Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I'm In A Good Place - An IWSG Post


For the love of Pete, it’s August already! Summer is just about over. That bums me out more than I care to admit. This is my favorite season because I’m an avid beach fan and I haven’t been there much at all this year. Between work, migraines, and the weather, it just hasn’t happened. I made a promise to myself a couple of weeks ago that I’d go at least once a week for the rest of the season, and then it stormed the next few days. What the heck?

That same day, I also promised myself I’d get back into the swing of writing too. I’m happy to say that that promise has gone much better. My health has taken a dip down lately so my writing has taken hit so I decided, you know what? Screw that nonsense, I can still squeeze in something on the days I’m feeling well and trying to catch up on my household stuff, right? Right!

So, that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been working on my second self-help book and even did a little bit of writing in a fictional book too. You guys were right last month. Working on something else has taken the focus off of Steps Along My Shore. I’m not obsessed with sales like I was last month. I check them when I’m online, but don’t go running to the computer every morning. Don’t get me wrong, when I see a sale I’m elated and still curious where they’re coming from, but I’m no longer bummed at a flat line. As they say, “It is what it is.” 

My only insecurity is why no more reviews? I'm still at three. What gives? But other than that,  I’m in a good place right now. I hope you are too!


Side note: I usually visit in the mornings but I’m working today so I’ll be around this afternoon. See everyone later!

 
 

This has been a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a time to talk about our fears and doubts, or inspire others by sharing our success and happiness.  We’ve got a great bunch of people in this group and we’d love to have you join in on the fun too.  A big thank you to it's creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to our fantastic co-hosts:  Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders! 




48 comments:

  1. Don't stress the reviews, either. Just focus on your writing and your next book!

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    1. True. I should be careful what I ask for too. More reviews means more chance for bad reviews! *smiles*

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  2. Keep working on the other books. The more books you have out, the more sales, and the more reviews.

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    1. That makes total sense, Diane. And the less likely I am to be worried about the reviews. I found that when I'm busy writing, I'm too distracted to be concerned.

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  3. Have to keep plugging away. And reviews are a son of a bleep to get. Just no real good way to get them. And another thing to remember though as having a ton of reviews doesn't sell a book. I have one with 207 and that ones sells a few a month, if that. You need some but not a ton.

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    1. I must not understand the whole search thing on Amazon. I thought the more reviews a book had, the higher up is was in the search results. Maybe that's sales. Sales would make more sense because if it were reviews, than people would be writing bogus reviews for themselves to rig the results.

      207? What the heck, cat? That's awesome! Dang it, now I'm happy for you!

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    2. Nope, sales up the ranks, reviews help, but not a ton. Bogus reviews are aplenty, but amazon just deletes those anyway. 207 came from Bookbub.

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  4. For me personally and dealing with a son addicted to heroin I have allowed every bit of time to concentrate on my son, on his addiction. I've only just realized that I didn't cause it, I can't control it and I can't cure it. :( I had some writing projects I was working on and then everything just seemed to stand still. So much of time anymore is devoted to community and awareness of heroin and this disease. Some days I have to be reminded, Just Breathe and take a step back, close my eyes and just meditate in the moment. The reviews will come. Start plugging into your next piece of writing. Visiting From: The Chronicles of Loving A Heroin Addict http://memorialvigil.blogspot.com/

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    1. I completely understand, Gossip_Grl. While it's a different addiction my hubby has, it took a long time for me to wrap my head around the three C's. And control was the one I struggled with the most. I felt it I let go of just one little thing my entire world would come crashing down around me. It was difficult to leave his recovery to himself and pick up my own while he worked his but when I finally did, a whole new world opened up to me. I rediscovered my love of writing and that eventually led to the book I mentioned in the blog post. I don't want people to make the same mistakes I did because his addiction isn't really "accepted" socially just yet. My hope is one day it will. I'll hold you and your son in my heart and my prayers.

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  5. Hi Elsie - I'm so glad to read you're in a good place - as the others say ... the more books you've got out there - the more reviews you'll get ... it's good you're doing different things - and gives the brain a break ... take care and all the best - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary! It's good to be in a good state of mind when it comes to writing...or anything else for that matter :)

      Staying active in writing really does help too. It keeps me mentally healthy. Not sure you'll see this, but I got the other comment you left. I'll be making a visit to it later on this week. It's a topic I adore. Thank you!

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  6. It sounds like you're moving ahead on things. I need to start writing a bigger variety of things again. Procrastination is a powerful drug.

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    1. Procrastination is a very powerful drug. My problem is I tend to do marathon sessions with projects so I have to be careful and pace myself or I'll burn out quickly.

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  7. It's so hard working around health issues. We just have to move forward when we feel good. Sending cheese your way, and way to push through the tough times!

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    1. My health has definitely gotten in the way the last few months, but I'm hoping that will be resolved soon. Fingers crossed and all that. I think a positive attitude (and cheese) helps! Thank you!

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  8. The weather here in Ireland is so stormy and wet, it can really bum you out as well!

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    1. I cannot tell you how tired I am of rain. Enough is enough already!

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  9. Hi Elsie,

    You've got the right attitude, despite any health concerns. The more you're out there, the more reviews will be realised. Take very good care of YOU!

    Best wishes,

    Gary :)

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    1. Hi Gary! I hope you and Penny are doing great! You of all people understand what I'm talking about when it comes to health. I hope you're on the upswing of things. I'll be sure and take care of me as long as you do the same too!

