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    1. I love chocolate that can't be the reason for a migraine.

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  4. Just try to separate the real deadlines from the self-imposed ones. Most of what we worry about are things only we can control. If that's the case, you'll get it done as you can. You've waited and worked a long time at this, and an extra day or two in the process to make sure it turns out the way you want is worth it.

    In the end, the people who will be thrilled for you and with you (like THIS guy) aren't watching clocks and calendars. We're just cheering you on. :-)

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  5. I worry all the time about everything. My friends always tell me not to worry about X, Y and Z but putting a book out in the world is a huge deal and I think I'd be more worried if I didn't worry.

    I have a Friday Feature segment on my blog. If you'd like, you can reveal the cover on my blog on the 12th.

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    1. Oh M.J., thank you. I'll send the info to you by Friday this week.

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  6. Glad you're on your way back to normalcy. :) I've been trying for normalcy for eons.

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    1. Evie:

      I hope you don't get migraines.

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  7. I certainly understand the worry - you seem to be a perfectionist. Just remember that no one will die if you get it wrong, and I'm sure many, many other writers have had the same problems and they managed to fix it in the end.
    Good luck in all your do and I hope your migraines stay away. :-)

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    1. Thank you much, Lexa. I am a perfectionist when it comes to the writing not much else...except for hair cuts. I don't want anyone leaving my chair looking like a freak.

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  8. There are a lot of steps to preparing a book. I burst out laughing at the losing the passcode part, because I have done that so many times. My list of passcodes is now four pages long.

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    1. And I can't believe I did that. I think Sweetman had a hand in tossing it out. But I got my letter.

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  9. I'm sorry to hear about the migraine. :(

    Good luck with your book release. It sounds like you've got a lot of stuff coming at you all at once--I'm sure you'll get through it, though!

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  10. Having had already read the book for you, I know there's a minimal amount of fixes to be made. You'll have a review out of me when the time comes.

    Like you, I've still got a few small things to do before I'm good to go with it. Never enough time, it seems...

    Take it easy; migraines are hard to cope with.

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    1. Sir Wills, I know and I thank you so much. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to you. Warm ones.

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  11. I so want to read it but I'm snowed under at the moment. I won't be able to get to it until at least the end of November... maybe later. Eek!

    I hope you don't get anymore migraines. Those things are downright horrible! Despite your worries you sound organised, even if there does seem like a lot to do. I'm sure you'll do fine :)

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    1. I know about the being snowed under. I think I stay this way now.

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  12. Shelly - Best of luck with everything. I know you'll do well!

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  13. Try to think of your worry as prudence. That works for me- sometimes! Hang in there, it'll all turn out wonderfully.

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  14. I understand you. It is a lot more unnerving getting all the details done that writing itself, but take a deep breath and work on the task at hand. Just like you wrote one word at a time and it grew into a whole novel, you think only on the one detail you are currently working. Get that done and move to the next. If I think I currently have 7000 words of a ms that has to become 60,000, I get overwhelmed. So, don't think of the million more things you have to do, just keep going.

    Good luck on your launching!

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