A Writing Hiatus

So, some of you may know, others may not, that I’ve been on a writing hiatus since September. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing… well, it did for a long while. See, I’ve got two books coming out this year and three next year and the calendar for 2018 won’t be out until March. So I was told I couldn’t submit anything. Well, I wrote a few short stories, one of which got accepted and then twiddled my thumbs. I’m a writer. What am I supposed to do besides write? For those of you who don’t know – I don’t work outside of the home. I write. It’s my job. And, unlike so many people, I love my job! So, I had to find things to keep my busy.

The first event to keep me occupied was Dallas Pride. Laydin was with me, as well as VK Powell, Barbara Ann Wright, Carsen Taite and David Swatling. We had a good time, sold some books and just generally let people know that lesbian fiction is alive and well and that people should read it 🙂 The next event that kept me away from my beloved computer was Women’s Week in Provincetown. That’s an event that, if you’ve never been to, you really need to go. Women, women, and more women strolling hand-in-hand and arm-in-arm up and down Commercial Street. It’s heaven. And I was kept plenty busy. Monday, I had a signing, then Wednesday was a panel, then a reading and a signing. Thursday morning was another reading and signing. Thursday afternoon was Laydin’s first reading (which she rocked!) Friday was another reading and signing and Saturday, Laydin was on a panel. Now, bear in mind that in between these events, there was much merry making. There was a whale watching expedition, there was drinking (a lot of that) at the Governor Bradford’s with Dawn, Sue and Dutch. There was a fund raiser for a local animal shelter that led to sing alongs with Cathy Frizzell and Holly Stratimore. Then, there was karaoke night. Lots to do. We came home happy and exhausted.

And then the holidays were upon us. Thanksgiving, Laydin made dinner with all the fixin’s and we took everything over to her sister Mary, who was still undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. We had a great time, eating an watching football. Next was Christmas which meant another trek over to Mary’s. This time, they provided the food and there were twelve of us. After dinner, we got our phones out and played Fibbage and Drawful. If you’ve never played those games, you really should. They’re hilarious and we were all crying we were laughing so hard.

New Year’s Eve was quiet. We ate chili and tamales and watched College Football playoffs. One of our teams won, anyway. New Year’s Day, Mary and her husband came over for dinner and more Fibbage and Drawful. Then, we watched the first ever episode of Saturday Night Live. Most amusing.

So, you can see, I’ve kept myself pretty busy, but in the meantime, I did manage to finish a novel, Exposed, which I plan to submit as soon as they’ll let me.

Here’s the blurb for it:

Randi Hansen is a self-confirmed playboi. She takes a different woman home from the club every chance she gets. Eleanor Bremer is new to town, a town she feels is small and conservative. She’s determined to stay in her closet in this new town, but Randi has different ideas. They get together, but Randi soon tires of the self-imposed closet Eleanor has them in. Randi says she can’t be with Eleanor if she won’t be out. Will Eleanor find the strength to come out of her closet? Or will she stay alone and miserable?

So, the hiatus was fun, but I’ll be glad when I can start submitting works again. And, I’m ready to start a new book now. Any suggestions?

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2 Responses to A Writing Hiatus

  1. LOL! You can keep a writer from submitting, but you can’t stop her from writing. Sounds like you had a lot of fun, though. 🙂

  2. bobbi

    How about a story about a writer on hiatus, and the “situations” she gets into?

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