The one in which I explain why I couldn’t write for nine months

Just over a year ago, I had one of the biggest shocks of my life when I found out I was pregnant for the second time. And in those early weeks, when the belly hasn’t grown yet and there is little to no physical manifestation of said pregnancy, I actually did not believe it. Then, about nine weeks in, the extreme tiredness set in, followed very quickly by the pregnancy brain.

For those who have never experienced pregnancy brain, this is how it goes: “I am pregnant! Holy crap! How did this happen? What’s going on? I need to sleep!” These thoughts are quickly followed by somewhat of a period of non-thought, in which you may fall asleep, or simply stare blankly into space. As soon as you come out of it, these thoughts occur:  “I am pregnant! Holy crap! How did this happen? What’s going on? I need to sleep!”

Repeat this for about seven more months. I’ve even woken up in the middle of the night to pee, tried to roll over and get out of bed, failed, and then thought “Why am I so fat?” before remembering I was many months pregnant. Basically, it was a nine-month period of having no short-term memory and barely functioning as a member of society.

I’m sure there are women to whom this doesn’t happen. Those women might be able to do awesome things like hold a coherent thought, leave a room without forgetting why they left in the first place, and believe that they are pregnant and are able to make plans for said baby or even buy a diaper before said baby is born. I am not one of those women. My brain only started functioning again about a day after the baby was born, and I then had the wherewithal to order diapers and formula online to be delivered before we got home.

Anyway, the point is that even though I was about 5,000 words into Demon Blood at the end of last year when I found out I was pregnant, my writing immediately dropped off. I was somehow able to get another 5,000 words done by April, which is when I became too pregnant to function. The baby was born on July 10th, and by the end of August, the thought occurred to me that I was in the middle of writing a book.

Fortunately for me, the baby had not been informed that newborns are supposed to be bad at sleeping, so I was able to pick up writing again more quickly than I anticipated. My maternity leave was over October 2nd, and through a shear force of will, I somehow managed to finish the first draft of Demon Blood at 5pm on October 1st.

Since I’ve started writing the Vampire in the City series, I’ve been able to get out one book a year, and I realized that the end of 2014 was rapidly approaching and the book wasn’t ready yet. So from the beginning of October until now, I’ve been working on the editing of Demon Blood almost without break. (I have several types of edits I go through, and usually give myself a few days off between them.)

In short, I have given up things like my lunch hour at work, sleep, and the playing of video games, but finally, with less than a month to spare, Demon Blood is coming out on December 5th! Here’s where you can reserve a copy!

My love of printed materials

In these days when everything is on Kindle, Nook, PDF file, and the like, one has to wonder if paper books are on their way to becoming extinct. While I do prefer to do most of my reading electronically, I feel a bit nostalgic about the paper book, and any printed material, really.

In high school and college, I had a quarterly magazine that I wrote for and edited. At first, I just sold it to kids in my high school. But when I went to college, I began selling it in local bookstores and offering subscriptions as well.

And then my first real job when I got out of college was as an editorial assistant for a medical journal, and I ended up working in print journals for the next eight years. To this day, I distinctly remember being excited the day when we would get a new issue. I loved being able open the journal to the masthead and read my name, and flip through the articles to see all the work I had done in a tangible form.

So I guess it’s only natural that I feel a crazy amount of glee when I see the three books I have written all in print format. As my two-year-old son would say, “I did it!”

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And here’s a link to the new one, Witch Blood, in print:

http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Blood-Vampire-Three-Volume/dp/1482310015

exciting things have happened!

Sorry for the delay in updates, but several exciting things have happened, and only one of them sucks!

That one that sucks is that I have had a migraine for the past 48 hours. The last time I had a migraine was almost seven years ago, but this one has still come about too soon. Urgent care clinic yesterday gave me something via pill form that did nothing and sent me home. Different guy today gave me an IV and codeine to take home. Only now (four hours after codeine and six hours after IV) do I feel better.

Anyway, here are some things that do not suck! Wild Blood, book two in the Vampire in the City series, was released last week in all formats except print (to come shortly). Links here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00760B84O

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wild-blood-donna-ansari/1108615294

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/132136

I don’t know if I can handle anymore excitement, but on Monday I was interviewed at Alchemy of Scrawl!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/alchemyofscrawl/2012/02/20/donna-ansari-author-of

What I’m working on now that my brain is no longer leaking through my ears? Formatting Wild Blood for print, and writing the first draft of book three, Witch Blood.