I’ve been in a weird headspace this year. I don’t remember when it started but I’m sorry to say that I allowed it to diminish my passions.
Reading? Have gone through maybe a handful of books, if that. TV? My TV has been on for a total of roughly 5 hours this year. Writing? Hardly at all. Crafting? Nope.
I’ve made excuses and dismissed it as laziness and procrastination when I had an epiphany Friday afternoon, gazing outside at the snow globe taking place. As I watched the fluffy snow swirl around before settling gently on the ground I realized that, as Taylor Swift recently sang:
It’s me. Hi. I’m the problem, it’s me.
No one is going to stand behind me with a baseball bat to coerce me into getting my writing done. There are no mercenaries I could hire to hold a gun to my head till I meet my word count. If I want to live part of my life in the blissful world of make-believe I have to get there on my own.
So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to finish editing The Last Seer, I’m going to send it to my agent, and then I’m going to get on my knees and beg for mercy after watching so many self-imposed deadlines pass me by this year.
Hi and Hello Everyone! Sorry for going MIA. Last week was crazy busy!
October 16th – Motor City Comic Con
Motor City Comic Con – aka MC3, took place October 14th – 16th in Novi, MI at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Met Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer from Supernatural) and got his autograph and had an absolute blast!
October 17-20 – Erie, PA
Monday Morning I hopped on the road and drove almost 300 miles to Erie, PA for work. I trained with someone at that satellite office and drove back Thursday.
October 21st – Traverse City
Last, but definitely not least, Friday morning I got back in the car and made the hop/skip/jump to Traverse City for the wedding of my dear friend Nic (Nicole). I was a bit worried as I knew the ceremony was outdoors and it was the third weekend in October in Michigan. So Mother Nature herself clearly blessed their union as it was a gorgeous, cloudless, 65 degree day.
And so does my throat after all the screaming I did at the Lizzo concert last Thursday at Little Cesar’s Arena! When I tell you Lizzo puts the show in showmanship? She’s amazing!
In other spectacularly fantastical news, my baby sister is in town!
Laura, my younger sister, is the focal point of an entire album in my camera roll. I am so proud of the woman she’s become and am so grateful to have her as a sister.
That being said, she moved from the UP – a 10 hour drive away – to NEW MEXICO. So now instead of a day long road trip, if I want to visit her I have to hop on a 5ish hour plane ride and then drive two hours. So suffice it to say, I’ve been going through severe sister withdrawal.
We went to Target and Olgas and the mall and Parmenter’s Cider Mill.
This past weekend was the announcement of who was chosen to participate in the filming of the show’s pilot and it was nerve wracking to say the least. Full transparency, I checked the application status page multiple times a day. Like…double digits.
But Saturday finally came and with it, the announcement!
It’s a no from the judges. And honestly? I’m a little relieved. Opportunities like this will come up again, but when I’m ready. The universe knew I wasn’t at this juncture and so, didn’t make this available to me.
I celebrated my birthday (belated) this past Saturday. the 24th, at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly, MI. I was fortunate enough to spend it with two of my favorite people, Sam and Amanda.
Fun, faire, and food (in the form of turkey legs). What could be better?
It rained on and off with an average of 60 degrees throughout but at least, for the first year in a good long while, I didn’t have to worry about heat stroke!
This Saturday I learn whether or not I need to start saving to fly out for the filming of the America’s Next Great Author pilot. I’m of two minds about it to be totally transparent. The part of me that wants to excel as an author and broaden my horizons is raring to go at this opportunity. The part of me that likes cuddling in a blanket with cocoa on a rainy day would be ok not getting selected.
Well I did it. I wrote a 10 pager of one of my many works in progress, I filmed (with my bestie’s help) an audition video, and I wrote a pitch and author bio. The deadline was this past Thursday and, in true Emma fashion, I just barely made it.
I did my best to stand out in the video and be my genuine, quirky self while still getting my pitch across in the 60 seconds allotted. Of the thousands of authors that I’m sure have also applied, only 20 are going to be selected. So the odds are hardly in my favor and yet, hope remains alive within me!
The book I pitched for the application is a personal favorite called Phantasia. Phantasia is what happens when Inception and Alice in Wonderland have a baby. It’s very trippy and fun and I am lowkey obsessed with the possibilities available to me.
I’m not sure what I expected from an in-store book signing but, for a first time, it wasn’t terrible. In the three hours I was there I sold 10 books, three of which were purchased by bookstore employees.
It was a learning experience and I had some great conversations with the store patrons who decided to stop by my table.
Live and learn.
My next/last event of 2022 is at Spirited Seas Ren Faire in Battle Creek, MI this November!
Sorry for going AWOL for a bit. My new job has been occupying a good deal of my energy along with a new guy that shows promise and revising Seer.
That being said, burnout is real and so this trip I took this past weekend was perfectly timed. My bestie Amanda’s family has a lakeside cottage in Indiana so, after work Friday, I booked it home and we got on the road.
There was a small scare en route when we learned that the AC may not be working but fortunately that crisis was averted. I am not a fun person to be around when at risk of overheating.
As you can see from the above pictures I had a blast out on the lake and got tons of sun (not pictured but I got a killer sunburn on my nose).
I also took many many naps when I wasn’t out by or in the lake. All in all, a successful weekend.
In other news, only two years and five months after release, The Sword & Shield gets its time in the spotlight! I will be at The Book Warehouse of Howell Saturday, September 3rd from 1PM-4PM selling (and signing) copies of my book! I would absolutely LOVE to see some of you there!