A New Routine ~ Outside the Margins with Brigham Vaughn

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As many of you know, my life is in transition right now. If you aren’t aware of what’s going on, see here and here for more information. To sum up, Mr. Vaughn and I are getting a divorce.  As of last Friday, I put in my notice at my day job, and at the end of August I will move to my parents’ house and write full time.  The writing retreat—as I’ve decided to call it—will be for about six months while I see if I can support myself with my writing. Sales for “Bully & Exit” have been excellent, and so have sales of my backlist titles so I’m cautiously optimistic.*tackle hugs everyone who helped make that possible*Being able to focus on writing is a bright spot in an otherwise very dark time and it’s good to have something to look forward to.  However, it means huge changes to my schedule.

For the past few years, I’ve been going non-stop: day job, writing, husband, house, friends, family … Much of it was good, but it was all an enormous drain on my time and energy. I used to write at work, sneaking in a line or a paragraph here and there as time allowed. I’d write at home, in between loads of laundry, emptying the dishwasher, and eating dinner. I’d write instead of spending time with friends. I’d write on vacation and in the car while we went to visit family.

As of September first I will have no schedule at all. No time commitments except a yoga class I want to take and a therapist I want to see.  No structure to my days at all.  So as I sort, pack, and finish the last few weeks of my day job I’m trying to plan my schedule. I need to schedule time for writing itself, business related tasks, and marketing/promotion.

The plan I’m making probably won’t last. What seems like a great plan now will probably have to be revamped. But I think the most important part is having a plan and sticking to it until I can see where the changes need to be made.  It could be easy to slip into a “sleeping in late/doing work in the evening and on weekends/wasting time on Facebook” kind of schedule.  But I want to enjoy my evenings and weekends again and feel like I’m organized and in control of my life.  A writing career is never going to be as rigid as a 9-5 desk job, but that’s one of the things I love about it.  Release days will always be chaotic, and I am sure sometimes I’ll have a flash of inspiration hit me on a Saturday morning or a Tuesday night, but I think if I can stick to a schedule that looks roughly like this:

-Wake up at a reasonable time

-Exercise

-Breakfast

-Half an hour checking social media

-Writing

-Lunch

-Business tasks/marketing/promotion

-More writing (or editing)

-Social media

-Dinner

it will help me be productive, organized, healthy, and happy.  Am I going to have to be flexible too? Oh hell yes.  But I think starting out with a plan in place is going to go a long way toward making sure this is a smooth transition. Or at least as smooth as it can be under the circumstances.

I had a wonderful talk with AJ Rose the other day where she passed on her advice (and the advice she’d been given), but I’d love to hear more.

If you’re a writer or self-employed, how do you structure your day? Do you have any tips or suggestions?

By the time I am back on Prism next month, I’ll be a full-time writer.  How exciting is that?

~Brigham Vaughn

Title: Bully & Exit
Author: Brigham Vaughn
Publisher:
Publication Date: 07/10/2015
Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Drama, Gay, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance

Blurb:

Theater student Caleb Stockwell is ready to leave college behind. Too bad his past isn’t ready to let him go.

With less than a month to go until graduation, Caleb runs into Nathan Rhodes at a house party. Nathan is a star hockey player for Western Michigan University and finally ready to step out of the closet. He’s also the guy who broke Caleb’s heart in high school.

Nathan’s determined to make amends for what he did four years ago, but Caleb isn’t willing to risk getting his heart stomped on again. With only a few weeks left before they go their separate ways, it’ll take all of Nathan’s creativity and help from some interfering friends to convince Caleb to give him a second chance. Theater student Caleb Stockwell is ready to leave college behind. Too bad his past isn’t ready to let him go.

With less than a month to go until graduation, Caleb runs into Nathan Rhodes at a house party. Nathan is a star hockey player for Western Michigan University and finally ready to step out of the closet. He’s also the guy who broke Caleb’s heart in high school.

Nathan’s determined to make amends for what he did four years ago, but Caleb isn’t willing to risk getting his heart stomped on again. With only a few weeks left before they go their separate ways, it’ll take all of Nathan’s creativity and help from some interfering friends to convince Caleb to give him a second chance.

Excerpt

Nathan’s voice was soft when he spoke, gentle as it’d always been. “Caleb Stockwell. I’ve been looking for you.”

