So last week I posted about trying to learn to take more time for myself and to stop working such crazy hours between the day job and writing. I am still working on some writing on the weekends, though I am taking a good amount of time off on the weekend as well. So that is progress. Now I am trying not to work so many hours during the week. Now the day job has a set amount of hours, but I am trying to limit myself to 5-6 hours at night. Basically I am trying to knock off work by 11 at night and do something just for myself while I wait for the hubby to come home. Lately I am trying to read, I am in the process of re-reading It by Stephen King, and playing video games. Let's see if I can stick to this more realistic schedule and see if it help both my physical and mental health. I have a theory that lessening my writing time might make me more productive over all, so I am keeping track of all my writing work this month to see how I do. All I know is that this past year I have been working myself into the ground and I need to learn some balance. Wish me luck!
So I have not been as consistent with my yoga and exercise programs of late. Stress and life have been getting in my way and my health and sanity are suffering for it. So it's great that this month Yoga with Adriene offered this handy schedule to help me "Begin Again" as it says. So I am committing to 31 days of yoga this month. Yes I know that this is my third challenge for the month (drawlloween and writing a page a day being the other two), but I think that I can do it. By making some manageable goals I think it will only help to improve my life and make me more productive. Please feel free to join this or any of the challenges with me!
As I continue to take some self imposed pressure off myself on the writing front, yet keep myself challenged and writing, this month I am taking a fairly easy pledge to write one page each and every day. Sounds pretty easy and I expect it to be on most days, but we all have bad days and it could be a struggle every once in awhile. Still, I think that this is a good pledge, I don't have a certain amount of words to make, just one page. That is doable. If I write more than one page, great! If it takes me most of the night to get that one page done? Well I still hit my goal. I'm going to see if taking some word count pressure off myself helps ease some of the stress in my writing life. Let's see how it goes!
It's October so that means that I am participating in Drawlloween again this year! Each week I will have a wrap up of my sketches for the week. I love this time of year as it gives me a reason to do art each and every day. Sometimes I need a little push for my art practice and this is always just what I need. To make it even more fun, one and sometimes two of my friends tend to do this challenge with me. We provide each other with encouragement and accountability, plus it's awesome to just see what they draw. If you want to come along for the ride, here is the schedule, you can always catch up!
I tried this a couple weeks ago and sadly no one submitted questions, but I am nothing if not determined, so I thought that I would ask again. Do you have any questions that you have always wanted to ask an author? As this author in particular? Send me your writing and creative related questions and I will answer them on a blog or blogs next week!
Last week I finished the edits to A Whole New Life for Hot Tree Publishing, so I am happy to announce that I am now working hard on edits for The Rise of the Inquisitor! I plan on having this ready to release this November. My lovely editor Leona Bushman is going to help make this an extraordinary erotic novella.So I could not hold out on this cover any longer! You may have already got to see this early if you subscribe to my author newsletter. Stay tuned for a release date coming soon!
I also want to give a shout out to the cover artist for this book, Lillian Asterios. Please head over and check out her page at: http://rachelzellers.wixsite.com/lillianscovers/custom
I have a hard time taking time off, relaxing, and taking care of myself. This has been brought up to me by a couple different friends of late. Not only am I working five days a week at the day job, but I am also putting in about 60 hours in writing and art work. That means that it's all work and no play for Sheri. Sure every once in awhile I go to the movies with my husband, but I work before and after usually. And yeah I take some time to exercise and keep the house running, but I really don't take time for fun. This is something that I am going to work on for the rest of the year.
The problem is I don't really know what to do with myself when I'm not working. My husband and I work completely different schedules, so I am on my own a lot and without the car as he has it. That means I'm at home and working. I feel guilty when I don't work and I feel like I need to put in a full day of writing work even after working at the day job. This pace is starting to wear my already not so great health down. I need to take some breaks, but I truly don't know how. How can I just watch tv or play video games when I know there is writing I should do? I don't know.
I am however going to start trying to take the weekend mostly off. I will be running errands, cleaning my house, spending time with my husband and family. Maybe we will see more movies, go hiking, go bowling, you know do stuff. Maybe that is what I need to focus on, doing stuff rather than writing and working all the time. After all, all work and no play makes Sheri a dull women and dull women have nothing to write about.
Wish me luck on learning to relax from time to time and also share tips on how you relax and fit it into your busy schedule below. I believe there is always so much that we can learn from each other.
I am so happy to announce that edits for my upcoming novella A Whole New Life are done! This book now moves to the next part of production at Hot Tree Publishing! I am so excited to see this book come out into the world. I have put a lot of hard work into this book and I think it is one of my best works yet!
Please head over and add it to your Goodreads page and keep a look out here on my blog and other social medias for further announcements on this project, including the exciting cover reveal!
I am working hard on some watercolor paintings for an upcoming Halloween art show at the OT Circus Art Gallery here in Albuquerque. I am so excited to be part of this show and here is a peak at 3 of the 5 pieces that I might be taking to this show. You can get more information on the event here:
As an author I am always studying and trying to improve my craft, which means each year I grab a copy of the Novel & Short Story Writers Market. It always has great articles in the front that help me learn and then I often find so many new markets for my writing. It's a great book for authors and I highly recommend it to others, but especially newer authors who might be looking for new or their first markets.
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