What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Adventures in Authoring May 4, 2018

As I type this blog, I am sitting on my tour bus seat with my computer perched on my lap. (Don’t tell my chiropractor). During the seven months of tour, this seat has been my bed, my office, my sofa, my kitchen.

The thing is, if I didn’t have a writing career, if I were just being a full time actor and living a leisurely tour life, I would have so much time to read and play. But I have an author career to maintain. I wouldn’t want to change a thing. Smashing all my time into writing when I’m not eating and sleeping is a worth the sacrifice.

Generally, I wake up, crawl my way onto the bus, and sleep through quiet hours. Then it’s time for lunch, during which I work on managing my social media accounts. Afternoon on the bus is writing and editing time. Get to the hotel at 3:30-ish, work/swim if there’s a pool, scrounge for dinner. Get on the bus to go to the venue at 5:15-ish. Get to the theatre, cram writing work in between meetings, sound check, and the show. Get back to the hotel at 10:45-ish. Work until about 2am. Go to bed. Start the whole process over bright an early the next morning.

There are times where variations happen. If we’re in a city for more than a day, I can sneak away for a few hours if there’s a hiking trail available. If there’s a really great brewery, I’ll sacrifice a bit of my word count to sample the local brews. But really it’s a lot of time pushing through to get things done.

But it’s worth it because by the end of this tour I will have
Released two books:

Boy of Blood (Girl of Glass, #2)

The Girl Without Magic (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1)

Edited one project to turn in:

Ten Things Not to Do When Everyone is Trying to Kill You (The Tale of Bryant Adams, #2)

Written and submitted two projects:

The Girl Locked in Gold (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #2)

Night of Never (Girl of Glass, #3)

Written the first draft of one book:

The Girl Cloaked in Shadow (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #3)

Released one short story:

The Child Wound in Gold (from the world of The Chronicles of Maggie Trent)

Built my Mailing list from zero to reach thousands of people.

Joined the Instafreebie platform and reached out to thousands of new readers.

Did massive amounts of research and reading on author marketing and platform building.

And all that’s on top of performing in eighty-eight cities.

And no one died.

And that’s a lot. A lot of hours worked, and a lot of tasks accomplished.

Am I exhausted? Sure. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

It’s been a crazy journey, and as I prepare to bid my bus seat ado for the last time, I would like to extend a whole-hearted thank you to all those who have helped, consoled, and cheered on this epic journey.

Here’s to the next adventure!





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