The Saturday Crunch

So this morning I woke up feeling restless. First, I checked on my husband. Once I was certain he was breathing and all was well, I counted cats. All cats were accounted for. So why did I feel so anxious? As I was having my morning breakfast, it occurred to me I’m further behind on the second OTS  mystery than I should be. I need to have the bulk of the book written and in editing no later than the end of April (especially if we’re looking at a June release date). I still have over half the story to write. This is the point where I look at my deadline schedule, swallow hard, and start questioning my ability to meet my deadline. Especially after the deadline hiccups I had with Training Amy.  That was definitely not a confidence booster.  That’s the thing about stories. They happen in their own time. Damn stories. Right now Into Darkness isn’t happening fast enough. At the same time I don’t want to rush it. I do take pride in my work, after all.  Kim (my editor) told me to not stress about the deadline and to concentrate on writing the best story I can. She’s right, of course. The more I obsess over the deadline the more apt I am to not meet it.

In good news – I’ve lost 15 pounds just by changing the way I eat. Now if I can apply exercise to that equation I’m willing to bet I can easily drop another 25 pounds by June. That will put me within 25 pounds of my goal weight, which, if I continue, I should be able reach that weight by the release of Thirteen Covens.  Once I get there I have every intention of eating like a bird and exercising regularly to stay there. Getting older sucks. Bad metabolism – bad!

Lots to do today. Have lunch with part of the OFS crew (and families) today. Then I have some couch covers to implement, some seeds to rinse, some dead plants (poinsettias don’t last long after the holidays) to dispose of.  Then I am probably going to do some writing.  Have a great Saturday everyone!

About Steph

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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