Clearly you need to take a break from the "other book" and start writing an early-reader series: "Two Dogs in a Backpack"
The whole image of Cosmo in the bushes, then him so happy to be strapped in and carried made my day. Maybe because I empathize with his exhaustion and joy of being allowed to be exhausted. There is a story there- a very sweet one about taking it slow and being kind to yourself and allowing others to carry you when you are tired. Just saying, I wouldn’t be mad at that book.
I, too, have also not met some writing goals from 2020, and have been working on a book outside of my typical style and so close to abandoning it (but taking breaks instead). I really appreciate all of your honesty and vulnerability in this post.
Ohmigosh, JULIE. It happened again, our mental states are all synced up. (Look at what I recommended at the bottom of my latest post.) I’m sitting here nodding my head to everything you’ve written here, because a change is coming, I can feel it.
Oh, man, Julie. And here I was, working hard on my pithy bio and mission-y one-liner! LOL! :) I think you already have your stuff figured out, you know? You know what you are aiming for when you write because you've written published books that (demonstrably) do that. I think many of us newbies are still finding our way; it's not that we are trying to distill ourselves for the socials...we are trying to clarify it for ourselves. You are trying not to be boxed in, but we are trying to find our comfort zone to build a foundation on. It's just different stages of a career. Anyhow, I'm excited that someday I might find my current thoughts too confining vs. daunting! :) That's a weirdly nice/reassuring thing to hear, even if I know it comes with its own frustrations?
I love this so much!
BTW do you know about Spoonflower? They make artist designed fabrics. There are many people on there that have thousands of designs and color ways, but you can also design stuff just for yourself, have as many yards as you want printed and have your own fabric.
It was so encouraging for me to read you struggled with your creative process during the pandemic, because I did also. I am just finally coming out of pandemic shell and starting to write again. Thanks for this lovely post.