I’m Back!

8 Jan

01-8-2013 IM BACK

Hi Folks,

It’s been a couple of months since you’ve heard from me. I attempted my first NaNoWriMo in November, but only got to about four thousand words. To be honest, I became overwhelmed, stressed, and depressed.  I began looking at all of my efforts in a negative light.

Exhaustive participation on social media sites did not translate into book sales. I made many friendships with fellow authors for which I treasure, however; the time spent tweeting  and posting to Facebook had taken my imagination hostage. When I sat down to write, I had nothing. Nada. Zilch. This went on for weeks.

I decided to step away from it all for a bit. No Twitter; no Facebook; no writing; instead, I baked and cooked and read and hung out with my family and my animals. I spent a lot of time working outside in the fresh air, appreciating the antics of my three pet goats and the nine adorably funny Guinea Hens that have newly adopted my front yard as their home. I rested. I remembered how grateful I am for my life and the wonderful people and experiences that fill it.

My children’s story, LUCCI-The No Smoochie Poochie was published on Amazon exactly one year-ago today, and I also embarked on building my author platform, so I thought it fitted that I claim my imagination back on this special anniversary. I’m up on the horse!

I followed constructive criticism and am having some of the illustrations in LUCCI revised, and I opened my NaNo story and went to work on it this morning.

Now, I’m posting to my blog. Whoopee! I’m still scared as hell, but quitting is not an option!

Jeff Goins wrote a similar post about stepping away from it all. Try it; you’ll be surprised. The nicest surprise I received was knowing that there were folks out there still supporting me, although it was not reciprocated for a bit.

Thank you friends, see ya’ll on Twitter and Facebook pronto!

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25 Responses to “I’m Back!”

  1. Sherry January 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    It’s good to have you back. Sometimes I think we just try to do too much. Have to enjoy what you are doing and be sure to smell the roses, or goats, from time to time. LOL

    • Donna L. Sadd January 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

      Thanks Sherry. Oye, with the rains my girls are a mess, so I think I’ll stick to roses for a few days. :0)

    • Deb Dunn January 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

      Great to “meet” you, Donna! Thanks for checking out my blog today and leaving a comment. I love your open and honest look back on the journey you were on before January. Remember that everything is cyclical and you will find “home base” again! I’m very impressed that you picked up your Nano ms again! I did Nano for the first time – didn’t get much sleep, don’t know if the book is any good (still haven’t reread it), but was very happy to be writing every day. It gave me momentum and I hope you get yours back, too!

    • Donna L. Sadd January 31, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks so much for your kind comment Deb. I’m doing everything I can to get my momentum back this year, and that’s why I joined 12×12, and signed up for the critique group of six-ish, as you did. I’m happy to ‘meet’ you too and I look forward to learning and sharing together. :0)

  2. Gerri Bowen January 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Good to have you back, Donna! Trying to find a correlation between “doing” social media and increased book sales is like trying to find a correlation between shopping and coming down with a cold. It could happen. :) I only do it as long as I enjoy it, because it can quickly get out of hand. I agree with you about finding some wonderful new friends, though. Happy writing!

    • Donna L. Sadd January 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Thanks Gerri. Yes, it did get out of hand there for a bit, and I just needed to do a little prioritizing. Happy writing to you as well! :0)

  3. Robert "Sharky" Pruneda January 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Good to see you back, Donna! Keep your head up. Believe me, you aren’t alone when it comes to seeing the fruit of our labor. It’s all in the attitude. Whether our books sale or not, we can all agree that we are doing what we love and have made some wonderful friends through the process. Let’s take 2013 and make the best of it no matter what happens. Cheers!

    • Donna L. Sadd January 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      I’m with you Sharky; cheers to 2013! Can’t wait for the release. :0)

    • Robert "Sharky" Pruneda January 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

      Wait no longer. It’s up on Amazon now. :-)

    • Donna L. Sadd January 10, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Fabulous, I’ll download it right away! :0)

  4. Carlie M A Cullen January 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Hey Donna! Great to have you back – I’ve missed you! Just relax and let your Muse work his/her magic. You have lots of friends to support you – don’t be afraid to reach out! :-)

    • Donna L. Sadd January 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks Carlie I’ve missed you too. The funny thing is that I don’t have a muse. Do they just ‘show up’ one day? Boy, I sure could use one now! :0)

  5. candylittle January 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I have missed you!! I totally understand about not having anything to write. I have several projects I want to start but can’t seem to write anything.

    I hope you will get your creativity back!!

    • Donna L. Sadd January 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      Thanks Candy, I hope the sparks start flying for you too. :0)

  6. Shonnie January 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Welcome back Donna. I find that social media does sap the writing mojo out of ya. Best wishes for a great year. :D

    • Donna L. Sadd January 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      Thank you Shonnie and a great year to you too. :0)

    • Shonnie January 9, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      :) Thanks.

  7. Jemima Pett January 10, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    I love Gerri’s analogy there! I’ve been up and down on the question of sales. I have to remind myself why I write. Enough people are finding and liking my stories. I don’t plan on being a best -seller… I’m not even sure I’d like to be one! I think social media is important – ‘being there’, chatting to people like you/me, knowing we are all there together. But knowing someone is reading our stories is also important. So to the 50 people who bought my first book I would like to say a big THANK YOU!! Others have followed in your footsteps :)
    Reminder to self: schedule a holiday this year. :)

    • Donna L. Sadd January 10, 2013 at 8:32 am #

      I agree wholeheartedly Jemima. The problem was that I lost sight of goals, particularly the goal to complete more stories. My head’s screwed back on straight…I think! :0) Oh, thanks for alerting me to the children’s book reading challenge.

  8. fuonlyknew January 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Welcome back Donna! It’s a new year and new beginnings! Sometimes you need to step back and take a breather.

    • Donna L. Sadd January 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Thanks for popping in Laura; my popping out helped. Here’s to a great year for all of us! :0)

  9. James Garcia Jr January 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Hi, Donna. Happy New Year! Welcome back.
    I’m glad to hear quitting isn’t an option. If nothing else, that’s what we writers need – someone to talk us down from the proverbial ledge. ;)
    For me, I think I feel that I need to back away from the networking a bit more and concentrate on writing. Hopefully, it will end up being multiple titles which gets me noticed. We’ll see.
    In any event,it’s great to hear from you. Take care.

    -Jimmy

    • Donna L. Sadd January 11, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Happy New Year, it’s great to hear from you too Jimmy! It’s all a balancing act really, but I came away realizing that I wanted to juggle less and concentrate more on writing winning stories. :0)

  10. Denise Hisey January 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Great attitude!
    I’m glad to read you are opening your NaNo back up!
    I’ve got to get on mine, too. It needs a lot of editing!
    Congrats on your publication success!!

    • Donna L. Sadd January 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Thanks Denise; your “Donkey or Jack Ass” post was inspiring indeed! Good luck with the editing. :0)

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