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When Life Gets in the Way of Writing

Posted in About the Author with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2017 by Dawn Ross

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Sometimes life gets in the way and sometimes one just need to take a step back. In this case, it’s a little of both.

In regards to life getting in the way, be assured that it’s nothing bad. As some of you may know, my husband and I foster kids. Generally, we only foster one at a time and one between the age of 6 and 12. A few months ago, though, we were talked into taking two teenagers, a brother and sister. We were told they were well-adjusted, well-mannered kids and this has turned out to be totally true. Still, parenting can be a busy job.

We are also in the process of adopting a two-year-old boy from China. The paperwork for this process has been a terrible headache. It’s not just a matter of filling out forms, but also a matter of gathering specific documents and making sure they are from the right sources, in the right format, with the correct information, with the right signatures, and with the right dates.


I can’t show you pics of our foster kids, but here’s the boy we’re in the process of adopting. We’re naming him Edward, or Eddie for short.

I had to take a step back from my writing and from blogging for other reasons as well. To put it simply, I just needed a break so that my mind could recharge. Not too long ago, I told you how I received feedback from a content editor. She pointed out several core story problems that I needed to work on. Although it was hard to swallow the criticism, I knew she was right. But I wasn’t entirely sure how to fix the problems.

That was back in March, 2017. Rather than ponder the problems right off, I took a few weeks off and completely stepped back from my novel. I binged on Netflix and read a few fantasy and sci-fi novels.

When I felt I had wasted enough time, I dived back in. And when I dived back in, I devoted almost all of my free time to the novel itself. I didn’t blog.

So where do things stand now? We still have our two teenagers so I still devote time to them. The adoption process is pretty much done and now we’re just waiting for the government organizations to get organized. I’ve found the time to ponder the story problems and have come up with some great ways to fix them. And now I’m in the process of rewriting parts of the novel. In fact, I believe I’m almost done.

Now that I’m back to writing and nearly finished with the rewrite, I figure it’s time to get back to blogging. This post is a rather boring and personal post, but hopefully next week I’ll be able to post something more useful for you. Any topic in particular that you’d like me to cover? Writing tips? Publishing tips? Editing tips? Or perhaps you just want to read a part of the rewrite? Feel free to comment below.

Slow Down on the Blogging – For Now?

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , on April 27, 2011 by Dawn Ross

I am working a full time job, working on my retail websites part time.  And I blog on three blogs every three days or so.  Finding content for three blogs is very difficult, to say the least.  And if I find the content, finding the time to write the content in an informative way is even more difficult.

So what am I going to do?  Well, thankfully I have a loving husband who thinks I should quit the full time job.  Because money would be tight, I haven’t taken him up on this offer – yet.  But I am tired.  We are trying to make a family but I am too stressed.  Something’s got to give and I would rather have it be the full time job.  I love the retail websites and I love to blog.

But still, I am not ready to quit just yet.  So what do I do in the meantime?  I hate to say it, but I think I am going to slow down a bit on the blogging.  I have been trying to post here every three days or so, but I think I am going to make it once a week now.  But I am going to make those posts worthwhile.  If it is not a short story, then it will be an informative post about fantasy writing or getting published.  Check out this blog on the weekend for a new post.  I will try to have a new post up as early on Saturday as possible.  When I quit that full time job, I will be back to posting something new every few days.

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