Since it’s been awhile since I posted a blog, I thought I would give you all an update as to the various projects I’ve been working on. I apologize for being so absent. If you follow me on Facebook (and I hope you do — https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraWallaceAuthor. ) you probably read that I had a wee bit of an auto accident last week where I forgot to put the car into park and ended up being dragged about ten feet. I was mostly shaken up but the few bumps and scrapes I did receive morphed into a nasty case of poison ivy.
In addition, my mojo disappeared over the winter, swept away by a deluge of deadlines, day job and Seasonal Affect Disorder. BUT NOW SPRING IS FINALLY HERE.
Yeah, I know, technically spring arrived six weeks ago, but April in New England hasn’t been very spring like, so I’m declaring May 1 the new start of spring. And, along with this warmer, sunnier weather, comes my quest to reclaim my mojo. That’s right, May is Mojo Month.
The broad definition of mojo is magic power. When a person loses their mojo, they lose their pizazz or special energy that makes them feel magical. That is, their inner spark. It happens all the time. Maybe our career isn’t going well, or we’ve had nothing but drama for the past six months, or we’ve picked up some winter weight. Whatever reason, life has worn us down. We find ourselves dwelling on the negative and thinking our glass is always going to be half empty.
Enter Mojo Month
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of being negative all the time. As April wound down, I found myself feeling rudderless. I was complaining a lot, I lacked focused and felt like the world wasn’t listening to me. To top it off, the Captain decided to retire so he could pursue a different career path. As happy as I was for him, I found myself jealous that he was making a change while I was stuck treading water.
Then I realized I had a choice. I could continue complaining and feeling powerless or I go back to being proactive. The same energy I put into complaining could be channeled into getting things done. And so, I decided to spend the next thirty days reclaiming my inner spark. My mojo.
My plan for the next thirty days :
- Practice gratitude
- Maintain a firm writing schedule
- Self care
- Share positive commentary rather than negative
- Recognize that the only thing I can control in this world is my attitude
I’m hoping that by doing this for the next 30 days, I’ll have set myself back on the positivity trail.
One of the reasons I want to maintain a firm writing schedule is because I desperately want to release BACKYARDS HAVE BODIES by the end of July. This story has been forced to take a back seat to other work (and family deaths). It’s now a priority. I will have it out soon. Promise!
(Other) Upcoming Releases
My next book, ONE NIGHT IN PROVENCE, will be released on August 1. The story, which is part of Harlequin’s Destination Brides series, tells the story of Jenna Brown, a nurse whose French holiday fling with playboy Philippe D’Usay has lasting repercussions.
Over the next few months, I’ll share some excerpts from the book as well as some behind the scenes stories. I’ll also be sending out advanced copies to my review crew. If you’re interested in belonging to this awesome group, drop me an email at Barbara@BarbaraWallace.com
In December, Harlequin will be releasing HER CONVENIENT CHRISTMAS DATE. This is a follow up story to HER CHRISTMAS MIRACLE. I’ll be sharing more details on this soon.
What I’m Reading
Hurricane in Mink: The Diana Dors Story. Diana Dors was the British Marilyn Monroe. She was also a devious and driven woman. I’m reading her biography as research for an upcoming book project.
The Laws of Human Nature. What can I say? I’m a psychology junkie.
I almost forgot! I have a ton of books, collected from various conferences, that I want to give away. Keep an eye on this space for a special vlog (that’s video blog for people like the Captain) for an announcement.
And that, as they say, is everything. I look forward to hearing from all of you. Why don’t you post a comment below and tell me what’s going on with you? What are you reading? How are you reclaiming your mojo this month?
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