Dawn Montgomery


In #amwriting, Challenges, Goals on February 8, 2012 at 12:01 am

Bwahahahaha. Despite Journey’s anthem, I’m going to have to stop believing…in a week without some near-catastrophic event that sends my family into a frenzy of panic. Some days I’m the center of the storm, trying to keep everyone calm. Other days I just want to curl up in a ball and wake up four months from now when this work to writing transition is finally complete.

Did I mention that I got a TON of writing done this week (despite the odds, I might add!)?

Sunday was a no-go writing-wise. We had to shop for new school supplies since our stuff had yet to arrive (shopping in a mega-mart on Superbowl Sunday? WHY did I think that was a good idea?). Monday was a ton of paperwork, and delays on getting the kids into school. Monday night I wrote until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. So far, so good, yeah?

Tuesday. Oh Tuesday, you’re becoming my Monday. I’m starting to hate you like I hate sesame seeds when they stick in my teeth. Three appointments for three different kids, only to find out that the school district was confused about how an out-of-state school transferred discharge paperwork (Anchorage ISD faxes discharge paperwork to the next location instead of allowing the parents to hand carry). But I digress. In the middle of this adventure, I get a phone call from the moving company. Our large house shipment is here (a BED! YES!). They want to deliver tomorrow (YAY!) but don’t know if they can do a split delivery (Uh Oh!). Some phone calls need to be made, etc.

Long story short…movers will be here tomorrow delivering ONLY the stuff we need and storing it for 90 days until we can have the large stuff (like the outdoor freezer, lawnmower, etc) put in our own storage (YAY!).

You’d think this would trigger happiness. Contentment. Excitement? Nope. Complete domestic meltdown. Kids want to skip school (NO!) to stay home and (get this…) “help.”Β  Husband is acting like a loon b/c he has to take the kids to their schools tomorrow while I wait on the delivery peeps. The house has to be clean (come on guys! We are STILL living out of suitcases!).

Kids and husband are squabbling…and for what?

Nothing. No reason what-so-ever. Everyone is ready for this move to be over. No one more than I, I assure you. Throughout this process I’ve done my best to keep quiet. Not complaining about the folding chair and makeshift desk, or lying in sleeping bags on the floor, or the insane drive to and from Dallas for our car.

So tonight…I told them to be quiet. Stop worrying. I had it under control. They weren’t allowed to say another word about their stuff to parents or each other. There was some serious grumbling going on, but it died off after a few hours.

“After all,” I said, “It will all be over sooooon.”

With that cryptic remark, I gave a creepy, hollow laugh and stared at each of the boys, in turn. They then decided the stress had broken me, so I was left alone to write. Ah bliss.

So that leads me to my mid-week update for A Round of Words in 80 Days.

What have I worked on?

  • I sent in my submission for Entangled Publishing’s pitch contest. Didn’t receive a confirmation email so I’m not sure if I should stress or not (Destitute and Undead ended at a little under 15k. Glad I rechecked the edits before hitting send. I was a little heavy handed with the commas).
  • I’m 5200 words into book 1 of my WTF Dragon series (blame Kim Knox for this one. She said go crazy and let loose. It was a dare, and you know how I am about those!).
  • Received my first reader review for Primal Hunger. So awesome! I got 5 stars out of 5 on the Ellora’s Cave site. So cool! Heidi said she was hoping Primal Hunger would become the start of a series. I get to say I got the green light on it, right?? LOL. So yeah, you’ll see more of the *Hunger-verse in the future.
  • Tore apart A Familiar Kiss (yesterday’s post showed how that went down πŸ™‚ ). I should have that puppy to my editor by V-day.
  • I’ve become a coffee time romance author! They’ve asked me to post on the blog, and I can’t wait! I’ll get all their widgets and stuff up on my site this weekend. I also set up my amazon author page. Love you guys for suggesting them for me last week!
  • Final outline of Thief. I needed a different arc to make it more contemporary.

