Sunday Update – March 26, 2017

Sunday Update – March 26, 2017

What a long and tiring week!! I’m so glad it’s over because this was definitely the last week of obligations for a while, and I needed to get through it.

The week started off rough. I pulled something in my lower left back on Saturday and it hurt all the way through Wednesday, finally ceasing when I went to the chiropractor and got an adjustment. Back pain can really take me out of commission but I know how to deal with it now. Lots of heat, rolling on the foam roller, and walking helps too. Walking loosens things up and as long as I stretch when I’m done, I can feel 100x better after a walk. Still, it definitely was a bummer to start out the week that way.

I *am* making great progress on my two novels-in-progress. I’m writing Daydreamer 4 and Hikoboshi 2 at the same time, cycling one book each day. The ideas are flowing and I’m enjoying living in both worlds at once. I think it helps that both books are very different from one another, so I’m not getting tripped up by going back and forth. By April 1st, I hope to get to the point where I’m writing at least 1500 words on each book each day, but I’m not there yet. Soon! My goal is to be finished with both books by June 1st.

A few other work-related things happened this week, besides finishing with all the teasers for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP. One of my books, SUMMER HAIKUS, just has not performed well at all. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars, close to thousand, on this book between editing, covers, book tours, promotions, and sales, and it’s made a grand total of $130 in almost two years. Sigh. Recently, I’ve been trying to revive it with Amazon ads, which are doing moderately well for my other books, and even those are a big fat loss. I’ve had some clicks and no buys. Someone recently asked me, when I talked about taking it off sale, “What’s the harm of keeping it up for sale?” There are a couple of reasons why it’s not good to keep this book up for sale. (1) Its sales rank is plummeting fast and some buyers pay attention to that. (2) Its also-boughts are beginning to disappear. This happens when a book doesn’t get traffic or sales for a long time. It also makes the book less appealing. (3) I don’t think I can revive my romance career. I don’t think people want books about Asians in romantic settings, despite the cries for “diverse books.” It appears people only want diverse books of a certain kind.

So, I’m trying one more thing to bring SUMMER HAIKUS back from the brink of de-listing, and I plan to talk about it on the blog later this week once it’s all ready. I hope you’ll share the news once it’s out there! If this doesn’t work, I’ll be taking both SUMMER HAIKUS and FACE TIME off sale in the summer. I’ve sold more of FACE TIME but it’s been available longer. Still, it’s also a hard book to sell.

Some of these thoughts about my career are coming because I’m moving forward with learning more about advertising and marketing. I just bought the Ad For Authors course from Mark Dawson & The Self-Publishing Formula and I’m learning how to focus my efforts on my brand and advertise to Facebook. I want to focus on my two better-perfoming genres, sci-fi and mystery, especially since my romance has never done well. But maybe with advertising, those two romances CAN do well. So I’m going to give it a shot. It’s a last ditch effort, but I’m willing to try it.

To finish off the week, my oldest had her 10th birthday on Wednesday. Where does the time go? She was just a baby the other day! And then we celebrated yesterday by taking her friends to see Beauty & The Beast and then pizza and ice cream cake afterward. I’m glad the party went well and everyone had a great time! I’m also glad it’s over as that was the last of my huge personal commitments for the coming months. ๐Ÿ™‚

What else happened this week?

My park was still struggling to deal with all the snow we had the previous week.

You know what’s going for a hurting back? A heating pad and a very strong drink.

I crossed the 10k mark in Hikoboshi 2!

I had sushi twice this week. It was needed.

The geese were very bold this week!

I enjoyed the first two modules of my FB Ads for Author course, with some Girl Scout cookies!

Coming this week on the blog: more information about SUMMER HAIKUS, and who knows what else!

Teaser Thursday – Mother And Daughter

It’s Teaser Thursday time (and the last teaser!) for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP! Mei and her mom have been through some hard times, and even though this book strains their relationship to the very limit, they still remain true to their morals and ideals. People do take advantage of them, though, and remembering that they should guard their hearts is the last thing they want to do.

THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP is now available! Get caught up with Mei and her hometown of Chikata, or start the series with THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE and see how it all started.

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Teaser Tuesday – Birds

It’s Teaser Tuesday time for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP! One of the creepy moments in the book that I wonder if readers caught were these phone calls Amanda gets where all she hears are birds. Once you read the book, you may figure out who was calling her, but for that moment, when Amanda is actually scared and not being a total bitch, Mei sees the fear in her eyes, and she doesn’t care. Funny how that happens. When you get mistreated enough, it’s hard to feel empathy for those that wronged you.

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Sunday Update – March 19, 2017

It appears I was so wiped out from my trip last weekend that I forgot to upload a photo to Instagram on Monday! That rarely happens, but I’m not surprised. It was a very hectic weekend away with camping in the freezing cold woods.

After I recovered from camping on Monday, the week took a turn. We had a major blizzard here in the Northeast, and my kids had snow days on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday was relatively fine and everyone was good about entertaining themselves while my husband and I continued to get work done. Wednesday was the killer of the two days. I didn’t understand why they called off school, but I guess the district needed another day for snow removal. Still, the whole world got by with no problem. The cleaning ladies showed up and my kids still went to tennis. The roads were clear. *shrugs shoulders* Yeah, I don’t get why we had an additional snow day either. So now there’s massive piles of snow EVERYWHERE, and of course, I hate it. Winter is my nemesis, and snow even more so. I can’t wait for it to melt and go away.

