Waiting to succeed is not the same thing as failure.
I’m trying to make that my mantra as I decide to push my publishing date for MLOY. I know I haven't really announced when it was going to be published anyways, but I was getting close and I was on track for what I had planned.
So what's changed?
Well, I'm getting married and moving this year. I do believe it’s possible for me to do those things and publish a novel. I do believe I could do it.
Should I? Should I put that much on myself? For two things that have a hard deadline of needing to happen and another that I have the ability to take my time on. Should I?
It's a hard decision. One that I feel like means I'm failing in some way if I chose to move my publishing goal.
And that’s when the love of my life says this:
Waiting to succeed is not the same thing as failure.
I'm good at doing too much. I’m the queen of it. Publishing My Lullaby of You is so important to me and it’s the part of a journey I've worked long and hard for. It’s one that I've dreamed of happening for a very long time.
Which, in turn, makes me realize this:
I want to do it right.
I want to do it well.
I want to enjoy doing it.
So, friends, MLOY will not be getting published this year.
I still plan on getting the novel completely ready for when it's time. I still plan on posting my love for books, writing, and life. I still plan on making time to write my current work in progress. I still plan on building the relationships I've made on the lovely bookstagram / indie author community and making more.
Thanks for listening and letting me vent about this crazy, exciting, rewarding, changing, challenging journey.
HI THERE! I hope you had an awesome summer and did many many things. I'm sorry if you still haven't accepted that it's over...but it is.
If you are curious what I was up to, keep reading!
You might have noticed already, but after some thought I have decided to change my social media platform name! I will now be alia rose writes.
You can find me on the following social medias using the new name:
Till the next post!
the answer is A LOT.
On this road to publishing I've drowned myself in information. Which, big picture is not a bad thing. It's great that so many authors/marketers/designers have blogs where they share their journeys, things not to do, tips to definitely do, free guidebooks, etc.
But I've learned something. It overwhelms me. I have an entire spreadsheet of links categorized for different stages of my indie publishing and I seem to be stuck even with all the info. I look at other aspiring indie authors and new indie authors and they've done it! And they've done it in a lot less time it's taking me. You are probably shaking your head and thinking that I shouldn't be thinking this way. You're right I shouldn't.
Which is why I'm complaining about it here.
Since I have been going through a weird period of writer's block, I've decided to share a project a did recently.
I decided to make a dining table after finding out how expensive it is to buy one. Average small four person table is around $500 dollars and that's without chairs! True, I could have gone for the the cheap option of a Walmart bundle for $150, but coming from an architectural and interior design background, it wasn't going to happen. It doesn't help that when you get out of architecture school you have this weird sense that you have the ability to design and make anything so why the heck would you buy it?
Flash forward, this is how I built a table for under $120:
There comes a point in your life when you label your current state as a quarter life crisis.
And in retrospect, that’s what it is and even though I have read countless hilarious and relatable articles defining just that. It doesn’t really help. I still space out and think about the overwhelming-ness of life and the self-inflicted pressure.
Yes, my first TOP 3 post is about coffee. There is nothing I'd love to ramble about more.
You might be wondering where I have been since my last post (wow it's been six months :o) unless you follow me on social media, then you might have an idea. IF you don't, I suggest you do because I tend to be much more interesting there.....
I spent this past weekend in Mackinac Island for a work conference. For those of you who have never been, or have never heard of it, it's a pretty inspiring place. Mackinac Island is a little island between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. It comes full circle at about 8 miles. There are no cars allowed on the island and all transportation is done by horses, bikes, and shoes.
It's a very unique picturesque place that holds many inspirational nooks. I had the pleasure of staying at The Grand Hotel which in itself is awe-inspiring. It is the place where Somewhere In Time was filmed and holds many traditions such as 5 course dinners, formal attire in the evenings and turn down room services.
In the midst of working and feeling incredibly spoiled, writing juices flowed and it got me thinking about all the places where I have felt the most connected with my stories and the general thoughts I jot down.
So if you are ever in need of some inspiring places to rid yourself of writer's block or need an excuse for a vacation, here are my top 5 places:
HEY YOU! First, I want to say thanks for visiting my site :)
Second, I'm going to pretend this is not my first blog post on here.
So I recently graduated college, which is GREAT because now, you know, I have all this spare time to write and write and then fulfill my lifelong dream of being a published author.
Let me tell you how that's worked out so far.
1) The days go by fast. It's almost August. How did that happen?
2) Netflix is the devil.
3) Something called The Pressure. Everyone, EVERYONE wants to know if you've gotten a job in your field yet and what you plan to do with the rest of your life. I have a job, so this is usually my face:
4) Not many people care that you have other passions besides what you majored in and that you aren't quite ready to give them all up. So they don't understand when you say things like this:
5) And lastly, my next book idea will be my first trilogy and is not like anything I've written before. It's a whole new territory that so far is outlined but getting myself to actually write it is proving to be difficult.
So there you have it. I doubt I'm the only post grad writer to experience all this but thanks for listening, I love you already.
See you soon!