• Cheryl

Happy Hour: July Recap

What. A. Month. I'm not even sure where to start!

Good news first, I suppose, and that is that the HB90 Planning Method I wrote about earlier this summer WORKS! It keeps me focused and on track because I know exactly what needs to be done and when I need to do it, and I have a visual of where I am in the process at all times thanks to my Kanban board. If you ever have the opportunity to take the course, I highly recommend it! It's taught by indie author Sarra Cannon, and you don't have to be a writer to get something out of it. I don't know if she'll be offering it again in 2020, but I'm sure she will in the first part of 2021. Her website is sarracannon.com.

Using the HB90 Method, I have completed and launched my author website, finished my novel, and am on track to release it by the end of September!

It's been an absolute whirlwind - and this doesn't even take into consideration the other stuff going on. But I'm actually on the verge of finally realizing my lifelong dream to be a writer, and while it's been a lot of work, it's also been a LOT of fun, and I'm loving every second of it!

My pen name is Cherilyn Korber, and my website is cherilynkorber.com. I had so much fun putting the site together! I had a vision of creating a sort of parallel universe set in Bonfire Beach, where "Beached" takes place, and where people could "visit" and see what's going on there on a regular basis outside the scope of each book and interact with the characters and the places there. Go check it out and see what you think!

Next week kicks off Sarra Cannon's other course I've been wanting to take, "Publish and Thrive," which walks you through the entire process of indie publishing, marketing, running the business end, everything I need to know. It's this knowledge that will pave the way to September's publication of "Beached" and the continuation of my series and my writing career. It's so helpful to have a mentor of sorts who can guide me through it all - it definitely eases the stress and frustration of the learning curve!

So July was devoted to the novel and everything that goes along with it - and it was also devoted to my sick cat, Minx, who is featured in my "Black Cat Friday" Instagram posts along with her outdoor stepbrother, Spike. The overarching issue is that we can't quite figure out what's wrong with her - she's lost weight, is having neurological facial issues, is quieter, and shows alarming drops in her red and white blood cell counts, yet at the same time, physically looks and acts almost perfectly fine. It's been an ongoing situation since the end of June, and we were just back at the vet yesterday, where another possible diagnosis was brought to the table. We'd been leaning toward leukemia, which would be somewhat rare because she's not even 7 years old yet, but now are considering the possibility of lead poisoning from the old flaking paint on the original window frames of the farmhouse, which is over 100 years old and where she loves to snuggle and nap and groom for hours on end. Lead poisoning would be the more preferable of the two, of course, because she can recover from that, whereas leukemia isn't a long-term condition, to put it delicately. But we don't know for sure either way, and we can't get in to see a vet specialist till the middle of September. In the meantime, she's holding her own, as the vet puts it, which is good. But it's stressful because we don't know what to expect on a daily basis, and because both Casey and I adore her and don't want to lose her - my heart is already breaking at the thought. It certainly casts a pall over everyday life, that's for sure. If I had to choose between Mix getting better and my novel getting published, I'd choose Minx's health in a heartbeat. It's amazing how something so small can take up so much room in your life.

In other July news, we finished facelifting the back yard, which I wrote about in this week's Country Time Tuesday post - it's nice to have a peaceful, relaxing place to sit in the evenings. And that's about where things stand. A month from now, my world may or may not look a whole lot different, but come September, that's when all the fireworks will be going off, and I can't wait. Till then, I'll be watching the Minx like a hawk and be planning the "Beached" launch party.

Have a great weekend!