Caleb cleared his throat and ignored him, tipping the bottle up for another long drink. He licked the spiciness from his lips as he debated making another run for it. There was a shrub blocking his way in one direction and a hockey player in the other. Even if he hadn’t been drinking, the odds weren’t in his favor. “Nathan Rhodes,” he managed.

“Damn, I can’t believe it’s you!” Nathan leaned in, and Caleb pulled back, uncomfortable with him being so close.

Caleb laughed bitterly. “It’s me. Now that you’ve satisfied your curiosity, you can run along.” He motioned with his hand, encouraging Nathan to leave.

“It’s really good to see you,” Nathan said, ignoring him. He took a seat on the pile of discarded construction materials, his knees brushing Caleb’s as he lowered himself down. Caleb pulled away as if scorched.

“Yeah? Too bad I can’t say the same,” he muttered, his head swimming as the alcohol began to hit him. He eyed Nathan’s long, long legs and the way he was pinned in by them, remembering the way they’d felt tangled with his as they came, panting shallowly against each other’s skin. It brought it all back: the scent of Nathan’s cologne, the taste of his skin, the way Caleb’s heart raced in his chest when Nathan held him close. It brought back the memories, the ones he’d worked so hard to run from. The good and the bad. The sharp, intense happiness of falling for Nathan. The aching, crushing hurt that paralyzed Caleb for months after Nathan was no longer in his life. Everything he’d buried four years ago and vowed never to touch again.

He caught the first glimpse of doubt on Nathan’s face. “Are you okay, Caleb?”

“Oh, I’m motherfucking peachy,” he snarked and took another long drink. “I’ve made it through four fucking years trying to ignore the fact we’re on the same campus, and with barely a month left in my senior year, I thought maybe I’d managed to pull it off. But, no, Lowell had to drag me to this goddamn party, and, of course, you showed up too. Just my luck.”

He raised the bottle again, but Nathan wrapped a hand around the neck and tugged. He was stronger than Caleb, so Caleb let go, afraid he’d end up getting pulled onto Nathan’s lap if he didn’t. Nathan took a drink and passed the bottle back, licking the taste of rum off his lips before he spoke. “You’re so angry at me.”

“Ya think?” Caleb snarled. “Didn’t it ever occur to you I would be? What the hell makes you think you can waltz in here and pretend like all the shit that went down between us didn’t happen?” He tried to stand, but Nathan’s dark denim-clad knees were on either side of his, pinning him in place. The bottle was pried from his suddenly limp fingers and set aside.

“I don’t think that,” Nathan protested. “I was just glad to see you, and I… I wanted a chance to apologize. I didn’t … I wanted …”

Caleb’s lips parted in surprise as cool fingers framed his face, and for the first time in four long years, Nathan’s lips were pressed to his again. Involuntarily, Caleb’s eyes closed, feeling a rush of heat wash over him, taking him right back to the first time. Before Nathan broke his heart.

Links

Bully & Exit on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

About Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn has always been a voracious reader with her own stories to tell. After many years of abandoned plots, something finally clicked. Now she’s eating, sleeping, and breathing writing and is excited to have finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the little time that isn’t spent writing or reading, she loves cooking, yoga, photography, and remodeling her ninety-year-old home. Brigham lives in Michigan with her three cats and an amazing husband who has always been her biggest champion.

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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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4 thoughts on “A New Routine ~ Outside the Margins with Brigham Vaughn

  1. If anyone can do this, it’s you. Your schedule looks doable…except you might wanna give yourself a few more minutes for social media in the morning. That half hour flies by! Haha!

  2. Fantastic news. i think you’ve got a great schedule and there’s a lot of value in sticking to it. When I started working full-time at home (my day job), a friend told me this and it proved true:

    First month, you’ll have a rigid schedule and you’ll stick to it.
    Second month, you’ll realize nobody cares if you skip the sequence or write until 3 in the morning and then don’t get up until 11 am…this month will be chaos. You will hate it.
    Third month, you will find a blend of organized schedule and flexibility that works for you.

    Now, your situation is different as you’re working for yourself and writing creative fiction, so you may not experience this at all. But it held true for me and I was glad someone suggested that there were ‘phases’ I would go through figuring out my schedule.

    Good luck!

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