Thursday, everyone went back to school and I got back to work. Right now, I’m in that slow beginning stage on two new books, Daydreamer 4 and Hikoboshi 2. I’m feeling out where I want to start each of them and where I want them to go. Beginnings and ends are always really tough for me to write. I want them to be powerful, to really grab the reader and pull them in, then leave them satisfied at the end. So that’s where I spend the majority of my time. I’m a little over 5k on both books and I’m trying to get them both to the end of the first act, when I’ll then split my time on them and go back and forth. My goal is to finish both by June 1. I think I can hit that. Once that’s done, I’ll be preparing the sci-fi books to publish in the summer and fall.

Friday was St. Patrick’s Day. I worked in the morning and went to the gym to lift weights then to Whole Foods for lunch where they had some kids playing Irish music on stringed instruments. It was quite entertaining.

Yesterday, Saturday, was spent working again. I did two sessions of walking and dictating on the treadmill. Walking and dictating are going well for me and I really enjoy the process of doing both at the same time. Also, it’s been great for my hands! I experience very little pain anymore in my fingers. I love my Dragon!

What else happened this week?

When I’m working out plot points, I’m trying to do it longhand into notebooks first before transferring over to Evernote. It helps me concentrate on just the story and not be distracted by notifications on my computer.

It’s time for the sumo spring championship going on in Osaka now! My husband and I have our favorites and we love sitting down to watch the highlights.

St. Patrick’s Day entertainment at my local Whole Foods.

And we started watching Swiss Family Robinson last night with the kids! It’s one of my favorite movies from when I was a kid. So far they love it, but we stopped it last night in the middle because it was bedtime.

Coming up this week on the blog: the last two teasers for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP. I hope you’ve enjoyed them so far!

Teaser Thursday – Fixer-Upper

It’s Teaser Thursday time for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP! Amanda’s goal when she comes back into Yasahiro’s life is to unseat Mei, get her to question Yasahiro and all his motives. Now, Yasahiro is a pretty stand-up guy and there’s not much about him to dislike, but Amanda does a great job of sowing the seeds of doubt. She’s desperate to get her life back, and if that means ruining Mei’s vision of Yasahiro with lies, so be it.

THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP is now available! Get caught up with Mei and her hometown of Chikata, or start the series with THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE and see how it all started.

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Teaser Tuesday – Like A Shark

It’s Teaser Tuesday time for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP! Continuing with the water analogies in this book, Mei feels very lost at sea once Amanda rolls into town and starts her campaign to get Yasahiro back. How do you out-swim a shark who will circle you till you die? You get a harpoon, that’s how.

THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP is now available! Get caught up with Mei and her hometown of Chikata, or start the series with THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE and see how it all started.

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Sunday Update – March 12, 2017

Well, obviously this is a belated update. Lol. Since it’s going up on Monday instead of Sunday. I spent the weekend away at a camping trip with my oldest kid and while it was a lot of fun, it was also a lot of work! The main work for me as Mom was to carry around stuff for my kid as she did all the activities. Not usually a bad thing, but it was 5ยบF outside most of the time. Lots of getting bundled up, trudging through the snow and trying not to slip and fall, then getting to our destination and taking all the layers off again. Plus I couldn’t find my snow boots before we left, and I had to wear sub-optimal shoes. So I was double worried about falling and hurting myself, which is totally something I would do. I almost fell once and then my kid slipped and fell pretty hard. But she’s okay!

Anyway, it was fun for both of us. We socialized a lot and spent plenty of time away from the internet. I had barely any connectivity there. We were driving up into the wilderness and I lost cell phone coverage and I STILL DROVE FOR ANOTHER 30 MINUTES into the wilderness before we got to the campground. That’s how remote the place is. Lol. We stayed in a well heated cabin and most of the activities were indoors, but DAMN it was cold. Ugh. I’m sure it’s beautiful in the summer.

Earlier in the week, I started writing Daydreamer 4 and Hikoboshi 2! Yeah, I’m going to write on the two books at once for as long as I can. So far, so good. I have two chapters written in each and most of the first acts planned out. I hope to get moving on them again tomorrow.

Tomorrow, the weather service is predicting BLIZZARD conditions here with white-out blowing snow and at least a foot or two of the white stuff. I’m expecting school to be closed. But I’m sure I’ll talk about that next week.

What else happened this week?

Writing began in earnest this week with the creation of notebooks and dictating into my new voice recorder.

Spent two days proofreading my critique partner’s work! Check out LANDING LUCK by Tracy Krimmer!

I had to sit down and figure out the timeline for all the books in the Daydreamer series and what was to come! So I printed out a calendar and started marking down days. ๐Ÿ™‚

This fortune was MADE FOR ME.

Away at camp, my kid did great with archery! She hit the target three times in a row! Then she took a screen printing class, which was pretty cool.

I worked on a lanyard for a bit on Saturday to catch my breath.

The greens in the greenhouse at camp looked mighty tasty.

And it was very cold and snowy up there!

Coming up this week on the blog: two new teasers for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP.

Teaser Thursday – Fields In Spring

It’s Teaser Thursday time for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP! One of the lovely things about writing this series, for me, is the down time between drama, the kissing in the kitchen, the slurp of noodles, or the walk from town out to Mei’s mom’s house. We’ve hit spring in this book, and now the fields are turning green.

THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP is now available! Get caught up with Mei and her hometown of Chikata, or start the series with THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE and see how it all started.

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