In 2009, I was doing book signings in local bookstores and I was highly motivated to not let the next book take as long as the first one. I even participated in the Nanowrimo challenge that November. And, yes, I succeeded in writing a draft of a novel within those 30 days. I was quite proud of myself and I was determined to give my career as a novelist all I got.
What happened? A phone call. This phone call changed my life forever and changed my plans for the near future. This phone call became the adventure that would become the adoption of my two little boys. Two weeks later I was caring for a new born and getting to know his 18 month old brother. I don't think I need to tell you that my time became theirs. I spent the next four years mainly taking care of them.
Now, that they are older I am able to do other things such as write. My biggest challenge at the moment is not letting anything else distract me from my plans. I have two drafts (including the one written in November of 2009) I must polish before it can be presented to any publishing house. And I also plan to participate in the Nanowrimo contest again this year. That experience was quite uplifting and I am hoping it will give me a push into the good habit of writing daily.
I hope you will follow me on this new quest.