‘The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.’
Boy, howdy, do they!
Life sure has a way of keeping a body humble and making it clear we are just along for the ride.
I started off this year with so many writing goals and plans (SO MANY!). I also decided this would be the year I’d be super organized. I had monthly planners filled out for the whole year of what books I’d write, when they’d release, the days I’d work on them, etc. Weekly planners to keep me on track. A calendar on my desk with deadlines and what needed to happen to make them.
I should have known when the kittens knocked a vase of flowers over and saturated the calendar, things were about to skid off the rails.
We embarked on a kitchen remodel rather unexpectedly. We were thinking it would be late summer or early autumn when we started the process, giving me the spring and summer to get ahead of my writing schedule.
Instead, we found out April 21 the handyman could start demolishing our kitchen May 1. So from the time he left our house that morning until now, I haven’t had any time to write. What that means is that three, possibly four of the books I’d planned to write this year just aren’t going to get written.
It makes me sad.
It makes me disappointed.
It makes me feel like I’m letting down my readers.
But it just is what it is at this point.
I can beat myself up over the fact my finely laid plans look like a whirlwind ripped them to shreds. Or, I can forge ahead and write what I can before the year ends.
So, here are my updated plans at this point (if no other distractions, projects, or setbacks happen!):
- Summer Creek -I’m just now getting started on the next Summer Creek book. If all goes well, it will release toward the end of September.
- Rodeo Romance – I don’t have any idea on release dates at this point, but I plan to write another Rodeo Romance book featuring Truitt Lucas. The title is Tricking Christmas. Most likely, it will release in November.
- Christmas – I have something fun planned as a Christmas series surprise, but I won’t say too much about it until I actually get the books written.
- Pendleton Promises – I so, so badly want to get Molly’s story written. If a miracle happens and I can work it into the schedule, I would love to release it on Veteran’s Day, but we’ll see how quickly the other books come together. I will write the story, I’m just not sure at this point when.
I want to thank you, my readers, for your support, kindness, and encouragement. For hanging in there and being patient when life throws me curveballs that keep me from writing. I’m so grateful for you, for your readership, and your friendship.
Thank you, thank you!
What about you? Have you ever had big plans that fell completely apart?