How are you? Not the pat answer you give without thinking, but the raw answer that comes from deep within after a few weeks of drastic schedule change because of a global epidemic.
Me? Overall, well. I am able to focus on the health of my family here with me and in my hometown in Upstate NY. My husband is still working from home and little has changed for him. Our kids are remote learning. Our son’s girlfriend is on the front lines at Dollar General ministering to a scared public with her smile and kind words. I do not take for granted what we have, nor the sacrifice friends and strangers are putting out there by showing up to work. I also have cried reading updates from fellow authors who have loved ones in the hospital or have even lost family members. It’s hard, and it’s important to admit that.
I’ve read that authors are struggling to focus even though many excuses that take us out of the home are gone. I can relate. I’ve spent more time trying to solve Dateline crimes than getting a word count in. However, I have pressed in and have been able to get some work done.
I do have a project outside of IR that is finishing a series where our teen daughter with special health needs is my co-author. We’re nearly done with You’re Brilliant, and being home together has helped us get a lot written.
In the IR department, I have a new series that I’ve fought to take from mind to laptop that I’m so excited about. Anchored is the first book in Surrendering Opinions, a series about sextuplets who stay in the national spotlight after tragedy. I took yet another break from writing to finish You’re Brilliant, but the story is always on my mind. In my time home I had a trial period with a stock photo company and I was able to download images for the six book covers. That’s huge. It’s helped me form a better profile of the characters, the family, and their personalities. I’m more excited than ever to return to writing.
I’d love to share a snapshot of what Anchored is about:
Jordyn Bell Collins is the first of the sextuplets, and she takes her oldest sibling role seriously. She’s following in her late mom’s footsteps as a reporter at the local news station with her eyes set on national news, just like her mom’s best friend, Julia Turmeric. Although Jordyn’s focus is a bit frayed with her dad’s new marriage and keeping track of her siblings, she’s ready to check off all her goals as complete before the “Collins Six” turns 25.
Spencer Hart never expected he’d be caregiving for his teen brother and his grieving dad after the loss of his mother when Spencer was in college. His vision was he’d graduate, marry, and be the six o’clock anchor at his local Upstate NY news station. When the executives call him in, he learns their ideas aren’t anywhere near his. They’ve tapped him and Jordyn Collins to co anchor the new morning show, Early Rise and Shine.
Can these two surrender their control and let God become the anchor of their lives?
It’s rough, but it’s a snapshot of what I’m working on. Now, to stop watching Dateline...
How about you? Are you ahead on projects during this time at home, or behind?