Well, this is a tough subject for me. I’ve been an author for over 10 years, published first in print then I jumped deep into ebooks. Now I own my own print/ebook publishing house with 2 additional imprints. I’m also a wife of thirty years and mom to young me aged 21 and 13 now. Oh, and a grandmother of one toddler, too. Finding the time to write has been increasingly difficult as the business and family grew.
I began publishing so many terrific authors I was convinced no one would notice I wasn’t putting out as many titles as before. Wouldn’t readers rather I make it possible for them to have all those other awesome storyteller than just me? I thought so. I mean I haven’t stopped writing, I mange a short story once or twice a year — just barely.
Recently, as in the last six months, I have been feeling like something is missing, something not quite right by the end of the day. Like I lost something and can’t remember what I lost. Weird, huh? It’s not that I’m not busy. Running a successful press and imprints is a huge commitment from not only me, but my family as they handle life with me as an absent mom/wife a lot.
But I’ve been noticing that scenes, scenes that depict an event in an unknown story, have started coming to me at night again. Most of my books have been written because of a character or scene that popped into my head as soon as I lay down to sleep. It’s like they can’t flow out into my consciousness until I’m horizontal. Weird again, I know. And I’m starting to lose that feeling of having forgotten something at the same time.
I think want I lost was my inspiration to write and I couldn’t remember where I left it. Luckily for me, it just might be coming back. Which is a great thing because I don’t seem to be complete without.
I sent out a challenge to my authors at MLR Press for Christmas stories with the promise I would write one as well. So far with have 37 Christmas stories lined up, hopefully one a day starting on Black Friday until New’s Year Day. And guess what? I think I have the beginning of mine rolling around in my head. I know a lot of people are going “well, duh, of course you do” but trust me, this is a big deal. A new story! A new scene! One that wants me to write it and everything! I’m really thrilled. I’ll keep you updated! And GENETIC SNARE is open on my desktop.
Written by Laura Baumbach
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