Muses, coffee binges and Wendi Zwaduk

I wasn’t sure what to write about this month when I sat down to work on the post. It seemed like every time I sat down, I had to get back up and help someone do something. You ever have one of those weeks? I’m so there. Then I got the time to work on it and the muse went berserk.

Hence the title – When the Muse Takes a Break and Then Goes on a Caffeine Binge… it seemed like the moment I could write, she took off on hiatus, never to be seen again. Then when the world came crashing down around me, THAT’S when she wanted to talk and unleash everyone. It’s been one headdesk moment after another.

Now don’t get me wrong. When she’s working with me, I refuse to complain. Why? I get things accomplished. It’s the silent periods that drive me crazy. I have a small person and try to write when he’s asleep or away at Gramma’s or at school. It’s summer, so time is precious.  It’s also vacation season. While I love the vacation time, I hate the dog tired feeling when we get home.  We have an RV so its nice, if you have to go, you can get up and go. But I get car sick. Yeah, riding anywhere in the thing without sufficient air on me is a bad thing. Don’t even think about writing on the computer. That’s a one way ticket to Barfsville.

The whole time I’m in the RV and while I’m at the races (You thought I’d go somewhere else?), the muse runs rampant. She knows I don’t have paper or pencil or pen to jot notes down. I’d use my phone, but those screens are teensy and I don’t have dainty thumbs. (Never have, never will.) But the moment I get back to the RV, child is sleeping, DH is sleeping… muse runs away and hides.

I try to remember what all she said during the race and the drive, but naturally it takes a hike, too. Does anyone else have this problem? The carsickness, the sleep deprivation once you get home, the muse taking off on vacation when you have time? I’d love to know. At least I’d have someone to commiserate with. Let me know.

The good thing is this – well, a couple things – I do have some of the mental notes. If I look at approximately what I was looking at or reading before when I had the thought, it tends to trigger the memory. I also had a notebook with me for some of it. Yes, I’m glad I did. I also have the memories of where we went. How does that help? If the story is about a dirt racer, being there is great research. So it’s not all for naught.

Still, what are your thoughts?

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Here’s a little bit about my upcoming release, Sunshine of Your Love:


It’s 1970. The world is in upheaval. Can two people really make a difference and find love at the same time?

Noel Flynt signed up for the Army to carry out his family duty. He never expected the travesties of Vietnam to take their toll on him. He’s coming back to the world he thought he knew, but with everything changing around him, he’s going to have to learn he can’t live in the past.

Cindy Stephens couldn’t wait for Noel to return. She sees the man within the uniform and has loved him for as long as she can remember. But times have changed. She’s not the timid schoolgirl any longer. Can she accept his changes, too?
The only constants are time and love.

Reader Advisory: This book contains one war hero, the woman who loves him, lots of hot sex, with a little spanking mixed in for good measure.

Available at Total e-bound.

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Want to know more about Wendi Zwaduk? Here you go:

I always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.

I love NASCAR, romance, books in general,Ohiofarmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals.  I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Turquoise Morning Press and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!

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