Riding the Merry-Go-Round

The amazing thing about writing is that no matter what happens, the story is always there, waiting for life to slow down long enough for me to sit down and write.  This week has been a ride in the blender, but it’s all part and parcel of being a writer.  Sometime you have to find a way to balance work and family when you don’t have the luxury of ‘going to work’ to get away from the drama.  In order to write, you have to be physically at your desk and pecking away at the keyboard!

But despite the craziness, I have managed to get a little work done.  I am still working on finishing the edits on  Tower of Bones  for the print version. Alison DeLuca’s edits have polished the tale and made it much more what we wanted it to be.  She has made small changes that have a large impact in the readability of the book. The map is being redone for the book, and the finished product will, we hope, be a book that is a pleasure to read.

Soon spring will be here, and yard work will conspire to pry me away from my work.  I love to garden, but can only do so much at a time – age and a life well-lived have taken its toll on me! Still a little each day will get the job done and help me to clear the cobwebs from my mind.  Regardless, I am envisioning long hours relaxing on the back porch, reading for my book review blogs, and pecking away at my own work.

Alas, I must sit and read at least two books a week, one for my fantasy blog, The Best in Fantasy, and also one for my multi genre blog, The Darkside Book Review.  Sometimes it takes 4-5 books to find one that I like well enough to review. I am able to read that many books each week, but I confess that between blogging, writing my books, and promoting my work, maintaining my home sometimes falls by the way.  I have an empire of dust gathering in my home.

I am so fortunate to be able to both read and write for my living. I have the luxury of being able to read the wonderful works of great authors and then tell the world just how great those authors are! Those are chores I can eagerly dive into.  I just have to be there to do it and need to have the time to read several entire books and then write two proper reviews.  I never review anything that I did not really love, because I don’t see myself as a critic.  I see myself as a promoter of books written by both indy authors and by well established authors.

Seriously – despite being occasionally derailed by family dramas and challenges, life doesn’t get better than this!



Filed under Books, Fantasy, Humor, Literature, Romance, Uncategorized, writer, writing

2 responses to “Riding the Merry-Go-Round

  1. Connie, it was my pleasure to work on your wonderful manuscript! I’m always happy to be part of bringing another great book to readers.

    And let’s not forget the contributions of Danielle Raver, who is a structural editor extraordinaire. Without her vision my own book would be in limbo.

    In any case, readers everywhere should be glad to have another Jasperson title on its way soon: The Tower of Bones!


    • OMG – I have said it before and I will say it again, Tower of Bones would not exist without Danielle’s surgical ability! What she did was to resurrect it from the ashes!

      I am eternally grateful that you have ‘put the polish’ on it. How many people are lucky enough to have as editors two of the authors whose work they admire most? I really do have the best of all worlds!


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