2017 ~ Looking Back #thinking #planning and more #thinking with @meganslayer ~ #iamwriting

Christmas Tree Blog 2017I’ve been thinking hard about this past year. It’s been an oddity. Really has. So many things have happened. You’d think 365 days wouldn’t involve that much change, but it’s unreal.

I’ve had lots of good points. I got to work with a dear friend on not one, but two projects. It was a great collaboration. I’ve been invited to work in Kindle Worlds. I’ve seen some of my best stories come out and weathered changes in editors, publishing houses as well as characters that want to be difficult. I’ve had the good fortune of being signed with a new-to-me publishing house and have had my stories from other houses that are defunct picked up by other pubs. That’s some good fortune.

But there have been some interesting, yet, tough parts of this year. I’ve seen friendships I thought were tight go kablooey. I’ve seen publishers change hands, or close. That’s been tough. I love my publishers and have had mostly fantastic experiences with them. It can’t all be wine and roses, but I’ve had a good time. I can’t complain. I’m terribly sad that one pub is closing. They weren’t the easiest, but they brought out the best in my writing. I’d rather have a hard edit than a super easy one. If I know there are issues and I’m working on them, I think it makes the whole story stronger to fix them.

I’ve had rejections this year. I don’t mind rejection–sometimes the project just isn’t for that pub–but one thing I’d love to change is the flat, blunt thanks but no thanks rejections. How can I get better if I don’t know what’s wrong with the story? I’ve had a few revise and resubmits – which I actually embrace. I prefer to know what needs fixed in order to make the grade.

I’ve seen the passing of my grandfather and the passing of my cat. Not just the family cat or a cat…my cat. My writing buddy. My snuggle baby. The one I raised from kitten-hood. I’d always wanted an orange cat and he was mine. I miss having him beside me when I write. His low pitched meow, the way he’d make the crackle sound to get my attention and how he’d seemingly appear out of nowhere to sit with me. Yep, I’m still struggling with that loss.

So I’ve been thinking. Lots of thinking. I’ve taken a few leaps this year, but I’ll save those for another post. I like to go into my year with a plan. My author friend, Cheryl Dragon, and I talk each January about the plan for that year. I’ve tried to make one, but going into 2018, it’s tougher. I’m a write by the seat of my pants kind of girl. If the story comes, I write it. If it doesn’t, I don’t force it. If it shows up, then goes away for a while, I keep the notebook full of notes there, but to the side. But this year…I’m not sure what to do. I have story ideas percolating. I’ll probably write them down and give them a chance, while keeping an eye on the market. I’m not the type of writer to write to the market. If the story is there, I run with it. If it’s not what’s popular…then I weather the storm. But as for that plan…yeah, no idea what I’m going to do. But I’m open to suggestion.

What about you? Did you get a shiny new kindle or phone for Christmas? Want to add some books on it to read? You should. Here’s a suggestion from me and one of latest short stories, Christmas Box:

Hayes Carter knows what he wants out of life — to be the best lawyer he can, to balance his work and home life and to please his Sir. This Christmas, he wants to belong to Sir for good.

Ford Rogan loves his boy, Hayes, but Ford’s not sure he’s relationship material. Hayes, though, makes him think otherwise. Then there’s that naughty Santa at the club… Submit and your wish will come true

Can Santa, even a naughty one, grant their wishes? Will the magic of the season be enough, or will they end up with nothing more than a lump of coal?

See? Not the standard here’s a gift and I hope you like it fare. A person in the box? Now, don’t get wonky on me. This isn’t a creeper story. I like feel good Christmas tales. Everything works out in the right way at the end. There’s magic, mayhem and a spanking or two. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

What about you? What’s your favorite thing about Christmas? I’d love to know!!

Want to know more about Christmas Box? Then check it out at Changeling Press! Out now and on sale!! Gotta love a sale!

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This post is also up at the Paranormal Romantics Blog:



Christmas Time with @MeganSlayer ~ the 16th Day of Christmas ~ #christmas #memories #lookingback

Christmas Tree Blog 2017

2017 has been the year for some big changes and exciting moments. There have been a few not so great moments, too. I thought I’d look back on some of the highs and lows.

Highs ~

RAGT was a success. I sold out of my books, had a great time and my presentation went fabulously. I’ve never had a book launch and Madison Sevier made out book launch for the Faeries spectacular.

Another high was writing not one but two books in the same world as Madison Sevier. She’s one of my best friends and when the Halloween antho we were in fell apart, we decided to run with what we’d written, but in her world. How cool is that? The stories worked well, we work together well and it was just a lot of fun.

I also have an announcement to make. He he he!! The first book in my former Ellora’s Cave series, Celestial Mates, has been accepted by Evernight Publishing. I’m excited to announce that. I’ve been sitting on it for a while, but now I can shout it out! I’m working on more stories for Evernight and hoping they’ll like the rest of the books in the Celestial Mates series. That series didn’t really get any traction since it came out when EC was going down big time. I wish they’d have had better traction since I love those books.

Unfortunately, for every high there is a low (Like that Sword in the Stone reference?)

Some of the lows for 2017 ~

The closing of Loose Id. Okay, so they aren’t closed yet, but still. That’s a crushing blow. I love Loose Id and working with them. I’m sure Crystal, my editor there, is probably tired of me, but she’s always been great to work with. I’ll miss them all. But the good news is that I’ll continue my Cedarwood series and Battle Scars won’t end, either. It might take me a little while to get back to them, but they aren’t done.

The biggest low of 2017 was losing my grandfather. He’s always been that strong presence. Want to get something done on time? Send in Pawpaw and it’ll go on in time. What if there’s a dinner that has to go off at a certain time? Send him in. He had a big heart and big voice. He stood taller than all of us for a long time (until a few of us–not me–got taller). He loved us all and is missed. I wish cancer hadn’t taken him. One day, no cancer. That’s what I want.

I’ve had some great times. I’ve sold a lot of books, had fun times, written some fabulous stories and made great friends. I’ll miss 2017, but I’m looking forward to the challenges of 2018. Here’s to a wonderful 2018.