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Friday, February 8, 2019

An Ox in the Pig House... okay, Pig Year

An Ox in the Pig House... okay, Pig Year I know...

it's not the usual idiom, but it fits here. I'm an Ox - born as a Water Ox in the Asian Horoscope. So this year, starting on February 5, 2019 it's the PIG year... (I only mention this because if you're trying to figure out what year you were born in, it's not just the calendar year)

According to all of the forecasts I've read, this year is going to be GREAT... but it's going to take work. And I'm an Ox.. so work is my thing... *sigh* but I'm ready and hopefully able to do it.

A bunch of the forecasts also talk about the end of the last year for me... and the beginning of this one being a time of finishing up the work projects started in the Dog year. Which is apt, given that I was sick during the month of December 2018, in and out of the hospital. E coli is no party.

And I admit, I've been struggling to commit to a publishing schedule for 2019... hesitating because the hospital stay and the weeks after it when my body was having to work too hard to kick the bug and had me in and out of the hospital made it impossible for me to write all that I wanted to.

That's one of the problems of an indie author. There's no one who can do your work when you're sick. No one to cover for you. And there were days when I wanted to write and tried, but knew that I was pushing too hard. I was making myself more exhausted. So I copied Elsa and let it go.

I chose my sanity and my health on those days. The quiet, the sleep... it all added up to getting better faster.

But, dang... that guilt!

And this year... I want to finish those projects... those stories are still buzzing in my head.

So is there anything that you're still trying to get done from 2018?


  1. Reina, I agree, as a self-pub author you have to be your own boss. But you also have to know when to pull back and let yourself heal or get well when you are sick. I spent most of January 2018 sick and worrying over getting behind in my scheduled releases. And I ended 2018 a book and a half behind, but I'm catching up and by March, I'll be back on schedule. It didn't help we had grandchildren move down the road in 2018 either. I found myself being pulled away from my writing. But after March- I have given myself an easier schedule for 2019 in hopes of enjoying myself more and stressing less. And I love Year of the Pig! Pigs are my favorite animal! LOL

  2. I have to agree with Paty. I had major surgery in July and had to learn to kick back, let go of my writing, and take time to heal. I think as writers that we push ourselves too hard to write and create AND market. Maybe we should be enjoying our precious time on earth a little more?

  3. Reina, I'm sorry you had such a terrible time. E coli is serious! I also was sick most of December and January. Not a great way to end one year and start the next. I have my own theory and it's that creative people often have more delicate immune systems and are more prone to illnesses. Great post!

  4. I think we all struggle with keeping a publishing schedule. Sometimes Real Life gets in the way of our best intentions. Hope you're feeling much better now.


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