Thursday, July 2, 2015

Procrastination Station


This is where I have been the last two weeks…fully parked and camping out at procrastination station. I have been doing anything and everything to avoid writing.
I cleaned my house. *gasp* Too bad it didn’t last long.
I learned how to properly trim the herbs in my garden. I have been growing them for years, but always jus yacked off leaves as I needed then was sad when they went to seed. For once I decided to google proper trimming techniques and now they look fabulous. I should have lots of herbs all season. Heck, I even made herbed butter. You know? Chopping up herb varieties and folding it into softened butter and then rolling it in wax paper and chilling in fridge?
Yeah, I know. Procrastination station.
I mean, I even infused vinegar with tarragon. I’ll probably use it. Lol
So why am I procrastinating so much? Baking bread and playing on Pinterest?
Well, at first it was because I was stuck on a sequel that I’m working on. I won’t say writer’s block, per se. But I will say it was going in a direction that just didn’t feel right. So I gave myself permission to leave it alone for a few days. After all, I had just submitted a novella for a new 1Night Stand called FINDING HIS FANTASY which featured Josef, the sexy Haitian bartender from my book ACCIDENTALLY BEAUTIFUL, and Paul the art gallery owner from my writer pal Wendy Burke’s holiday romance WISE MEN SAY. I had a book on a publisher’s desk. I always feel pressure when I don’t have at least one story in the pipeline. I should have felt success and not so guilty about doing no writing or writing related activities, aka blogging etc.
But I felt totally guilty about it even as I started a new compost heap out back. (See, now that is MAJOR procrastination lol) But then a friend said, “Didn’t you used to take a little break in between books? It seems like the last few years, you’ve finished one project and immediately started the next.”
Hmmmm, I thought. Is that true?
It was!
I have been writing continuously with no “me time.” I was so focused on what ny next project should be, and the one after that, I’d decided “me time” was just an excuse to procrastinate and not write. But hey, I like playing in my garden. I like making herb infused vinegars. And for the few hours it lasted, I liked having a clean kitchen.
It felt great actually!
I guess the point of this blog is that taking a little trip to Procrastination Station isn’t such a bad thing. I took a little down time, left some of the self-inflicted pressure behind, and just did some stuff that I enjoy. I took my friends kids to the zoo, I went on some bike rides. I even went and saw Magic Mike XXL last night with my two besties! LOL, THAT was fun!
And you know what?
That little plot hole I was struggling with, I think I filled it. I might even start working on it as soon as I sigh off here. Which means, that maybe my stay in the station is coming to an end. I believe some of Santa’s elves up in THE NAUGHTY NORTH POLE are whispering book six to me as we speak…..

What about you guys? Do you ever take a break from writing, but then you feel guilty about it?
I would love to hear from you!

~D

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.


You can also find her young adult alter ego, K.D. Worth FacebookTwitter

You can also find her young adult alter ego, K.D. Worth FacebookTwitter


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Special Thank You from Author Jessica E. Subject


Hello! Today is a special day for me. I'm celebrating four years published. Okay, so I'm also celebrating Canada Day with the rest of my country, and a new release. The first was a happy coincidence, and the second planned.
But, I'm here to say thank you. Thank you to my readers for taking a chance on a new author back in 2011. And thank you to the readers who continue to do so. Your constructive criticism helps me to grow, and your kind words give me so much encouragement.
Thank you to all the bloggers and other authors who have supported me in my journey, by providing blog space, sharing my posts, giving me advice, traveling with me, rooming with me, and simply for being my friend. It's such a wonderful thing to make personal connections with others in this industry.
Thank you to my fabulous critique partners, some I had long before I was published. Your wisdom and straightforwardness prepared me for the road ahead. I know that my stories aren't perfect, and you show me how to make them better.
Thank you to the wonderful editors at Decadent and elsewhere that I've worked with. Not only do you polish my stories up and make them shine, but you've all taught me so much.
Thank you to Decadent Publishing for taking a chance on my story about an alien who wanted to experience love. And thank you for taking many more chances on me after that. I am honored to be a part of the team.
Thank you to friends and family, some who are no longer with us, who always ask about how my writing is coming along. That simple question means so much.
And thank you to my husband and children for your support, your patience, and your love.

CONTEST!
To celebrate the release of AN ALIEN TO LOVE, and four years published, Jessica E. Subject is hosting a contest for a $25 e-gift certificate from Amazon.com or All Romance eBooks. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget placed below, or follow the link.
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An Alien to Love
A collection of 1Night Stand stories
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What do a librarian, a nurse, a director’s assistant, a housekeeper, and an orphan have in common? They all end up spending an evening with a gorgeous stranger. But, will one night lead to more, or will the women end up running away when they learn their sexy suitor comes from another planet? Find out in these five sensual 1Night Stand stories by sci-fi romance author, Jessica E. Subject.
Contains: Celestial Seduction, Satin Sheets in Space, Another Night, Another Planet, His Alien Virgin, and Her Alien Hero

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Bio:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. 
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.