Mid-Week Update: Taking Joy in the Process

That’s a goal I’m going to live by in coming months. Life is full to brimming over, and J.R. needs some play time this summer, too! But the reason I write is because I LOVE IT. So I will keep on churning out the words, and no doubt keep surprising myself. I’m just laying off the pressure a bit, to take more joy in the process.

So…that means I’m taking back a previously stated goal of 1,000 words a day to finish the draft of the second Foulweather Twins book in June. Instead, I’m back to my stand by 500 words a day, a level that doesn’t leave me stressed and grumpy. 🙂

I’ll still be publishing Flight (Children of the Sidhe, Novella 3) as soon as it’s ready — most likely by the end of the month. And I’ll edit Descent (Children of the Sidhe, Novella 4) as I find the time, hoping for an early fall release.

Now for a little update on my progress this week:
Sunday – 700 words
Monday (took a vacation day!) – 900 words
Tuesday – 200 words

ROWers, I’ve taken part in this writing community since the third round of 2011. Two full years. In recent days, when I hit something of a breaking point and realized I was asking too much of me, I considered skipping the summer round this year. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll post at all on writing progress (barring major stuff) during the summer. I’ll be pondering that decision over the next couple of weeks. No matter what I decide, it’s not like I’ll completely disappear. I’ll likely pop in and haunt your blogs more if I’m not under the gun myself for a couple months. 🙂

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.

1 comment on “Mid-Week Update: Taking Joy in the Process

  1. Sometimes you need a break. And I think we all need to do more of what we love, and take the time to love it while we’re doing it.

    Last summer, I tried too much, and ended up crashing through most of the round and feeling bad. Summer is hard for me – I have huge emotional stuff, both joyful and sorrowful, and we have other activities.

    So this year, I’m simplifying my approach. I’m sponsoring, because that reminds me I am not the only writer in the universe, and I get to offer support to others, which makes me feel good, too…

    And I have some blogging and writing to do, so I will just do those, and let the fancier stuff wait till life slows down…

    The biggest challenge, for me, may be keeping it simple. I tend to want to do all the shiny things! =)

    May your summer be lovely, whether you are officially here, or doing the occasional random flyby.

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