Monday, August 20, 2012

Bobbing Along

Susan Sleeman here! As I sat down to come up with a topic for my blog post this morning, I couldn’t seem to think of anything. But then I looked out our patio door and saw a head bobbing over the window frame in our screened porch, an idea came to me.

What kind of head, you ask? A cat maybe a dog? No—it was the rather unattractive head of a wild turkey. Yep, turkey! Our home backs to a green space. In the three years we’ve lived here, we’ve gone from seeing a single male turkey—who in mating season would run up to the street to chase the mailman (Honestly. I’m a fiction writer and even I can’t come up with something like this. lol)—to seeing twenty turkeys strutting down the road.

So what do turkeys have to do with my blog post? As I thought about them bobbing along, I thought about my writing life. When I first started writing, I wrote whenever I felt like it. How much and what I felt like writing. But then as I contracted novels I had to form a plan and write x number of words a day to meet my deadlines. Now, I have a daily goal. I must write 2000 words a day or I can’t quit. As a result of this forced planning, I have six books in print and six more under contract. Something that as I bobbed along in life I never imagined I could do. But you know what? I can do this, by working on a bit of it each day.

Now I just need to apply this to a diet. To exercise. To cleaning my house. And on and on and on. One bit each day will eventually add up to a large goal accomplished.

So what about you? Are you bobbing along or do you have a goal and plan for your life? Do you have areas like me that if you bite them off (no diet pun intended) one piece at a time you can achieve?
Here’s a sneak peek at my November release.
Dead Wrong
The Justice Agency - Book 2
Love Inspired Suspense
November, 2012
ISBN-10: 0373675356
ISBN-13: 978-0373675357
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When her client and old college friend is murdered, P.I. Kat Justice knows the killer will come for her next. Her survival depends on finding her unknown enemy first...and working with homicide detective Mitch Elliot, her onetime crush.
It’ll take all her professional skills to ignore the sparks between them, but Kat can’t allow the handsome cop to get close. She’s seen too many people she loves die, so she vows just to do her job without getting emotionally involved. Yet keeping her distance may not be the best way to protect her heart—or their lives.

SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town where she spent her summers reading Nancy Drew and developing a love of mystery and suspense books. Today, she channels this enthusiasm into writing romantic suspense and mystery novels and hosting the popular internet website Susan currently lives in Florida, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law and an adorable grandson. To learn more about Susan visit her at her – Website
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