Marie Landry: Making it Work

Today I am proud to host Marie Landry talking about how she…

Today I am proud to host Marie Landry talking about how she keeps going, keeps writing despite difficult times, and how she personally makes it work when life sucks. Her LGBTQ+ book, Take Them by Storm, is a lesbian YA novel, third in a series that doesn’t need to be read in order.

 

Almost everyone I know can agree on one thing if nothing else: 2016 sucked. For me personally it was one of the most difficult years of my life, and then throw in what was happening around the world and my brain felt like a chaotic mess.

All of this affected my writing. I had so much going on in my life that was preventing me from writing, and then throw in depression and anxiety that was exacerbated by everything happening in the world, and I lost most of my motivation. I was easily distracted. For the first time in my life, I didn’t want to write. It wasn’t the refuge it had always been, a way to escape the real world. Instead I buried myself in other people’s writing, and I channeled my creativity into bookstagram.

Holiday Querying Blues

Guest post by S. L. Bynum Wait, it’s almost Christmas already? But…

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Guest post by S. L. Bynum

Wait, it’s almost Christmas already?

But I still have so much to do for my writing career! I have to edit my query letter, write a synopsis, research agents, e-mail my queries before literary agents take time off for the holidays…

This was me for the last seven years or so, because every time the end of the December comes, agents take a couple of weeks off and don’t respond to emails. It’s agonizing, desperately waiting for a reply about your future as an author and they aren’t even in their offices.

Christmas – Real Life (a Giftmas guest post by J. S. Watts)

Guest post by J. S. Watts As part of the Giftmas Blog…

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Guest post by J. S. Watts

As part of the Giftmas Blog Tour, I’m contributing two posts: one about my real life experiences of Christmas and the other about how the festive season features in my writing. This is real life Christmas, past and present.

I grew up in London in the United Kingdom. As a fairly typical (whatever that means) non-church-going family we celebrated Christmas, but as a festive holiday, rather than a religious festival. I had friends who saw Christmas as a religious event, first and foremost, and spent much of it in church and others who did not celebrate it at all for equally religious reasons. That was fine. North West London, as I experienced it, was a tolerant and accepting place.