Yo.

Greetings and Salutations! Happy Holidays! What’s up?

It’s been awhile. I realize that. I haven’t had much to report. I’m still working on Frayed, which was gonna be out this fall, and then this month, and…welp, it’s not finished yet. I even did NaNo in some dumbass attempt to yank it out of me. Guess what? SWB doesn’t work that way. (But she does, apparently, call herself SWB in the third person like a douchette.)

I’ve been having a bit of a hard/weird/new/whatevs time of it lately. I got divorced, I lost a bunch of weight, I became a person who lifts weights and runs, I redecorated my entire house, I hired a nanny I can’t afford, I got a new boyfriend who has three kids, I bought a hot tub and couldn’t figure out how to do the chemicals right and gave myself a staph infection. I went to New York for the first time since I was fifteen and saw a Broadway show. I’m headed to the New Adult Sleepover Weekend in Savannah this weekend to meet writer friends from all over the US in person, and eat biscuits. All the biscuits.

So, writing. I’ve been doing it…sometimes. I’ve been thinking about it constantly.

Penny’s stories are still in here. And Brynn’s. And dozens of others that I can’t seem to sit down and focus on.

It’s not like being alone with myself is difficult. I just have a problem being still now. I can’t even relax enough to sit down and watch a TV show.

I’ve kind of become a different person over the last year, but I remain a person who loves writing. I just have to figure out how this version of me gets things done. What motivates me now to get my butt in my chair every day?

My goal for December is to start small. I’m going to finish and publish the two short stories I’ve had sitting on my computer since this time last year. When those are completed, I’m going to update the back matter on all of my books. I’m not Β sure that the folks who are finishing the Zellie books even know that FOUND exists and is related.

All of my stories that were in KDP Select will be off by the end of January, so I’ll put those up everywhere again and box set them. (If you like Contemporary Erotic Romance and haven’t read any of my Reina Stowe stories, they’ll all be free on Amazon sometime between tomorrow and January 25th. Keep an eye out for that.)

What I ask of you all is this: please give me a little understanding.

I know you want to read Frayed NOW. What kind of asshole author writes a cliffhanger like that and then doesn’t deliver the next book immediately?

This one.

And I’m sorry.

We’ll all be happier when I publish a decent book, though, instead of the hurried, scattered mess that Frayed is at the moment.

Thanks for bearing with me while I have a mid-life crisis/find myself/rock my suburbanite vision quest/recover from hot tub folliculitis.

Love you guys! You’re the tits.

Author: Stacey Wallace

Stacey Wallace is the author of The Retroact Saga, Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, Open Door Love Story series, and multiple short stories. Her latest novel, Her Other Life, is a stand-alone novel of magical realism.

8 thoughts

  1. While I am thrilled and excited for Frayed, your health and happiness must always come first. Take care of yourself! It sounds like you’ve had an eventful year, and you’ve taken some big steps! I am as proud of you as one can be of a stranger. πŸ˜‰

  2. Just know that I’ll read all of your books, no matter when they are released πŸ™‚ Thanks for being such an awesome author, who is nothing but honest with their fans!

  3. Stacey, don’t stress. You’ve had a big year. Getting to know the new you is a big deal — kind of an investment in your future and happiness. In a couple of years, you won’t remember there was such a gap between Found and Frayed, but you will remember if you did a good, satisfying job on the book.

    A couple of things I’ve done to trick myself into producing words when I wasn’t 100% feeling it:

    -If you’re feeling pressured to “get it right” — DON’T!! Before you sit down to write, remember why you’re here. You love writing, and you’re quite good at it. Then tell yourself. “I’m just screwing around. This doesn’t have to BE anything.” (This mantra has really helped me when I’m pressuring myself and feeling the perfectionist blah-blah.)

    -Pick a scene to work on, set a timer for 25 minutes, and write for that 25 minutes. FOCUS. Then take a 5 minute break, and reset the timer for another 25 minute stretch. (I’ve increased my hourly word count this way — getting more words done in 50 focused minutes than I used to in an hour. And it feels really good to block everything else out, but know you get to resurface in just a few minutes.)

    Carry on with your awesomeness, dear. Looking forward to all your upcoming stories, but I’ll be here whenever you finish them. No probs. πŸ™‚

    J.R.

  4. Thanks for the tips! I will definitely try them. Look to be doing some short story beta reading soon.:)

  5. You take your time. I loved Found and I’m so excited about Frayed, but I can wait. We all can wait. Your personal life and healt comes first, of course. πŸ™‚ And I know that waiting will be worth it.

    You have all my love and support. πŸ™‚

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