Writing Update: Memories of Ash and a Mother’s Confession @BooksByIntisar

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Writing Updates | 6 comments

Some where at the back of the books I have available for sale, there’s this lovely little list of upcoming titles along with expected publication dates and oh crudmuffins! I’ve got to change those again!

Um, yeah. Welcome to the land of “I said WHAT?”

And now it’s time for a confession: I’m having trouble writing. And revising.

There are always a hundred reasons for a writer to not write, of which at least a dozen make some sort of sense, and a handful are actually pretty good reasons. The rest are all poppycock invented inside the writer’s head as a form of procrastination. In this case, it’s not all poppycock. I have two wonderful little girls, and the eldest is going through a difficult spot. She’s only four, and I’m sure this phase will pass, but how she weathers it is actually a serious issue.

Most nights, once I get the girls in bed, I sit down to write and that’s what I do. That’s when I check e-mails (and reviews), stop by my social media outlets, and once my brain has cleared a bit, that’s when I work on my book projects. I don’t do much else in the evenings. But for the last month I’ve been thinking actively about what I need to do to help my daughter through her challenges. And I’ve done very little writing. This is in part because we were also traveling, but in part because I needed that evening time to let my brain process what’s happened through the day, work through the intricacies, and plan for how to help my daughter in the short, medium and long term. And these are considerations I need to revisit often.

Earlier this month I canceled my one conference trip for the year, which I’ve been looking forward to since last summer… because I can’t leave my daughter behind for the five days of the conference–even though she’d still be at home with her sister, father and grandmother for company. That’s just where she is. And as I think about what I need to do for her, I realize that I need to give her this evening time too. It won’t be forever. It may only be for three months. And there will be some nights I’ll be able to write regardless, so the books will keep coming. I am a writer at heart (second only to being a mother!), and the stories in my head demand to be written. It’s only the timeframe that must change.

So I will be changing the expected publication dates for my books. In this new world, I am hoping to release Memories of Ash (Book 2 of the Sunbolt Chronicles) sometime next year. I can’t say when. There’s a slim chance I may make it through by the end of this year, in which case, Happy Hanukkah! (Or Christmas! Or New Year! Or just, happy new book!). But I’m going to refrain from giving specific dates.

I’ll also be cutting back on what little social media presence I have. I will still post here to my blog once in a while, and to Facebook, and I’ll still collect images on Pinterest when I need them for building a scene. But it’ll be slower going. That said, I love Love LOVE hearing from readers, so you can always comment / post / send me an e-mail and I’ll turn cartwheels and get back to you. I’m still here, it’s just going to be a little quieter for a while.

That said, I will be taking part in two author events in June, so I’ll be back for those! 🙂

Thank you all, truly, for your kindness and support.

  • Marilyn E. Holt

    That sounds really rough. My prayers will be with your family.

    • Thank you, Marilyn! We are doing okay here, it’s just taking that extra bit of attention and thought. 🙂 I really appreciate your kindness.

  • writeralina

    Don’t beat yourself up. All you can do is what you can do. Some things, like being there for your family, are more important than maintaining your social network. Your readers will find you again. <3

    • Thanks so much, Alina! I really appreciate your kindness. Fatima is doing better nowadays and I’m hopeful that, as she starts a part-time preschool in the fall, I’ll be able to get back to writing with some regularity. 🙂

  • Sabrina

    I just read Thorn and Sunbolt- I LOVE these books (and their covers are beautiful)! Please take your time and I hope things are going well with Fatima. We’ll be waiting when you are ready to start writing again! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Sabrina! I really appreciate your kind words, and I’m so glad you enjoyed Thorn and Sunbolt so much! Fatima is doing much better this summer, and I’m hoping that by mid-September I’ll be able to get back to writing again. 🙂 I’m looking forward to spending more time with Hitomi and her crew… Oh–and thank you so much for your reviews on Amazon! I saw them earlier today and was excited to read them. And yep…I LOVE the covers too. I think Jenny is amazingly talented, and I’m so grateful to have her as my designer.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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