Monday Motivations; King of Swords

Hello friends and welcome to another world shaking week of writing.

With everything going on in the wider world right now, it was really, really tempting today to just give up on any semblance of productivity or even normalcy, and just spend my Monday wallowing in pointless distractions.

In fact, I was all set to do just that when a little voice at the back of my mind, one I don’t hear nearly often enough to be honest, reminded me: I don’t have to let a rough start spoil my whole day. I don’t have to let the dour mood on this, or any, Monday morning stall my plans. I don’t have to put my goals on hold to accommodate a pervasive sense of sluggishness.

Nor should I. And that sounds very basic but it really was a new thing for me to not just have that realization but actually have the willpower to act on it.

I’ve got a lot to do this week. I’ve got a pitch due for my first cozy fantasy for Scribd, I need to get a move on in the development of my urban fantasy magic system, I’ve got an important meeting for the day job as well as month end close out, and I need to get some studying done for my first business class.

In short, I’ve got too much going on to let weak ass excuses distract me. It’s nice to have that clarity for a change

Until next time friends.

Kerry Share

The Quest to Be Prolific

Hello friends and welcome to another determined edition of Just Another Struggling Writer. I’m just another struggling writer.

Well, I did it. I submitted my resume. I applied for an editorial assistant position with a Big Name imprint at a Big Name publisher. I have absolutely no shot. But hitting send was huge for me. Not only did it represent a step I’d been too afraid for so long to take, it also helped clear my mind of some of the fog that had been clouding it of late. I’m not suggesting that by merely applying for a job I fixed my anxiety, but I did wake up this morning and I was able to tell myself to stop feeling embarrassed of myself. And that’s not nothing.

With my new found (relative) clarity of mind, I asked myself what I was going to do. The answer, of course, was write. But not just write. Not just work on my outline and do some (admittedly necessary) world building and call it a day. No.

I mentioned last week that my ultimate writing goal is not necessarily to be famous or rich or have a lot of fans even (though I wouldn’t say no two those). What I really want to be known for as a writer is writing a lot. I mean… a lot a lot. Millions of words. Dozens of books across several different series. I want to be always drafting or revising or editing or outlining my next idea. I want to be just as prolific as those writers you immediately think of when you see the word prolific.

Of course, to do that I have to increase my current word count by *checks math* a hell of a lot. Because I’m not likely to sell my first book, nor will it appear freshly drafted on my desktop through sheer willpower alone. And, as all writers know, writing is a lot easier said than done. There’s always some other obligation, some distraction, some random, unexplained, and totally uncalled for discombobulation in your brain chemistry that leaves you waylaid for days or weeks at a time.

There’s always self doubt. There’s always some secret part of you urging you to give up and go watch Netflix because that’s easier. But you can’t. Because the only way to become a writer is to write. The only way improve your craft is to keep writing. The only way to ever satisfy that itch inside you to tell stories is write until every last one of them are told.

And then you make up some new ones, and you write those too.


I’ve tended to look on my writing journey with disappointment. I haven’t come as far as I would have hoped by now, and that’s discouraging. But I’ve come to realize that is due in part to my habit of thinking much too far ahead. I’ve started a journey, but I’ve taken none of the steps. As with most things, I need to stop overthinking things, stop worrying about the future, stop trying to be perfect, and just… write.

Speaking of which, I better get to it. Until next time my friends, may your writing be plenty and your struggles be few.

Kerry Share

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YMMV: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Hello all. I went back and forth on whether I would review books this year, especially since the first few I read were very meh, and didn’t feel memorable enough to mention. However, having just finished A Court of Thorns and Roses, I decided to give reviewing another go on a case by case basis. So, welcome to 2022’s first edition of Your Mileage May Vary, the blog series where I talk about books I actually finished. 

Before we get started, as always: 

Spoiler alert!

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On a Personal Note

Hello friends and welcome to another aspirational edition of Just Another Struggling Writer. I’m just another struggling writer.

And I have been struggling of late. I’m pretty sure it’s the same old story: my brain chemistry acting funky again, and while that’s not very interesting to talk about, it’s a reality of my life that I resist coming to terms with. Suffice it to say, I have been waylaid by an unshakeable listlessness over the past week, an utter lack of desire or motivation to do anything with my precious time. Which is frustrating, because I very, very badly want to institute some changes to my life, via my routines and habits, but, for some reason, I just… can’t. It’s frankly horrible. Imagine knowing cerebrally that you have the strength and ability to accomplish your goals and dreams, yet not doing it anyway for reasons you don’t understand. Having immense power, yet feeling utterly powerless against a force you can’t see or name or even truly describe.

After sitting with these feelings the last four or five days, I’ve been able to come up with one just one answer to the question, “How do I do it when I feel like I can’t do it?”

And that’s to talk about it. Talk about how I’m feeling and talk about what I want to do once I’ve conquered the worst of it. So, I’ve done the first part. What about the second?


