The Fine Art of Frustration


It’s been a while since I’ve updated y’all on what I’ve been up, and learning how to use photoshop has been just one of my many projects. It’s no coincidence that the first image I produced was the one on the left. Learning anything new can be frustrating, but going on a steep learning curve with Photoshop has been particularly challenging. But I met the challenge and, so far, I seem to be winning.  By the way, I snapped this photograph after my daughter had a frustrating day learning a new piece for her piano teacher. With a very loud growl, she balled up the music sheet, threw it down and stomped out of the room. Like a good mother (cough), I grabbed my Canon EOS, lined up the shot and took it. Sometimes I wish I could do this when the words are coming out all wrong, but unfortunately I can’t ball-up my computer screen and chuck it. Now I have this picture to look at.

As you can probably figure out, my time since New World Order was released in mid-January has been spent mostly on working with the admin side of being an author (like learning computer programs…ugh!). During the time I devoted to writing the Sunset Rising Trilogy, I didn’t spend enough time on setting-up the business side of things.  I’m feeling rather accomplished these days, although I still have to get Worlds Collide and New World Order into print. I know, I know – I’ve received your emails asking about print copies (including a few school libraries) and they need to get into print. I’m juggling.

So what writing projects have I been up to?  I actually have three novels on the go. One is a young adult romance, which I hope to finish and take with me to the Romance Writers of America Conference in New York City, July 22-26, 2015, because I’m thinking about getting this one traditionally published (still sitting on the fence though because I’m not sure I want to sign my rights away).  My second work in progress is another science fiction/romance two book series. I’m writing both books in tandem, so it will take me a while (and you know me – I like to do my research!).  And of course I haven’t forgotten about writing the next novella in the Sunset Rising series – or as many of you are beginning to call it: The P.I.T. Series. I really like that 🙂  Thanks for the suggestion.

I’m also starting up a newsletter (another learning curve, so bear with me!). Quite a few of you have asked if I have a newsletter, but I don’t because I always thought of them as a little spammy. However, it does provide me with a more private way of sharing news of my work-in-progress with you guys (including excerpts!) without having to share it with the entire internet. I like to keep some things just between us 😉  So if you’d like to get a sneak peek at what I’m working on, be the first to know about new releases, and be notified when my books go on sale or when I host giveaways, please sign up for my newsletter below (I put it on the side menu as well). I’d love to connect with you!

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Okay, back to doing what I love most: writing.

Cheers – Susan

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