STICKING TO A SCHEDULE by Patricia Gligor
Thank you for inviting me to be your guest today, Marilyn.
I was trying to come up with a topic for this post when I remembered a blog post I’d recently read by author Amy Reade. It was about the benefits to writers when they stick to a schedule. I smiled as I read it because that’s exactly what I try to do. I’m most productive (and happiest) when I follow a daily routine which includes writing in the morning, household/family chores and responsibilities in the afternoon and relaxing in the evening. But, sometimes, it doesn’t work that way.
Just as I was within sight of putting up my book on Amazon, my mother had some medical issues that required me to spend more time than usual with her. Of course, my “schedule” went the way of the wind and I found myself worried about her and stressed (and frustrated) about the book. After all, I’d spent a year writing, editing, formatting, etc. and I had high hopes of publishing it early this month. But it didn’t look like that was going to happen.
When I felt like I was at the end of my rope, so to speak, I finally did what I should’ve done a lot earlier. I let go of all of it, knowing it was in God’s hands. I got out of His way and, as He’s often done in my life, He did for me what I couldn’t do on my own. By His grace, Mom is gradually improving and I managed to publish my book. And I’m very grateful!
Blurb for: Murder at Maple Ridge
Kate Morgan loves a good mystery. She’s an avid reader and she recently finished writing a murder mystery. The story takes place at the fictionalized version of Maple Ridge, the real life home of Chad Hollingsworth, the man Kate has been dating for the past year.
Chad has invited Kate to his parents’ annual New Year’s Eve party where Kate will meet the other members of his family. On the drive to Maple Ridge, he tells her, “I have to warn you. When the Hollingsworth family gets together, there’s always a lot of drinking and drama.” He has no way of knowing there will be a murder.
In a strange twist of fate, there are numerous similarities between Kate’s manuscript and what actually happens. Kate is determined to separate fact from fiction by figuring out the identity of the killer. But she soon discovers that solving a murder in real life is a lot harder than figuring out whodunit in a mystery novel.
Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, traveling and touring and photographing old houses. She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been writing fiction.
Ms. Gligor is the author of the five-book Malone Mystery series. “Murder at Maple Ridge” is the second book in her Small Town mystery series.
Visit her website at: http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/