And then…


Okay, so there’s been a reprieve on the road to the emotional freak out. ;-) I had a wonderful email from my agent telling me that she had only read the first hundred pages or so, but she really loved my book. Her exact words were: “You’ve shown tremendous growth and the book is lovely.” Which, as you might have guessed, is a huge relief. I’ve decided this mental and emotional burnout phase is just a part of my creative process. A darkest before the dawn kind of thing. People always ask me how I do everything that I do, and my answer is “Some days better than others.” :-) It’s really true and I need to remember that. I have a tendency to take everything really personally and I need to shove up a wall of protection, and leave it there until my mind gets back where it needs to be. Easy thing to say, not so easy to do. And I have to remember to trust my gut. It’s good to listen to outside sources, but ultimately you have trust your vision, especially when it comes to art.

I liked all of your ideas for getting through rough spots. Today I want to know one word that sums you up. Like for me, I’d say, “complicated.” Though I don’t think most people see me that way. So how about you?


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

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      • LOL – me too. (on the kitty icon) I overslept today and missed my deadline for a site I had to write up for tomorrow. :(

        Afraid – I suffer from terrible anxiety over a lot of stupid little things.

        Convoluted – I think that one rolls up complex, deep, and nuts all in one!

        It will get better, remember to breathe.

  1. I’d say complicated too, but I like intricate as well.

    At work I’m referred to as the “steel trap”. I remember some of the most obscure things, etc.

    Great news on your book.

    • May is definitely insane but that’s what makes her so much fun!!

      For me, I guess I’d have to say stubborn. Opinionated. And FWIW I can sympathize with how you’re feeling Candance. This business ain’t for sissies!

  2. Shatteredmaeve, I love your profile pic! LOL!

    One word…hmmm…like the others, I can think of lots of words that sum me up! LOL!

    Frustrated – I’m so frustrated about so many things, it’s a good word for me.
    Obsessive compulsive – Ok, it’s not one word, but it describes one idea, and my OCD is so prevalent in my life, this is definitely a term that describes me.
    Regretful – I’ve made so many mistakes.
    Playful – I like to make jokes, tease, goof around.

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