I am happy to announce the True Heroes series continues in 2018 with three new novels!
Alex Logan of Forever (Grand Central Publishing – Hachette Book Group) is editing these brand new stories. I am so very excited to be working with her.
Of course, 2018 seems to be a long way away. Both my publisher and I are already working hard on these novels. More details will be coming soon, including insight into the new setting and cast of characters as the True Heroes series moves into its next arc. I promise these stories will continue with strong ex-military heroes and heroines with the amazing service dogs who love them at their sides.
Tasks have been identified and prioritized. It’s time for getting actual work done. For some, this is very simple. However, it might not be easy when there’s a whole lot of life going on in your world.
Life is full of distractions. Your mind may dodge work, running in circles or latching onto various things to do in the name of research or administrative clean up when in reality, it’s all procrastination.
Some simple techniques for eliminating distractions may allow you to buckle down and be productive. Scheduling time and developing routines are very helpful. But more complex considerations may come into play when you travel like I do and can’t develop routines or schedule time.
Where’s Piper? In her home office!
It’s time to actually work
So how do I actually get work done?
Sometimes I need encouragement and there’s an app for that
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There are times when I’ve got so much to do, I’ve got no idea where to start or what the prioritization is. It’s just an overwhelming mess of things that need to be done. I’m frozen in analysis paralysis and stressed out.
It’s time to take a deep breath and apply what I know of prioritization to the chaos of all the tasks piled up in front of me. Sometimes, my approach can be straightforward and simple. Other times, I need to apply my flexible approach to evaluating and organizing my tasks in a matrix to easily decide what to work on next.
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I made a careful decision to have a stronger focus on writing this year. As an author, one might think I write, therefore I have a focus on writing.
But here’s the thing: when an author goes to events, the author isn’t writing much, if at all. When an author is doing book signings, the author isn’t writing much. The priority is to spend time with you, the reader, and rightly so. It’s important and I love meeting readers!
But all those events take away from writing time. There’s also travel that both takes away from writing time and is generally exhausting.
I maintain a day job career in parallel to my author career and I do travel 85% of my time for the day job. Add writerly events in there and I am sometimes away from home for up to 3 weeks at a time. I don’t take vacations, I take time off from the day job to attend writerly events and conventions. There’s no down time and without down time, my creativity suffers.
Last year was rough and much of it was due to the killer schedule I set for myself. I wrote 5 full length novels and several short stories through the course of the year in addition to throwing myself into my day job for the most challenging project of my day job career. I am proud of my work.
There’s no way I can maintain the pace. I wouldn’t survive.
This year, I’ve decided to manage my time carefully and only attend writing retreats. At these retreats, my writing productivity has been amazing. My intent is to come through 2017 with high quality writing and the foundation laid to do great things with my writing career in the future. My priority is to provide great stories to my readers. This year, I’ll focus on writing.
Even if you don’t see me in person, you can play Find the Piper all over the internet for insight into my writing and hijinx:
Come 2018, I’ll be looking at events again. I’ll be out there to meet readers and network with pros in the industry. Moving forward, I’ll be carefully balancing these priorities so my writing — the core of me as an author — is still strong as I participate in upcoming events too.
If you’d like me to attend your favorite convention or reader event, please contact the event coordinators and request me. It’s the best way to let events know you want me there. These events are for you, readers. Let them know who you want. 😉
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Heading into a new year with a fresh set of goals is a great thing. It’s even better to take a pause to look back on what did or didn’t work in the past year to take lessons learned into the new. This episode is about looking back to move forward effectively.
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