June 23rd, 2006
A Month of Changes

I don’t know about you all, but June has been turbulent thus far. Between the edits and career changes happening behind the scenes, it’s been all I could do just to hold on. It hasn’t been bad per se, simply unsettling. (Yes, I’m one of those people who have a love/hate relationship with change.)*g*

I found out yesterday that the place I live has been sold to a new owner. It happened suddenly. Even the employees were left scrambling. Not sure what, if anything that’s going to mean for dh and I. I refuse to acknowledge all the horoscopes that keep telling me I’m going to have to move. Don’t they understand that I have edits to do and a book to finish writing? Obviously not.

The strange thing is with the exception of the edits getting temporarily lost, I seem to be very ‘Que Sera, Sera’ about the whole career thing. I don’t know if that’s because I feel like the work I’ve recently sent out is some of my best to date (so if no one likes it, then there’s really not jack I can do about it) or if I’ve finally found my niche.

As many of you who visit my blog regularly know, I’ve been trying to find my writing niche/genre. It’s taken me a lot of false starts, but I have finally found my comfort zone in paranormal suspense and urban fantasy. I cannot believe how much fun I have writing these types of books. They’ve reminded me why I became a writer in the first place. I can’t wait to get back to the urban fantasy that I put on hold in order to do the edits. It’s my first ‘1st person POV’ book and I’m truly enjoying it. Before my readers read this and panic, I have no intention of completely abandoning third person POV. This book just happened to lend itself to first. (I tried writing it in third, but it changed the tone of the book too much.)

I feel like I’m starting my career over again. Instead of the prospect being daunting, I am kind of excited. So I suppose after further consideration the changes taking place this month are a good thing after all. 🙂

18 comments to “A Month of Changes”

  1. Change can be good! Moving is a hassle, but that’s often good, too. If nothing else it forces you to ask “do I really need to keep THIS?”

    Your new work is amazing and if it doesn’t sell, I’ll break my jaw dropping it to the floor.

  2. June has certainly left it’s mark. I can’t wait for it to finish. Well, okay, so far the second half of the month hasn’t gone too bad, but you never know.

    As for writing in 1 or 3 POV, to me, if it’s a good story I’ll read no matter whose telling the story. *shrugs*

    Congrats on finding your niche! And good luck in this second stage of your writing career. *g*

  3. LOL Charli! Isn’t that the truth, when it comes to moving? *ggg*

    Thank you for the vote of confidence and the willingness to read. (((Hugs)))

  4. Thanks Silma! It’s definitely a new phase. Here’s hoping the readers will following the POV change. I, like many others, don’t enjoy a lot of 1st person POV books. It all comes down to voice. 🙂

  5. HHmmm.. if your ASTROLOGY says you’re moving.. then, I bet you will move.. it’s one of the areas astrology can be VERY ACCURATE ABOUT!!

    Career re-starts: Can be soo exciting! It takes some experimentation to find a niche.. in all of the arts..writing, included!

    Yes, my JUNE has been so discomboobulated I can hardly see straight!

    the SOLSTIC (YESTERDAY!) is supposed to slow it down a tad..

    Here’s hoping!

  6. Hugs Jordan! I know change can be scary, but sometimes its the best thing that can happen to you. and isn’t urban fantasy the best place to be?? I love reading and writing it. I can’t write contemporary…I CAN, if I had to, or someone was paying me a shit load of money to do it, but my heart belongs in the fantasy world, i’m more comfortable there!!

  7. Maddie, I hope it’s wrong about moving physical locations. I like where I live. It is exciting to start over career-wise. So many directions I can choose to move in. I hope you’re right about the slow down. That would be very nice.

  8. Vivi Anna, Yep, urban fantasy is fun. I am enjoying the change and I think it shows in my writing. I can write contemporary…if I pick the right subject. Otherwise, I’d rather get lost in magical worlds. 😀

  9. Interesting metaphor–“going to have to move.” 😉

    If you’re excited, I’m excited for you. Great attitude!

  10. Thanks!

  11. I never read horoscopes. 😉

    Finding ones niche as writer is good. I’m glad it happened for me before I got published and would have been obliged to change names and all that hassle because readers won’t accept a sudden shift from SciFi to Historical Fiction.

    Which doesn’t mean I’ll never again try my hands at another genre but right now, I feel at home with hist fic.

    Good luck with your changes.

  12. Gabriele, You’re lucky. I always was one to do things arse backwards. *ggg* I doubt this will be the end of my experimentation in writing, but it’s nice to have a place to roost. )

  13. I love writing in first person. Third person kicks my ass. I find it very tricky. First person seems very natural to me 🙂

  14. It’s great that you found your writing niche! I hope it brings lots of sales too (just to round it off nicely 😉

  15. I’m glad that you’ve found your spot Jordan, that’s great news! I can only imagine what a shift it has been for but really life is about change isn’t it? We can fight it or accept it and hopefully learn something in the process. I think everyone struggles with change, whether that’s moving, career changes, family…I can’t think of a time when life isn’t in transition of some kind. I just hope you can hang on for what’s coming your way, sounds like you’ve got some great new opportunities opening up for you.

  16. Tracy, I think it boils down to what you start writing in. Most people find that first choice to be their comfort zone. (Obviously, there are exceptions.:)

  17. Saskia, Me too. 😀

  18. Shannon, I’m hanging. 😀