Cheesy intro, I know. But I have a tendency to write my thoughts out exactly how they spill from my brain to my fingertips. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve come out here to give an update on my life, or on anything really… So here goes…
First of all, just like with most people, what a jam-packed year I have had, especially the past few months leading into the Holiday Season. Now, if these Missouri temperatures would only drop down to where they should be, I’d be a lot more ‘jolly’ right now. It’s like 70 degrees out today! WHAT? Come ON MOTHER NATURE! WTH! Where is the cold and snow? And did I mention the cooollllddddddd…….Bahhhh! (Imagine me screaming this from outside in my back yard which is currently under water due to all this rain.)
Where was I? Oh, so the past few months have been busy as usual. I was finally able to get Raven’s Undoing released. What an accomplishment! I admit, I’ve been feeling really “behind” and disappointed in myself, as if I should be getting these books out faster, but let’s get real for a minute here. I have written and gone through the whole publishing process, and released 2 books in less than 2 years! My first book, Raven’s Innocence, only took 9 months from start to finish. Raven’s Undoing took a little longer. But you know what? I did it! And not to toot my own horn too much, but I must say, I am DAMN PROUD of myself for doing it! Balancing a family, career, and writing, took a lot out of me. It is no easy feat. And let’s not forget about the hours of marketing and promotion that we all have to put into this business as well. OH, and then there’s keeping up with social media and interacting with your readers. This isn’t easy…. But you know what? I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.
I FLOVE what I do! (giving credit to the beautiful author Kristina Canady for the word Flove. I Flove it and I Flove her.) I love to write. It runs deep within every fiber of my being. It’s something I HAVE to do. If you’re a writer, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a part of who I am. Period. These past couple of years I feel like I have really grown and been walking down a path of self discovery. Some days I walk alone. Other days I walk with my friends, family, and author family! So many wonderful people that come and go with me on this beautiful chaotic journey. *insert happy crying face here*
To answer the question that is coming at me from so many, YES I am writing a 3rd book. Like I said, I’ll never stop writing. It is part of the Snowhaven Series. No, I do not know when it will be finished. To be honest, I only have chapter one written right now. I have been stressing myself out, telling myself I have to get this third book out asap! The stress of that irrational thought has me so stressed out that I’m finding myself unable to write another word right now. Finally I told myself to just STOP! Take a break and recharge Nicky…
It’s the holidays and right now, I just want to enjoy this time of year with my family and friends. So I’m taking a small break from writing on my 3rd book. But believe me, it’s only a small one. I just need to get through the holidays; but then the first of the year, I will pick it back up and keep writing. I don’t know how long it will take to finish because with this next book, I am going to write it completely from start to finish. Afterwards, I will then decide if I want to release it as one book, or split it up. I am writing Kat’s story and this book is going to be much darker than my first two. *insert devilish grin here* My imagination is running wild on this one…
Also, on a personal note, and not to give up too much detail, but I have been working through some health issues. An auto-immune disorder has decided it wants to try and kick my Arse. But my doctor is amazing and believes we are getting on top of this early. We’re still in the stages of lots of testing and really getting everything figured out and coming up with a treatment plan. So as you can imagine, this in itself has been really taking hold on me lately. Unfortunately, my writing has been on the backburner. But there is a light at the end of my tunnel and this too shall pass. I’m a strong woman. And I won’t give into this. Some days are better than others, but I keep my head up, keep praying and just know that – I got this!
As always, I want to thank everyone for their continued support. I have been blessed in so many ways. I know life has a tendency to knock us down, and then kick us even harder once we fall; but please remember that it can always be worse. Don’t forget to count your blessings and be thankful for all that you do have. Remember everyone has their own battles to fight and someone is always looking at you wishing they had it half as good as you do. Don’t be so quick to point the finger but slow to understand. You don’t have to like or agree with everyone you meet, but you also don’t have to be cruel or add to their despair. This world is turning into such an ugly and cruel place. Don’t be part of it…. Kindness costs nothing. Sprinkle that sh*t everywhere!
Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. And take care of yourselves and each other! Wishing everyone a happy ending to 2015, and blessed beginnings to 2016!
Nicky D, Author
Ps. I do love hearing from my readers, so drop me an email anytime. NDWhite_Author@zoho.com