Thursday, September 29, 2016

Getting Down to Writing After a Break with @MeganSlayer

There has been a lot of things going on in my life. Lately it seems like I can't keep up with everything. I had surgery a little over two weeks ago and getting back up to speed afterwards is taking its toll on me. I thought I'd just bounce back. I'd be up and running after a few days. 

Physically, I'm up and running. For the most part, I'm healed. It's nice, since I'm a mom and keep up with the tot requires me to be on my toes. 

But the writing part...that's where I feel like I'm falling behind. I don't have a huge schedule or a ton of deadlines set up for me. What I do have is a few deadlines set up for me. Now usually, I thrive on deadlines. I need that structure. I was that dork in school who loved to know ahead of time when everything was due and what was expected so I could get them done. On the writing front, I even worked myself hard to meet all of my deadlines ahead of time so I knew when I healed I wasn't going to have stuff hanging over my head.

I had this crazy notion that while I was in the hospital, I'd write in my notebook. Yeah, that didn't happen. When I could keep my eyes open, I wasn't thinking about stories. Nope. I was thinking about going home and keeping something down. 

Then I thought, I'm home, so I'll get all of this writing done. I didn't. I watched movies, slept a lot and read a couple of books. But writing? It wasn't happening. I'd open the notebook or look at the laptop and lose not only interest but enthusiasm.

I hated it. 

I'm back on the horse, so to speak. I've gotten words written and pages down. I've got two notebooks full of more words that need to go into the computer. It's happening. Little by little. Baby steps. 

What did I realize though as I healed was that I needed a break. It wasn't that the words weren't there. It wasn't that I'd lost the touch. I needed a break. My body said, um, yeah. Time to heal. 

I listened. I took those two weeks off. I didn't force myself to write. I didn't allow myself to feel guilty because I wasn't writing. To my shock, it worked. I don't make myself write just yet. If the words flow, I jump on the feeling. If they don't...I find something else to do until they do.

What about you? Have you ever had this happen? Ever felt like you were falling behind or failing? Did you ever need a break? I'd love to know. We can commiserate. 

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Unleashing His Roar  
Sanctuary, Book 7
Megan Slayer
M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation
Paranormal, Contemporary, Lion Shifters/Panther Shifters
From Resplendence Publishing
Cover art by Kris Norris

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Wanted: a shifter. Must be caring, understanding, open-minded and looking for a shifter in return.

Zeus knew from the beginning he was different. Where the other lion shifters had paired up, he was still single. All he wants is a partner and finds a dating app on his phone. Will the app lead him to the man of his dreams or to a disaster just waiting to happen?

Justin isn’t where he wants to be. He knows shifters aren’t supposed to work for the humans, but due to a circumstance that spiraled out of his control…he’s in over his head. He wants out and when he spies Zeus on the dating app, he’s willing to risk everything to get to the lion shifter. He believes Zeus might be the one to help him move beyond his past and unleash his roar.

Will the panther and lion find each other or will Justin’s past keep them apart?

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©Megan Slayer, 2016, All Rights Reserved

His phone beeped and vibrated in his hand. He tensed at the sound. The noise came back. He should look at the screen. Should. His heart hammered, and the lion clawed at him from within. He turned his attention from the big cat to the phone. A gigantic arrow with Justin’s photo in it bounced back and forth on the screen. He touched the arrow and held his breath. Justin had replied.

Hi. Saw you, too. I’d like to talk. Tell me about you.

Holy shit. Excitement rippled through him. The lion stood at attention within him, equally thrilled. Zeus blew out the breath he’d held. What should he say? He didn’t want to sound silly.

I’m thirty-three. Single. I work @ a shelter. He paused. What else should he add? I’m looking for love.

He hit send before he could delete the words he’d typed. He probably sounded ridiculous. When Justin replied, Zeus yelped. He glanced over at Joe, who didn’t seem to have noticed.

Love, huh? Are you a romantic?

A romantic? More like a horny bastard who wanted sex that might become love. He drummed his fingers on the desk. Answering would be smart.

Justin replied first. Oh. You’re unsure? I’m a romantic. There’s someone out there for everyone, and I’m looking for my someone.

Damn. Justin was a romantic or, at least, came across that way. Maybe, the sweetness was a little much, but oh well. He’d never know if he didn’t try. Want to meet? You sound like my kind of guy.


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Diane Burton said...

Yep, it happened to me. More than once. Like you, I thought I'd have plenty of time to write while recuperating after surgery. Hah! I couldn't read, either. No focus. Anesthesia does weird things to our brains. You did right by taking a break. A doctor once told me that for every day in the hospital (and that was without surgery), plan on at least a week recovering. 3 days in hospital = 3 weeks recovering. Even though you're up and about, don't force yourself to write. Your body needs time to recover So does your brain. Get well soon!

Author GE Stills said...

Great post Megan. Yep I've done the hospital thing many more times than I like to think about. One more thing about hospitals, don't ever think you'll get rest while you're there. That is not going to happen. Think about the 2 a.m. vitals check. :)

Barbara Edwards said...

I went through the same thing when I had my biopsy. Taking the time to let yourself heal is not a choice. You need the break. Rest. Relax and recharge. Good Luck.

Melisse said...

I think you are wise to listen to your body and give yourself time to heal. Your writing will be the better for it!

Maureen said...

Great post! Two years ago I herniated a disc in my back- again- but worse than I have for years. I forced myself to keep going with the day job etc but spent every spare moment on my back in bed. I thought- I can write- well, not so well, end not too much, it turns out. Oh my, the editing, mistakes etc! Take care.

Nancy Gideon said...

After knee replacement, as I was drooling my way through the boxed set of Battlestar Galactica, my grand idea of using recovery time to finish my WIP was lost in a nice medication buzz. I remember after stopping them, blinking my eyes and suddenly thinking, "OMG where have I been for three weeks?!" It was my first original thought since surgery. Let the mind take a vacay while the body heals. That's where the focus has to be. Glad to see recovery has become re-energizing!