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  10. I am just waiting for summer to end, right now, and for my daughter to go back to school.
    It's the only way it is ever quiet enough for me to write anything!

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    1. I can relate to that 100%. I love having my kids around but it does limit the amount of peace and quiet too. Of course, than I complain that it's too quiet.

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  11. How cool that you're working on a fiction story too now. You go! :)

    It's always great to read that one of our group is "in a good place." Happy for you.

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    1. Yep. A fictional story that'll take just as long, if not longer than the self-help books. But hey, I'm doing it and that's what's important, right? :)

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  12. You're so polite. That's the problems. I've begged mercilessly for reviews. And why haven't I written one? I shall.
    Love ya, hon.

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    1. I didn't even know you bought a copy of the book...awesome! Thank you! Wow! Thank you! Did I say thank you yet? No? Thank you!

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    2. Oh no, I don't deserve thanks. I don't have an e-reader. I wrote it from memory. Sorry to disappoint, but I hope you're still glad to get another review. Love ya.

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    3. Oops, it IS in paperback. Doh. =) Just bought it. I did things backwards. I know how important early reviews are, though, and maybe they'll change mine to "Verified purchase"? Hugs!

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    4. Oh my gosh, Robyn, you're too much! I appreciate you so much. More than you know! You're far too kind! Thank you again. I read the review the other day. Thank you again. I can't believe you bought a hard copy. You rock!

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  13. I think too that the specific nature of your book will prolly limit the amount of reviews you get. A book that anyone is likely to pick up is going to have an easier time of it that one that a specific- and perhaps hesitant- audience will. But when you get THAT review, it'll make all the difference.

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    1. That is a very great point, Chris! One I didn't even think about. I had enough brains to think about the cover - I made it so people could cover the title with their hands while they read it in public if they wanted the hardcover - but didn't think about if they bought a copy from Amazon under their name...how can they review it without their identity being revealed? Very good point. Thank you! You just gave me a much needed lightbulb moment.

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  14. i am sorry that your health has taken a turn,
    but i am glad it has led you to be productive.
    maybe it slowed you down just enough to write.

    it is cool how sometimes you can tell even greater truthes
    and approach serious issues in fiction where it disarms people.

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    1. Thank you, Brian. I'm grateful I had such a great run with my meds for so many months, they just need some tweaking and I'll be good again. Yes, the time on my couch has allowed me time to also write. Well, depending on how severe the migraine is...but some days I can write and that is way cool!

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  15. Summer is just too fast for me. Don't sweat about it Elsie and move forward. Keep on doing what you love to do. Take care.

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    1. It seems like summer moves at a good pace in the beginning, and then in the middle BAM it flies by. At least I've been to the beach since I wrote this. That makes me happy! Have a great weekend :)

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  16. I'm glad you're squeezing in time for some more writing. You're so talented!! Do you find it makes you feel a ltitle better? Don't obsess over the sales and reviews. You're helping people. :)

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    1. Absolutely. I find if I can sit up and write, then I'm not totally focused on the pain. Of course there are days that's not possible. On those days, I knock out my mindless reality shows...isn't that what they're there for? :) I hope I'm helping people! Thanks Jaclyn!

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  17. I definitely don't want summer to end--I'm a teacher! I dread the routines of getting three kids up and ready for the day, and then homework in the evenings and squeezing in all the writing, housework, food-making. Everything I was able to get done during the days of summer! I'm glad you've been finding time to write! But, YES, go to that beach! How inspiring that will be. Hope the weather turns perfect for you and your health improves! Christy

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    1. Thank you for being a teacher. It can be a thankless job at times. Especially now. It seems that many parents these days take the side of the children instead of the teachers and they've stopped teaching them the importance of respect, so I really mean it when I say thank you and enjoy the remaining days of summer! I plan on getting to the beach of few more times...c'mon good weather!!

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  18. I think that's great that you're focusing on a new writing project rather than reviews, although I imagine that can be hard at times not to dwell on them. I'm kind of glad summer is coming to an end because it's so darn hot where I'm at. Hopefully, you get the time and decent weather to get those beach days in.

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    1. Yes, it's easier said than done not to focus on reviews. I suppose it's because the book means so much to me so I want it to mean just as much to the reader. I'm glad CW above made such a great point about people not wanting to put their name to the book because of it's sensitive nature...that was such a lightbulb moment and made me feel so much better. Smart guy, that one! I'm hoping the weather gets better before the cold just sets in. It's been hot here too.

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  19. Reviews will come. Don't sweat it. Keep writing. I admire your efforts to keep going when you're sick. Finding a balance is hard. (Isn't that next month's topic?)

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    1. Is that next month's topic? If not, it should be one of the topics because it's a great one. Balance is hard to find in anything I think but it's vital to have, that's for sure. Thank you, Diane.

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  20. Dear Elsie send you love and hugss !!! Hope you feel better dear !!

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    1. You're so thoughtful and sweet. Thank you, Gloria!

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  21. Sorry your health has taken and hit. Next time it does that, you just punch back.

    Hug & Bugs,
    -- Me

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  22. Hope you feel good soon and enjoy visiting the beach much possible before it turns cold. I love beaches :)
    Keep writing and put forth your thoughts... things will work on its own. Stay positive

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  23. Hope you have a great weekend ahead and are feeling much better.

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