Stephanie Rose Bird

The Blogging Author

Book Juggling

July 28, 2014

Tags: writing process, writing, books, nonfiction, fiction, author, choice, creative expression

I have a new book deal brewing. Yeah! This one is for what I am calling "Mother Earth's Spiritual Guide to Weight-loss." If it all works out, this will be my 7th published book, which is awesome, as well as something I never thought I'd accomplish.

This book has garnered a lot of interest in the publishing world. I believe it may well be the most significant contribution I've made as a nonfiction author, apart from "Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones." It has the potential to impact and change lives, just as following its tenets has transformed mine. I will be announcing the publisher and projected publication date here on my website, on twitter, Facebook, and my personal blog. I can't wait to share that news and finally place this meaningful book.

I find myself in juggling mode as an author. I seem to write books in threes and then take months, if not years, resting up in between. "No Barren Life," my debut novel is in the editing stages before final submission to its publisher. If you've written, you know editing and polishing up a manuscript before final submission is all encompassing. "Mother Earth's Spiritual Guide to Weight-loss" is about at the halfway point. I project it will take 6 to 9 months to complete it. My second novel, "Out of the Blue" is 1/3 written but only as a first draft.

When I wake up in the morning, I wonder should I draw with all my beautiful colored pencils that are waiting for me in my studio? Should I blog here or on my other blog called Stephanie's Studio or should I work on one of those three books that are in development? Sometimes I give up and head off for a walk or to garden. Juggling books and other creative projects, which all need undivided attention, is exhausting.

At the same time, the creative process is rewarding. In the end, it's all about balance. A good juggler can keep all the balls up in the air while maintaining a supreme state of balance.

Comments

  1. July 29, 2014 12:53 PM CDT
    Congratulations on your new book deal! That's amazing! I do think your book will change many lives. :)

    Juggling many projects is exhausting. Make sure to take breaks when you need it and just relax every now and then. Walks help me, too. :)
    - Chrys Fey
  2. July 29, 2014 1:38 PM CDT
    I love that idea! I will be sure to take breaks as you advise and to take nice long walks perhaps as lunch breaks or in the evening. Thanks!
    - Stephanie Bird
  3. August 5, 2014 7:42 AM CDT
    Good luck with all your projects Stephanie - it must be so exciting getting a book to this stage.

    Finding that balance has been driving me crazy lately ... and I'm leaning more to the side of doing nothing rather than doing something lol :)
    - Fil
  4. August 5, 2014 8:25 AM CDT
    Me too Fil. I start the mornings with grand plans and then garden and watch cooking shows (at least for the past week). I guess I'm recharging. I hope so!
    - Stephanie Bird

Selected Works

Wellness/Health, Pagan/Wiccan
How Earth Rituals, Goddess Invocations, Incantations, Affirmations and Natural Remedies Enhance Any Weight-loss Plan 
Mind, Body, Spirit/African American
A Healing Grove explores the holistic health benefits of trees of the African diaspora.
Paganism/African American Spirituality
Learn how sticks, stones, roots and bones can bring magic into your life.

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