Welcome back! So much has gone on that I'm having a difficult time pinpointing where to start. Good thing it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day, brought to you by the brainchild of this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh. I'll get to what's been making me insecure later. There's something I'd like to say about last month's A to Z Challenge first.
A few things occurred that kept me from participating in the challenge more than I could. Even so, I visited a lot of new blogs, made some new connections, got new members, and spread the word for my novel in a way that didn't come off as a constant promotion. Some of you said something to that extent in the comments of my Z post. In truth, I just wanted to share in any way I could, and I thank Al Diaz again for making it happen. It's only fitting to officially end the challenge by giving Tina Downey's family a free copy of Woven. It's in the mail.
Congratulations to all who joined in the challenge. You deserve it!
Now to the Insecurities: I won't lie. April was rough. The A to Z Challenge was amazing, and I literally had some Woven or author related event every weekend, but I took more emotional and financial hits than I was prepared to take. But more than that, I hopped on the keyboard this morning to blog and realized, I'm not sure what I'm doing with this blog. And you would be surprised by how many ARC review requests I've received in the last month. Due to time, I turned down most of them. I'm facing the reality of being a published author, which, from my perspective, is far different than what I imagined as a teen. So long as it doesn't interfere with my work and family, writing has to take priority, meaning I must cut things so I have more time.
To see how it works, I'm cutting back on blogging--maybe two posts a month. I'd rather have something of quality for you than something thrown together to reach a quota. Something engaging to readers and writers than reviews, of which I am only doing blurbs for books now. Maybe then I'll know exactly what I want to do with this blog.
I'm in a period of transition. I thank you for your ongoing support.
Are transitions rough for you? What have you done to get over that slump? Did you participate in last month's A to Z Challenge?
I'm David, and this trailer for Ilima Todd's Remake is amazing!