A Year of Change

The only person you are destined to become is the person you

decide to be.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This summer, I turned 42, so I guess I was due for my midlife crisis.

Not that the dissatisfaction is new, but for some reason my birthday brought it to the forefront for me. My life is in utter chaos, overcrowded and exhausting. I looked around at the hundreds of things wanting my attention and thought – I simply don’t want to be here.

That’s sad. I mean, I have a loving husband, two great kids, a nice house, a steady day job, and I get to write too? What’s wrong with that?

All the “other” stuff that went along with the good things and my own perfectionism that has pressured me into rushing and pushing myself – now the well of my soul is bone dry.

Butterfly, romance author, creativity, refilling the well
Since I’m not the type to run away with the circus…or Channing Tatum… I decided to take the bull by the horns and actually carve a life out of my existence instead of letting it run me into the ground. I know this isn’t going to happen immediately…it’s a process that will happen over time and with deliberate action.

Why am I sharing this on the World Wide Web?

~Well, this is my page and I choose to be authentic here rather than putting on a fake, happy face.

~As an author, I process things by writing about them. I try to write morning pages (see Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way), but I also like sharing what I learn. Maybe I can help someone else along the way.

~But also, it will mean some changes around here. I’ll only be blogging once a month, putting out a newsletter quarterly and probably producing fewer Indie books. That doesn’t mean I’m not around—just check out my Facebook page to realize I’m still hanging out—but I want you to know the WHY. Authors aren’t superhumans—I’m not Supermom, Wife Extraordinaire, and I can’t juggle a million things successfully. I’m just me.

I’m working on a lot of changes and I hope to share some of the inside I gain with each of you. Thanks for your support and continuing to hang around.

Dani

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What I’m Reading This Month

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert, Creativity, Reading, Book Lover

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve listened to the podcasts associated with this book on iTunes and started following Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook. I find her posts deep and insightful and hope this book will encourage my creative live. So far, I’m really enjoying it! Recommended for creative types!

What I’m Working on This Month

quill, writing, romance author

Edits for the first Kentucky book— now titled REINING IN THE BILLIONAIRE—will arrive any day now.

I just finished a proposal for Kentucky Book 2! Woot!

Until edits arrive, I’m playing with the fun novella that I hope to release some day as a group of 4. They’re set in Savannah – one of my favorite places. You can see my inspiration on my Savannah Pinterest board and my #SaucySaturday post today over on the NGWN blog about Savannah as a sexy setting. And yes, this is a step in having and enjoying my life. My life will always include writing, but I need some writing that doesn’t have a ton of pressure. That’s why this one is for “fun” and has no deadline.  🙂 I’ll keep y’all updated.

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