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Work. Write. Sleep. Repeat.

Staying motivated is a never-ending chore. It's true no matter what your vocation is. Assembly line worker, teacher, bartender, process server, aspiring author, whatever. It's easy to get bogged down in the same old routine.

In today's social climate, not to mention, the current actual climate (i.e. winter), I am finding it doubly difficult to stay motivated. This week in particular, I have found all avenues of my work to be utterly dissatisfying. The inconvenient snowfall that was dumped on my neck o' the woods was of no help in adding positivity to my overall mood.

My "day job" is what it is. I believe my motivation will reappear once the snow on the ground disappears. I tend to go through waxing and waning phases on a semi-regular basis.

As for my writing, I am at an odd place where I imagine many authors have been. While my first book did respectably in terms of sales and reception, it was not life-altering. That is to say, I am not able to relocate to Key West and devote all of my time to writing full time. The second Clay Sullivan book is in the editing stage, but I am in no hurry for it be released. As I eluded to before, I want to be able to attend mystery and author conventions and connect with readers of the genre in person. More accurately, I want an excuse to travel again. The world returning to some semblance of normalcy is a major factor is when the second book will be released.

Currently, I am bouncing back & forth doing research for two non-fiction books. It will be years before either is published, if at all. While I enjoy both subjects, I confess that I do not find non-fiction nearly as creatively stimulating as I do fiction.

While I have one short story in the submission pipeline, I need to get cracking on another, if I am to hit my 2021 goal of 12 rejections (or one publication). I actually enjoyed the one that I recently submitted and if it is rejected twice, I believe it will be a great anchor for my book of short stories.

Thanks for taking time to read this and I'll talk to you soon.

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