It’s nearly two years since I’ve posted on this website, and during that time I’ve faced some of the biggest personal challenges in my life so far – depression and anxiety, grief, betrayal. I think sometimes the only thing you can do is keep your head above water and once the waves settle, start swimming again. So that is what I did. I kept my head above the water and I hope now it’s safe to start swimming again.
So, what’s happened writing wise since my last post?
- I finished my book! Yay me. ?
I got lots of positive feedback from my critique partners and beta readers, though the perfectionist in me is still not happy with the quality of the beginning. I shall let it sit while I focus on my next project, then review the three alternative starts I’ve written. Fresh eyes will be needed.
- I’ve committed to writing a novella for an anthology my writer’s group is publishing later in the year. This is a commitment that scares me a little, but my confidence needs a win and my group is so supportive and amazing. It will be a paranormal new adult romance set in my Soul Guardian universe. (The same universe as my YA trilogy – the first book of which is done – see above dot point – yay me.)
- I’ve changed my author name to L.J. Langdon. Not because I don’t like my real name. I just decided I needed a professional ‘hat’ to wear to put some emotional distance between me and my work. Like a persona, I can step in to and out of. I can’t explain. It just helps me be less critical and more objective.
So, that’s it. I’m going to keep swimming for now. Let myself heal and celebrate the small wins.