Mid-Week Update: Finally Checking In!

I know. I pretty much disappeared for the last three weeks. I’ve made occasional posts, but given no updates on writing progress. That’s because there hasn’t been much progress. I haven’t done a thorough review of the last two years, but this should go down as one of the longer stretches without writing progress since I started this blog two years ago. I’m cool with it. Sometimes you need a break. 

Things have been fairly nutzo at work, so I’ve taken on a few extra hours in recent weeks as well, and that’s never good for the writing. For the first time in quite a while I have a real brain teaser to puzzle through at work, and as I’ve been writing a surprise report on the puzzling topic, I’ve had less left over at the end of the day for MY writing. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m thinking about that report, not a book I’m writing. Actually sort of refreshing and motivating. Not a situation I want to continue forever….but as it coincided with needing a writing break anyway, at least I’m making a little extra money. Right?

I’m at an awkward spot with both stories I’m currently writing (the sequel to my fantasy novel Queen Witch, and a fairytale), and I’ve been working through lots of plot holes and new ideas during April. I’ve added about 1,200 words to the fairytale this week. I also had a bright new brainstorm — which always seems to happen at the wrong time — for a completely new series. Like I need another one! Well, hopefully I will by next year!
I am making progress revising Flight, the third Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance. I’m about a third of the way through the manuscript. I’m hoping to finish this revision by early May. But jeez….that’s right around the corner!

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit jrpearsenelson.com.

4 comments on “Mid-Week Update: Finally Checking In!

  1. I have the same issue with new ideas coming while I am in the midst of progress on an existing one. I try to scribble down the basics and get back to my WIP but sometimes I get distracted so much i cannot.

  2. I know all about those breaks we need to take. Although, it seems like my breaks are forced on me. LOL. I’m planning on getting back to writing three days a week, then adding more. That was my plan until this life stuff happened.

    How long before something will be ready for beta readers? 😉

  3. Oh, I remember the days when I used to wake up in the middle of the night thinking about work stuff, too… A writing break is definitely called for when that happens! My advice (for what it’s worth) is to get some down-time, an early night, read a good book, whatever takes the weight of the world off your shoulders.

    It sounds like your novels are coming along nicely (with another plot bunny thrown in for good measure) so I wish you all the best and enjoy the weekend! 🙂

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