The best laid plans of mice and…Mags

I always start a shiny New Year filled with plans and goals. I’m one of those nutjobs who likes goals and lives for deadlines. But, for the first time since my debut release in 2011 I’m actually mostly caught up, and I’m not quite sure how to handle that.

I feel a bit…cast adrift.

It’s not that I don’t have projects in progress. I had a release in December (Three Little Words-Maggie Wells)

Three Little Words_Maggie Wells (683x1024)

and another last week (Spring Chickens-Margaret Ethridge)


The promo is rolling, all is well.

I also have two more releases scheduled for this year, but both are pretty much ready to go. I have two new manuscripts I’m in the process of revising, and a warren full of plot bunnies hopping around.

So you see, it’s not that I’m lacking things to do, it’s just that—for the first time in a long time—I’m not running around like my hair is on fire.

Before I go on whining, let me disclose that that I did this to myself. On purpose.

Simplifying my life seemed like such a good idea, both personally and professionally. I needed to slow things down. Focus. Take time to plan my next steps.

So I started with the easy stuff. I pared down my social media outlets and decided to pay more attention to my own site/blog. Changes in the publishing landscape and my own life had made keeping my pen names separate less of an issue, so I decided to combine two websites into one and maintain a single blog.


Best decision ever! I love the new look and the upkeep is so much easier. Check it out here.

That taken care of, I started tackling one of my two mostly written manuscripts. I don’t know about you, but revisions always seem like a much bigger deal in my head than they turn out to be on paper. I had a hard time making myself start, but once I got into it, things started to flow.

Then I got wind of some disappointing news.

And a little feedback that was less than effusive.

Oh, and the dog was whiny, I got a pimple on my chin, and that man who lives in my house is bugging me. Hey, do you watch Scandal? How about Arrow?


So at the moment, I am looking at partial derailment and trying to decide if it’s better to try to fix some things, or offload and start on a new track.

In other words, I’m 16 days into the New Year and my shiny plans and goals are looking a bit…tarnished.

So how about you? What do you do to regroup after things don’t unfold as you’d hoped? Share a few helpful hints on how to get this writing machine back up and running, and I’ll gift one commenter with copies of both Three Little Words (spicy) and Spring Chickens (sweet).



The best laid plans of mice and…Mags — 7 Comments

  1. Setting priorities and simplifying life–personally and professionally is so important. I am trying to streamline things, too. I think combining your sites was a good idea. I let go of one of two blogs a couple of years ago for that same reason. Heck, I barely keep up with the one site. :-)

  2. Maggie, I’m right there with you. I had a setback recently too (read: rejection) that has tarnished the goals I set for myself at the start of the year. I too am wondering if I should carry on with my plans, or start something new entirely. I’m hoping the answer becomes clearer in weeks ahead. Good luck to you!

  3. Word, Maggie. Word. I’ve been a less than stellar author to kick off this year, but it’s still very early on. Once I kill off this cold with the world’s supply of vitamin C, I plan on upping my game. My life is about to get a whole lot busier, and somehow that’s when I can find the most focus and tackle projects at a blistering pace. Let’s hope that’s the case this time around too. :)

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