Monday, 11 February 2013

Postponement Blues


Today was the original publication date for Passing Time, so I'm feeling a little blue. Due to family problems and ill health, I decided to postpone it until March 11th. Everything I started, such as guest blog tour posts and Twitter/Facebook teasers stopped. But enough of wallowing in self-pity; I'm focusing again on Passing Time and other writing projects. I also have something big planned for the A to Z challenge this year. I'll let you know more nearer the time.

How have the first few weeks of 2013 gone for you? Did you achieve everything you planned or have you made major changes like me? What strategies do you have in place for those unexpected life events that sometimes get in the way?

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  1. I thought about you today, as I still had you down for a guest post. But glad we were able to switch to March 11.
    At the moment, I'm almost on track. Almost, because I think I've overwhelmed myself with the events of the next few months.

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    1. It is to easy to become overwhelmed or underestimate just how long different projects will take. I keep reminding myself I can do it. So can you!

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  2. I'm sorry you had to postpone but family and health are more important. You'll enjoy it more too if you feel better anyway.

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  3. No, I was thinking about you today... well everyday [respectfully of course]... the world is, what the world does... I plan to plan to succeed. I am working towards it every day. I am sad that life issues are getting you down, you need to find a place where you like to be.. a book, a movie... something until the funk clears. You know we've got your back... big, bigger hugs. Hopefully some of this will make you smile and I don't come off sounding like a goon... gosh, I love that word "goon"... just say it a few times "goon", "goon"... :)

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    1. You could never sound like a goon, Jeremy. I understand exactly what you're trying to say and really appreciate it.

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  4. I'm sorry you've been having a run of sour luck, and hope things straighten themselves out for you soon. I know how anxious and disappointing it can be to wait and wait and wait, seeing publishing deadlines pushed further and further into the future.

    I suppose this will also preclude you from participation in the Martinus Publishing Spring Invitational Writing Shootout, though there's always next time. But if you somehow miraculously find the time, you can still let me know anytime before we start on March 2.

    So far, 2013 has been a time of trials for me. Setting up Martinus Publishing and getting the first anthology put together, plus planning for the next few books is quite time consuming. The closing of Pill Hill Press was a sad affair, as well. I really hope things get easier for both of us from here onwards.

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    1. Pill Hill Press closing was sad. They were the first small press publisher to accept my short stories for publication. Their anthology 2013: The Aftermath is still my favourite.

      It has been a busy start to 2013 for you. I'm excited for you and Martinus Publishing. How do you find the time?

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  5. Secondhand Shoes is here and gearing up to the blog party. Working on the second book and another series. Work. Work. And more work. And as usual certain life things get in the way.

    Hope you feel better.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  6. I'm sorry to here you're feeling blue but I certainly understand. I'm glad that you're able to start focusing on your writing projects again, and the extra wait for Passing Time will only make it more exciting in the end. Take care!

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  7. So sorry you had to postpone. Looking forward to March, though. Hope life slows down for you, soon.

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  8. Awwww lovely Ellie!! It's ok!! They're hurdles of life and you've jumped over them with style and panache! You'll be ok!! Also I hope there'll be good health for your nearest and dearest and that problems will be ironed out soon! Roll on March!! Big big hugs! Take care
    x

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  9. I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Above all care for your self. The launch date will come and we will celebrate with you!

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  10. Hi Ellie - life throws its little tantrums .. time heals and all will pass - by the 11th it'll nearly be proper Spring - and life will take on a kinder hue ..

    Look after yourself .. and I'm now progressing after a slow start to the year .. cheers Hilary

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  11. That's sad, Ellie. Hope things are picking up for you ready for March. Looking forward to hearing what you have planned for the A to Z. I'm in, too.

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  12. Aw, that is a bummer. March is a goo month though and lucky too.

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  13. Oh, please don't feel blue, Ellie! Life is a crazy thing that loves to throw curveballs at you, but even though it has its downs, there are ups, too. Sometimes you have to wait for things longer than you wanted to wait, or longer than you expected to wait, but then when you finally are able to reach what you've been waiting for, it's all the sweeter, because it has more feeling behind it -- the anticipation, the long days spent marking off the calendar, and the emotion of whatever turmoil you went through to get there.

    Publishing is an insane business, anyway, and it's not very often that things go according to plan, but I'm sure that when Passing Time does come out, everything will fall into place for you. :)

    Until then, yes, Keep Calm and Keep Writing!

    I've had to make some changes in my schedule already, quite a few that I didn't want to make. Trying to juggle writing and work, I've also had to make changes for my writing time, which hasn't been fun, either. But in the end, your work speaks for itself, so it's alright to take time if you need it.

    Best Wishes,

    Alexandra~

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  14. Hang in there Ellie! Passing Time will come our soon enough, and all of your hard work will pay off. And we'll be there to help you celebrate when it does. :-)

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  15. Life happens, Ellie. We all certainly understand that. I would have made room for you one way or another in March. :) No matter what, I'll be waiting to root you on and help you promote your book.

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  16. Sorry to hear you've had to postpone your launch, and I hope things get better for you and your family. Life can throw a pretty mean curve ball sometimes. Anyway, take care and just think, March is practically around the corner. (:

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  17. It'll be all the more sweet once it is published, but you did the right thing. You have to enjoy the moment.

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  18. Definitely haven't been writing as much as I hoped. And I should be. Hope the launch does go well!

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  19. Postponing is better than ending, right? Your book launch will still happen.

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  20. I look at changes in plans as happening for a reason. Maybe your book gets even more attention because of the change in date, etc. Life is a series of changes that build us, bit by bit, into who we are. Be at peace about it and don't let it get you down. :)

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  21. New Year goals start in February for me, once I've ditched the things I can't be bothered doing! I may have to steal your 'Keep Calm...' picture. ;-)

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  22. Sorry your stuff got postponed!! That's a bummer,but maybe it will work out better this way. You never know. It looks like you have a lot of support out here in internet land so I'm sure when the book does come out, it will be an awesome launch!

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  23. Take care of yourself. I once ran my health down by working too hard on a novel.

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  24. This time next year it will all be in the past. So keep that in mind, now only lasts a very short time.

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