Dealing With Distraction (Step To My Bones, Day Five)

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Today was a good day from the standpoint that I managed to eek out my goal word count (10,000 words). I leveraged my writing mini-marathon concept and had several long writing sessions throughout the day. I finally hit “SAVE” a few minutes ago, at 9:40pm, having clocked 10,285 words today. Awesome- Yay Me!

What was not so great though was the amount of time that it took me to get those words down on the page. The theme of the day today was “Distraction“. I was up and ready to roll at 8am, so it definitely should not have taken me over twelve hours to get those words in (that’s an average of 761 words per hour). So even with my built in breaks between sessions, it was slow going. (Honestly, I feel like I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop all day.)

Here’s where thing went awry:

  • I had a task that I’ve been putting off all weekend: sorting and delivering orders from my recent Pampered Chef party. My friends and neighbors have been patiently waiting for their goodies, which I appreciate. On the plus side, I got to unpack the goodies that I got myself, and I got to visit with some of my friends that I haven’t seen for awhile. When I tell them I’m writing again, they are always super supportive which is awesome.
  • We have a new puppy. We’ve had Bella for almost a month now. She’s twelve weeks old and full of spunk. She requires almost constant supervision and if you don’t walk her she starts bouncing off the walls. (I can’t wait until winter.)
  • And by far the worst offender: Netflix. I like having background noise when I work. What I should do is put my headphones in and listen to some Baroque playlists while I write (my go-to music during the first draft stage). Since I’ve had the living room to myself most of the day today though, I decided to turn on the TV. I deliberately picked a show where I’ve already seen all of the episodes (more than once), and so in theory I wouldn’t be tempted to stop typing and watch. That might work in many instances, but when it comes to The Vampire Diaries, I can’t help it. My attention wanders and then OOPS- I’ve lost ten minutes. (Mental note to self- no more Netflix on writing mini-marathon days…)

I can’t beat myself up too bad because I did get it done. It just took a heck of a lot longer than it should have. But balancing life and writing is akin to an art form some days, and you just have to adjust, go with the flow, and don’t stress out about it.

Step To My Bones Progress:

60 minutes = 2045 words = Chapter Five draft complete

Paranormal romance serial under other pen name:

4 writing sessions = 8,240 words = 6 chapters drafted

(Photo credit by Mike Mozart)

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Contest Winner: Elena’s Vervain Necklace from The Vampire Diaries

Thank you to everyone who took a few minutes and joined the Cege Smith Fan Club! As a special treat for everyone who joined the club during my birthday weekend, they were entered into a random drawing for a chance to Elena’s vervain necklace, featured in The Vampire Diaries.

CONGRATULATIONS CHARITY FRENCH!!!

Things in the fan club are really ramping up, so be sure to join now and so that you are always in the know FIRST for things going on in the Cege Smith universe.

Thank you again for all of the wonderful birthday wishes both here and on Facebook. You guys are the best. 🙂

See you soon!!

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Happy Birthday to Me…With a Gift For You!

It’s that time of year again! Hard to believe that I hit the “Publish” button on Edge of Shadows just over a year ago on November 12th, 2011, and celebrated my birthday with the paperback version in hand (yes, for you sharp observers out there, that was the old cover). That was a pretty awesome day. 🙂

This writing journey over the last 12 months has been fantastic. I’ve learned a lot and I know my writing is getting better all the time because of the great feedback that I hear from my readers. That’s why, even though today is my birthday, I want to do something for you.

FREE COPY OF EDGE OF SHADOWS

In my mind, Edge of Shadows will forever be linked with my birthday. So from now through 11:59pm CST on Sunday, November 18th, either comment on this blog post or shoot me an email at cege@cegesmith.com, and I’ll give you a coupon code to download a copy of EOS for free from Smashwords.com (and if you write a review afterwards, good or bad, I’ll love you forever.)

JOIN THE CEGE SMITH FAN CLUB AND BE ENTERED TO WIN…

Everyone knows I am an HUGE, obsessed fan of The Vampire Diaries. It’s an addiction, I know, but I can’t stop. (Team Delena all the way!! Lol).

So here’s the deal. There’s a little box right off the right of this post about mid-way down the sidebar. It’s a sign-up box for joining my fan club. Enter your email address and join before 11:59pm CST on Sunday, November 18th, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win Elena’s vervain pendent ($50 USD value) shown below. (Fans of the show know it well.)

I don’t spam or anything like that- it’s just a way for you to hear about upcoming releases first, and I will occasionally share other awesome news from the Cege Smith universe.

So that’s it!  You pick your gift for my birthday- and you can absolutely do both. Thank you for being there and helping me celebrate! It’s because of you that these stories come to life.

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