Goals for the rest of the week:

  • Decompress
  • Unpack
  • Set up my office/bedroom
  • Finish No Dragon, No Problem (WTF Dragon #1)
  • Start Thief
  • Try to ignore my stress over Destitute and Undead‘s submission. LOL!

I hope this post made you laugh (I know I was laughing). Reading it out loud to my family brought out some pretty awesome chuckles, so I think it’s a win with them too.


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*Note: the Hunger-verse is a tongue-in-cheek series name. I call it the Sheon Wars, but that’s not as lighthearted.

  1. I feel for you with the whole moving thing. My partner and I are looking at buying our first home, and while everyone keeps saying “buy investment”, I’m thinking “I’ve been moving homes every few years since I was six! I’m sick of moving!”

    You’re so proactive in your writing though. I want to treat myself more seriously this year, but I need someone to stand over me and point which way I should be going. I’m such a flounder.

    Don’t stress about your sub. You can’t change anything. Better to forget and if all goes well, be surprised and happy!

    • My only suggestion about buying a home is to buy one that doesn’t need much work to begin with. It’s a place you’ll want to move into and settle.

      I wish I could give you writing goals, honey. Wish anyone could…but the thing about that is…if you don’t make them you blame the other person. It causes a vicious cycle that I would give anything to help you avoid.

      So true about the sub! Looking forward to hearing about it. But not expecting it for some time. πŸ˜€ Have an awesome week!

  2. All I can say is, wow! I’m not sure how you manage to get done what you get done. You’re amazing. I have friends say that about me and my schedule, but I’ve got nothing on you. LOL Awesome work! Hope things settle down and fall into line soon.

    • I LOVE your snoopy avatar! His typing antics are my favorite motivator posters and books. πŸ˜€

      Thank you, hon. Let’s hope all this energy pays off so I can keep writing full-time. The military taught me how to work well in chaos. I’m waiting for the movers now. Will be taking some pictures so I can show my writing corner. πŸ˜€ I expect to be surrounded by boxes very soon.

  3. Seems there are a number of people moving this round! I’m impressed that you can manage anything during that process, much less all that you posted above. Wishing you clean comfy beds soon.

    • I’m looking forward to my bed. πŸ˜€ It’s an interesting day. Every one of the family peeps are here with their fingers in the mix…and I have to tell you, they’re NOT HELPING! lol.

      Ah well. πŸ™‚ It’ll be over soon.

  4. Okay, my head is spinning. How do you do it all? Just wow. I know you’ll be glad when things settle down, but you were still very productive during all of the craziness. Keep up the good work, and good luck for the rest of the week!

    • Thanks Lauralynn. We tried to be. My poor husband hasn’t been able to get a single food shot (he’s a recipe developer/food photographer by trade) so I’ve promised to take the kids out when we get settled so he can catch up. πŸ˜€ Sounds like you’re doing awesome too! Keep on writing, hon!


  5. I am lucky enough to have never had to do a big move, but I can imagine how stressful it would be, especially with school transfers and all that sort of thing thrown into the mix. Kudos to you for still finding time to write, I would have thrown in the towel for this week already!

    • Strangely enough, it’s going to be an early night for me. I think I’m finally done in. I know my temper was very short today. 😦 Thank you for your kind comments, though.

      I can honestly say I’ve moved enough that I’ve learned to accept what can’t be changed and roll with the punches when they happen (and they will). Today was hijinks-a-plenty! I’ll save that post for later. πŸ™‚

  6. Love reading about your schedule and how you’re doing amid all the upheaval of moving! WTG. I’d be hiding under the covers. Maybe with a laptop. πŸ™‚

    • LOL. At this point, I’m fried. The family is going to have to do without my direct interference for a few days while I recover from today’s ordeal. Let me tell you…there was some craziness that went on with this moving company. I’m about to charge up my ipod shuffle and spend a few days in a writing coma. πŸ˜€

      Love your upcoming release, hon! Warriors’ Woman looks SMOKIN’ HAWT!

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