Wednesday, April 4, 2018

When It Pours #IWSG

The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. April's co-hosts are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan. Please visit the other IWSG participants.
IWSG Day Question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

If March is any indication of what I do when it's hard to keep writing, the answer is I don't write. *sighs*

Last month was hard. It started out all right, but I received a Tetanus booster on March 5 during my yearly physical. I've never had a reaction to any vaccination before, but this one got me. I had a rash around the injection site for a week and my entire body ached. I still have a swollen, painful-to-the-touch lump at the injection site, and it's been almost a month since the injection. Then I somehow locked my sacroiliac joint with my pelvis on the left side. I was hoping it would fix itself, but it didn't. On March 26, I went to the chiropractor. The area isn't locked anymore, but I'm still having muscle spasms and pain from it. I've purchased a sacroiliac belt to stabilize the area, so we'll see how that works. If not, I'll have to return to the chiropractor.

So the increased pain meant less energy, so there was no writing in March.

That said, I am hoping to get the pain to more manageable levels so I can get back to writing. *crosses fingers*

What do you do to keep writing?

So my March goal of rewriting/editing 20,000 words in Forged did not happen. In fact, I've been thinking a lot about Forged and what I want to write in the future. Right now, I'm all into sci-fi, which makes it hard to write YA epic fantasy. I've consider unpublishing Reborn and Marked and making the shift to writing science fiction under the name CN Reich as opposed to Cherie Reich. But I hate the thought of leaving the few people who have read and enjoyed Reborn hanging. Plus, it'll be another year or more until I'll have enough research to write The Triliths Portals the way it needs to be written. So I do still plan to rewrite, edit, and publish Forged and Destined.

But I need a break from it too.

So for the next few months, I plan to focus on the print/ebook versions of Elements of Untethered Realms (forthcoming October 2018) and my UR Worlds story (forthcoming 2019). My UR Worlds story, though fantasy, involves a protagonist who is studying physics and astronomy, so I'll be able to indulge it my scientific knowledge while working in a fantasy world. My hope is that I'll be ready to rewrite/edit Forged once I finish the print proofread of Elements of Untethered Realms and the first draft of my UR Worlds story.

We'll see how it goes.

What are your goals for April?

2018 Stats
17,708 words written
17,708 words edited
78,718 friends' words edited