The second ten posts of #CozyMysteryMay

Cozy Mystery MayI did Day 11 – I shared a snippet of dialogue.

Day 12 was Mother’s Day, and I decided to skip it – instead, I wrote an article about Speechless getting canceled that was retweeted by Minnie Driver. As you do. (You should read the article and binge the show. Seriously.)

Day 13, I was back on the horse with my Ty Beanie Baby Chinese Zodiac Series Year of the Rat and a Funko POP! Animation: Care Bears Good Luck Bear.

Day 14…

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Maya DiMeo is all of us some of the time: Mother’s Day Reflections as Speechless is canceled (from a Heart Mom)

This week, Speechless was canceled. I was… well, speechless.

If you haven’t heard of the show or watched, the description of it is thus:

Maya DiMeo, a wife and mother, is fiercely protective of her husband, Jimmy, and their three children, Ray, Dylan, and J.J. — who has a condition that leaves him with unique mobility and communication challenges. While Maya’s mama bear instinct may be one of her most admirable qualities, it’s not without its drawbacks and sometimes the injustices she sets out to make right end up being all in her head. Together, the family members work to make a new home for themselves and find the right person to come in and give J.J. a voice of his own.

Speechless CastMaya DiMeo was the mother I often was. She was the mother I often had to be as the mother of a child with a complex congenital heart defect.

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Same face, different writer

When I started writing novels in my mid-forties, I began the journey with several clear understandings about how I work. As an executive, my efficiency had depended upon particular features of my temperament I assumed were enduring. As a writer, I tried to apply those same aspects to my new career.

  • I don’t like to multi-task. I hyper-focus on things and grind it out until it’s done. No breaks, no stops, no rest for the weary.
  • I get more accomplished by hyper-focus thing then I would taking breaks or jumping from task to task. Nose to the grindstone, that’s me.
  • I like deep focusing on one thing. Write one series at a time, live in it, know it backward and forward. No distractions.
  • I write better at night.
  • I crave deadlines.

Understanding that this was who I was, and this is how I worked for years, this is how I started my writing career.

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Aries New Moon 2019: Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

When I decided in January to leave KindleUnlimited, it was a difficult choice. I’m profoundly introverted, and I think rather slowly about the most significant decisions. Besides, I have a fierce loyalty toward those I feel an obligation to. All of those things made booking out of the Amazon-exclusive machine a tense, nerve-wracking decision.

The math, though, didn’t work. I wish it had because being Amazon-exclusive was undoubtedly easier in many ways.

It felt like a New Moon in a lot of ways.

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