Scrolling idly through twitter yesterday, I stumbled upon a job posting for an editorial assistant with a famous imprint. It’s remote and requires no degree. I don’t make a lot of money in my current day job so the pay would actually be an increase. My first thought was that I am direly unqualified to work in publishing, having never set foot inside a college classroom before, despite the no degree required and the explicit encouragement from the poster that even those who don’t think they’re qualified should apply anyway. My second thought was, wasn’t I just sitting in the car three days ago thinking about how I wanted to give the publishing industry a go? My third thought was, I assumed I wasn’t qualified to write romance novellas but I applied anyway and I just turned in my seventh completed manuscript.

Lastly, I thought, I what’s the harm? The worst thing that could happen is they say sorry, but no. So, I’m going to do it. I’m going to dust off my resume and figure out how to write a cover letter and I’m going to go for it.

But that’s not the only thing I’m going to do. About a month ago, on a whim, I applied to the local community college. I went through a few of the steps to proceed with admission and then I stopped and wondered to myself what the hell was I doing? I’m almost 34 and the only thing I can imagine studying would be writing, and I obviously don’t need a degree to do that. So, what would be the point of spending my limited financial and time resources on classes that probably won’t do me any good?

It’s those sorts of thoughts that deterred me from going to college in the first place. The thing is though, I’m not twenty anymore and I’m frankly sort of tired of being stuck in an outdated way of thinking. The point of taking classes right now isn’t necessarily to further my career (lol what career) and make more money, but to enrich myself, which is something I do want. So I’m going to do that too. I’m gonna finish the enrollment process and get started on learning.


And all of this sounds awesome, and, yeah, it is, but working in publishing and getting a degree, while both certainly achievable and worthy goals in their own right, are not exactly what I want to do. What I want to is write. I want to write a lot. I want to have millions of words and dozens of books to my name. I want to be a writer not just in aspiration or on a technicality, but in a sustainable, life-long career sort of way.

The great news is I don’t need to apply, or pay tuition, or count on the grace of good fortune to do any of that. I just need willpower and a little bit (or maybe a lot) of time. Ironically, the time is the easy part. The will… that’s what I’ve been struggling to find.

I’ll keep searching for it. And I’ll keep trudging along in the meantime, writing what I can when I can.

Until next time, friends, may your writing be plenty and your struggles be few.

Kerry Share

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Monday Motivations; Six of Cups

Hello friends and welcome to another wordless week of writing.

Last week I was ripe to bursting with motivation. I had more energy and passion for my creative endeavors than I rightly knew what to do with. Sadly, I don’t think I lived up to it.

I was brooding over this fact in my car this morning when two words drifted out of the podcast I wasn’t really listening to and settled somewhere deep in my brain.

Be tenacious.

Giving up is easy. God, is it easy, and I should know because I have done it plenty of times. Sticking with it despite the difficulties, internal and external, now that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

Be tenacious. Defy what my anxiety brain insists is true about myself. Keep trying. What do I have to lose?

However, that was not the only advice the universe had for me. The second part came with my tarot draw.

Find joy.

Because what is the point of working this hard if I don’t love it? If there isn’t some sense of enjoyment in what I do? Why look for reasons to be miserable and disappointed in myself, when I can be having fun?

It sounds so simple, and maybe it is. I’ll just have to find out.

Kerry Share

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Monday Motivations; Page of Wands

Good morning friends and welcome to another wonderful week of writing.

Friends, it’s that magical time right after I have turned in a freelance manuscript where I feel like I am capable of anything I put my mind to.

Last week, as I was wrapping up the manuscript, I was beset by the overwhelming sense that I was on the cusp of something. A breakthrough. Like I was about to figure it all out. As if all those puzzle pieces that weren’t quite fitting together before we’re starting to twist and turn and find where they’re meant to lock in.

Today that feeling is even stronger. I can’t describe it, really. Just… I feel really confident that this week I’m really going to hit a stride. What I accomplish in the next five days will be the first bricks in the foundation of a routine that will support my career for years to come.

It’s kind of scary when I put it that way, to be honest, and a hell of a lot of pressure for me to be perfect for no other reason than to impress myself. But I’m not nervous, nor do I feel any added burden. I just feel… excited.

Maybe it’s because I got to get to work on the urban fantasy I’ve been plotting since January. Maybe it’s because I’m starting a new month and fresh starts always inspire me. Maybe it’s just because I’m flush with success of another completed freelance project.

Whatever the reason, I’m going to capitalize while I can. And hopefully in doing so I will be setting myself up for success later down the line when my mood isn’t so high.

That’s my motivation this week. Breaking through mental blocks, establishing healthy habits, building a routine that will give me a sense of stability and productivity.

Happy Monday everyone. Let’s get after it.

Kerry Share

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