Fall Resolutions, Part – The Whine

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Before I dive into Jessica Aspen Writes I want to dive into the news.

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenGhosts of Christmas Past, my contemporary Gothic romance is now available on all channels: Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, IbooksAllRomanceEbooks and Kobo The ghosts make it perfect for Fall and Halloween reading as well as Christmas. And of course it’s a romance, so give it a go.

I’m planning a birthday party for The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court. I love Fall and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so the month of October will be filled with special tricks and treats and birthday celebrations for my first fantasy romance.

Now on to the blog!

WARNING: This is the whiny blog. If you want the actual resolutions, tune in next week where I tell you what I plan to do about changing my mindset and my schedule.

My new year starts in the Fall. It always has. School starts in Fall and from the time I was a child, that’s when the year shifted. Yeah, we have the big party in January, but that is such an artificial time to start the new year that it’s never felt right. I have fun in January. I even re-set my goals and participate in the whole New Year’s Resolution things. (You can check out my January Goals Post HERE.) But both my gut and my heart say the new year starts in the Fall.

This year, more than ever, I’m looking forward to school starting and having the house to myself. As I travel the path of becoming an author, (yes, six books out and I still feel like I’m in the becoming stage) I find that every day, week, and month my goals and life change. When my kids were in school and I wasn’t working my current job, I could write! I was so productive. Two thousand, three thousand words a day poured out of my brain and into my laptop. I edited and polished and produced. And then this year I changed jobs and summer hit.


My kids aren’t little, but they are super distracting, and my new job happens almost every day. EVERY DAY! I know, I know, the rest of you are thinking I’m crazy. (I did warn you this was the whiny blog, didn’t I?) Other writers get up at five in the morning or are typing long after everyone has gone to bed. Well, I can’t do that. At least not the writing at night thing. I fall asleep on the couch between 8 and 9 pm, most nights. My husband is always waking me up to send me to bed and my brain is mush.

Okay, then there is the writing in the early morning thing—before work. My brain takes time and coffee to wake up so I’ve been doing other work at 5 in the morning. Like writing blogs. A little caffeine and a fantastic spell-check and I can write non-fiction. I can even edit other people’s fiction, but create my own? That takes me being a more awake, a lot more sunshine.and way more coffee.

So this year my Fall will be a true New Year. I’ll be re-immersing myself in writing after a ton of editing last year and a summer spent reacting to everyone else’s needs. This fall I will be putting writing first and tell everyone else to go away. This year, I’ll be the no excuses writer. The one who I read about who says they write 8 hours a day and don’t let anyone or anything stop them!

Because I’m not giving up. No way. No how.

What happens to you when you have one of those seasons that takes away from what you really want to do? Does the whiner in you come out? Are you like me and whine, have the pity party, then pull up the big girl boots and move on to the work?

Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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11 responses to “Fall Resolutions, Part – The Whine

  1. I’ll be interested in part II. I had a slow summer (no kids to blame). I’ve got a deadline looming and almost 1/2 of the book to write. I’ve got a plan, but like you – my brain turns to mush around 9:30.

    Oh, and happy new year. 🙂

    • Happy New Year to you too! There are some writers who can write, write, write all year, but I think for some of us that would lead to burn out. Using the cycles of the year to write may be a more natural way to do it. Summer might be someone’s productive time, but given the general slump on our mutual goal setting group, I being to think that it may be the time to do other things. Renovations, clean, craft, vacation, even edit. But not write new material. Or at least, not write a lot of new material. Winter’s chill and sitting by the fire looking out at the snow may be more writing weather. Of course, a productive writer writes every day, so I’m struggling with that!

      • I am considering planning on taking an entire month off from new words in 2015. Shocking, I know. LOL Right now I have no guilt Sundays. I don’t have to write, I can, but if I don’t, no wet noodles for me. 🙂

  2. A few years ago I turned the clock back (or forward?) on my resolutions to align with my birthday, my new year, and it’s that time again. Timing of your post is awesome, Jessica, because I started what was supposed to be a to-do list this morning. I wasn’t thinking about my birthday, the fall, or the coming year, just today, and ended up writing out a 1-year plan.

    I find it easier to know what to do when I have that list and take the time to really think about where I want to be and what I need to do to get there. Unfortunate for me, knowing and doing aren’t quite the same thing. And that’s my whine, not to be confused with the wine I thought I was going to get when I clicked on your link! lol

    • I’ll take a little wine with the whine! Happy Birthday and Happy New Year, Sherry! And Happy 1 year plan, too! I love having a 1 year plan, it always changes, and that’s just fine. I’m not sure I would ever get as far as I do with my goals if I didn’t both set them ahead of time and also allow for changes, and possibly falling short. Falling short is okay, but how would you know you need to re-evaluate if you didn’t have the goals in the first place?

  3. Carole St-Laurent

    I get what you mean. My kids are moved out so that settles this portion of getting the house to myself. But now my husband works out of home, so I NEVER have the house to myself. I swear, this week, I just wish he’d go on the road.

    • I think I’d have to get an office out of the house if Jeff was home all the time. Actually, that’s happened occaisionally and he usually is up in his office working, but our working rhythms are off. He’s in sales, so he’s on the phone the whole time and he’s a pacer when he talks. And he’s LOUD! I think we could work it out, but it happens so rarely that he’s home, when I am, and we’re both working, and the kids are gone, that we haven’t ever really tried. Good luck with trying to get your working rhythms down with your husband!

  4. Jessica, LOL I love this post. To answer your question at the end, I guess I’m like you. I whine, give myself a short pity-party similar to the one I mentioned in my presentation for CRW in regard to bad reviews, and then get back to it. I have to admit, though, it’s usually because I have missed writing so much, that I’m excited about it again.

    Also like you, I have always considered the start of school to be the real new year. Up until May I worked in a high school, so it definitely made sense. UNLIKE you, I haven’t taken on a different job, I retired. Of course, that means I can write eight hours a day now, correct? WRONG! I can’t believe I ever got books written when I worked as busy as I am now that I retired.

    So, now I need to read the next installment and see how to make resolutions to put my writing as primary, or at the very least second on my list.
    Thanks for a fun and inspiring post. –Sandra

    • Your talk really did help me get motivated to figure out what is going on with my time and my writing. Part of my issue is that my schedule keeps changing and I do much better with a really rigid schedule. Oh, well. We must adapt!

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