March Theme: A Long Winter's Nap

by Stephanie J. Blake

I've had a bad case of Writer's Block for months. I haven't felt like writing anything new. You see, I've been waiting on editor-type news on book #2. When you are a writer, you are always waiting for something, right? I tend to lose my muse when I'm waiting. And I'm frozen. Like I shouldn't move forward until I know. It doesn't help that winter is the hardest time of year for me. I hate being cooped up in the house for weeks. I can't stand being cold.

Last week, we had a few warm days in Colorado. There was a promise of spring and new beginnings. As a result, a tiny kernel of an idea for a new book popped into my head. I opened up a blank word doc. and started writing. The first day, I only came up with 391 words, but the second day, I wrote over a 1,000 words in one sitting. I have some notes, I did some preliminary research. I have plot ideas floating around. It's encouraging. I hope I can execute the idea successfully. Isn't this always the worry with a new idea?

Two pieces of amazing news this week about my book, The Marble Queen.

1. I already earned out my advance and my publisher is going to start sending monthly royalty checks.
2. The Marble Queen is a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award. (Woot!)

I'm excited to work on this new book while I continue to wait. Of course, today we're having a blizzard and my kiddos will be home on Spring Break for the next two weeks. That's okay. It feels like my muse is finally waking up from a long winter's nap.


  1. Congratulations on your good news! And I get so tired of people saying there's no such thing as writer's block, when what they mean is, "I've never experienced writer's block, and my personal experience = all experience." It sounds like your muse is stirring!

  2. CONGRATS on all things MARBLE QUEEN!!!


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