Inspiration, the elusive creature.

Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far. My week has been rather busy. My fellas are in the midst of their first full week of school (I know, it’s super early, that’s just the way they roll here in the AZ). It’s been a bit of a scramble to get back into the habit of school and homework and fitting in music lessons and Spanish lessons and laundry and well the list goes on and on. It was also my fellas’ birthday and though we aren’t having their party until the end of this month, we did do presents and cupcakes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love giving my fellas gifts, it’s just a lot of work to get them wrapped and unwrapped. I really hate whoever designs the packages for toys They are horrible, horrible people who don’t have kids and certainly don’t have twins. Trying to take toys out of packaging while a small child waits, dancing on tip-toes and chanting “hurry up” is rather nerve-wracking. It’s even harder when it’s done in stereo! But we all survived. I decided to have them open their presents from me (and my parents) now so we wouldn’t have to lug the stuff to their party (and then home) along with everything else we will be lugging.

I’ve also been working on party preparations. It’s been an ongoing process for a couple months now, mostly because I just do a little bit at a time. But the theme is Harry Potter (because we all love HP and those books got my boys excited about reading) and it’s going to be amazing! You can see some of the things I’ve done over at my other blog Piazza Parties.

I haven’t had a whole lot of time to write. I really need to get my chapter titles done for The Maladroit. You guys and gals can be my accountability people, I want to have them done and entered into my MS file by next week. If I don’t, you have my permission to give me serious grief! I’m still waiting to get my cover art as well. I need to get on the ball so I can publish this sucker. I’m excited to enter the foray of self-publishing and it’s hard not to daydream about being a best-seller. I know I have to be realistic but it’s still fun to think about what could be.

I also received word from a talented young lady about publishing one of her books as well. I am so excited she’s finally agreed to let me publish one of her works. I have read a bunch of stuff that she’s written and I am over the moon that she will soon(er or later) have a book released under the Writing Piazza Press banner! Now I just have to get a certain gentleman to agree too, you know who you are! haha But no pressure (well, not a lot of pressure lol).

I’ve been trying to work on the sequel to The Maladroit as well, I’m just feeling stuck as far as plot goes. I have no idea what the plot will/should be. It’s weird, because I didn’t really have one when I started writing The Maladroit, I just started writing and the plot developed as I wrote. But for this second book, I’m just blocked and completely uninspired. Inspiration is a fickle beast, though I have been stalking it for weeks, it still eludes me. But I will continue my hunt, and I will not rest until I have captured it and made it mine.

My plans for this coming week will be:

1. Finish my chapter titles.

2. Bug my cover artist guy for my cover art.

3. Write some more of my sequel book.

What are your goals for this week? Let’s help keep each other accountable. I think people are more successful that way. Also, in case you missed it, I announced the second writing contest for The Writing Piazza. You should definitely enter, the prize this time is fantastic and you will also be helping an amazing cause. Check out the announcement HERE for the details.

Have an incredible rest of your week!

Until we meet again.

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    I’ve been working on a sequel to a book that was launched in June. It’s difficult to write the second when you are so busy marketing the first one! But I love hearing from people who loved the first and that is my inspiration to keep going on “the rest of the story”.. Being a schoolteacher in NJ, we don’t start until early September, so I need to get my butt into gear! Good luck on yours! – Susan Kotch (

    • Kara

      Awe, thank you for the encouragement Susan! Writing can be such a lonely pursuit with long bouts of time with little to no positive validation. It’s always great when someone takes the time to offer encouragement so thank you for that!

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