Mama Diaries

Thursday, April 28, 2022

IWSG and Back in the Swing of Things


Okay. I know. I'm super-late with the April IWSG post. Fifty lashes with a wet noodle. But the good news is, I'm early for the May one. My three great excuses are spring break. work, and social life. I have so little time for hopping on to blog. 

So, the April question was, "Have any of your books been made into audiobooks?" No. I think it would be really cool if the Bubba and Squirt ones would be, but they haven't hit enough sales yet to become audiobooks.

May question:  What have been the highs and lows of writing? Highs:  Getting accepted by a publisher, seeing book sales, doing school visits, and getting good reviews. Lows:  Not selling as many copies as I'd hoped in spite of investing a lot of money into marketing. Currently, I'm struggling to find time to write and am losing some momentum. (The crazy thing is I'm so close to finishing. I probably have about 5 more chapters to write in the series. I wrote a grand total of 1 paragraph in the last two weeks.) I guess those are the only real lows. I've been fortunate not to have any scathing reviews of my books. Most people seem to like them.  

What are your highs and lows?

In other news, I'm happy that things are starting to pick up in the author world. Recently, I did a book signing at a local fair. It was great to meet so many people! And I'll be doing a school author visit in a few weeks. It's been several years since I've done one. So it's exciting and a little scary at the same time. Hoping I remember how to do them (and how to play the Chinese erhu!).

  And then there's Klaus. 

Always a bundle of trouble. But I think he's finally starting to settle down a bit. It's been a while since he's chewed a hole in the wall or eaten a piece of furniture.    


  1. April can be such a busy month. I know what you mean about not writing. I haven't been feeling it lately. I think there's a general malaise in the world. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

    1. Kind of funny that the IWSG question of the month for June is exactly about how to get motivated to write.

  2. You made up for late with being so early! Well done.
    Cool you did the book signing.
    I went so long not writing or with time to write. You can do it!

    1. I feel like I'm getting back in the groove again. :)

  3. Glad things are picking up for you. I hope you find the tme to finish your current manuscript.

  4. Hi there, Klaus & his Mama. We missed you. Writing highs: first drafts, always. Lows: Rejections, of course.

  5. You'll be great at your events. Enjoy!

  6. Hope your school visits go well. I think it would be fun to visit with kids. Best wishes with your writing.

  7. Hi, Sherry!

    It's good to see you here and at Shady's Place, dear friend! Thanks for visiting me today.

    "Lose the muse, get the blues." That's how I would describe my lows. I hate it when I am not motivated to write much of anything for weeks on end, but it does happen. I experience a high whenever I am creatively motivated and the ideas and words are flowing so quickly and easily that a piece almost writes itself.

    I am delighted to see that picture of you at the book signing. It would be great if you could release audiobooks of your series. My buddy Klaus looks like he's trying to make up his mind whether to get into mischief or take a nap.

    I hope your school author visit goes well and generates a new wave of interest in your books. Enjoy the rest of your week and month, dear friend Sherry!

  8. All the best for your manuscript! Have a great week :)

  9. Bravo, Sherry! Book signings, school visits. Way to go! All the luck with your writing.

    And yes! The pup looks like he's contemplating trouble. Be ready, my dear!

  10. Writing can be tough, but with only 5 chapters left, you can do it :) Glad to hear another book is on its way, and marketing is so tough.

  11. I think Klaus is thinking, "Come on, Lady, turn your back on me". You have had some good success and sooner or later we all are in the doldrums.

  12. welcome to May and beautiful spring...

    Congratulation for working on a new book, hope, complete soon...

  13. 'Fifty lashes with a wet noodle' 🤣🤣 - reads like something out of a foodie Fifty Shades Of Grey. Seriously though, its good to learn your getting back into the swing of things; book signings always sound like a lot of fun.

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