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Ava Cuvay: Flabby Middles (Giveaway)
Monday, August 30th, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…Misty Dawn!

I’m currently suffering from a flabby middle.

I don’t mean the rolls that come with middle age, although I do have those. I’m talking about the flabby middle of my current book. The halfway point when the story can get mired and struggle to make headway toward the happy ending. Add the fact this is the second book in a trilogy, and I’m dealing with a double whammy: I’m in the flabby middle of the flabby middle. It’s quicksand for an author, and I’m up to my ears in it.

I love this aging-cyborg trilogy and I had such high hopes for this second book. Such enthusiasm for these characters and this story… but it all just seems to wander around aimlessly. No focus, no energy, no—Gasp!—mojo. Something is seriously wrong with my story!

These are the times when an author sits down and has a heart-to-heart with her characters. I don’t mind my characters running amuck with my anticipated plot… as long as they’re, you know, moving in some direction even if it’s not the one I’d planned for them. But my conversations with my characters are like talking to my teen children. Lots of mumbling, some grunting, eye-rolling, and heaving sighs. You know, real mature behavior coming from characters who are in their thirties! *gives characters the stink eye*

Or maybe I’m the problem. Beginning late last year, I’ve undertaken being in charge of my unmarried, aging aunt… her finances, her health, her wellbeing, and her neglected house. All this from a state away. It’s been an enormous and very-daily responsibility, and it has zapped my creative juices. The care and feeding of active teens have evaporated the rest. I’m in the flabby middle of my life, mired in obligations and struggling to make headway.

My muse is depleted to a greater extent than even during last year’s quarantine crisis. The spirit is willing to write, but my focus, my energy, my—Gasp!—mojo is gone.

But enough whining! This all shall pass and I will emerge on the other side of this saggy middle—my life and my cyborg book—with a strong, engaging story my readers will love! In the meantime, I’m celebrating placing second in the PRISM contest’s Sci-fi/Futuristic category with the first book of my cyborg trilogy, Tin Man. And I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to a random winner for commenting on something (big or small) in your own life you’d like to celebrate!

About Ava Cuvay

Ava Cuvay is an award-winning bestselling author of Sci-fi Romance featuring sassy heroines, gutsy heroes, passion, and adventure… often set in a galaxy far, far away. She resides in central Indiana with her own scruffy-looking nerfherder and kiddos who remind her daily she’s not nearly as cool and hip as she thinks. She believes life is too short to bother with negative people, everything is better with Champagne, and Han Solo shot first. When not writing, Ava is thinking about writing. Or wine. And she’s always thinking about bacon.

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21 comments to “Ava Cuvay: Flabby Middles (Giveaway)”

  1. Angel M Shaw
    · August 30th, 2021 at 8:22 am · Link

    For the first time in nearly 15 years my husband and I will get the opportunity to have a honeymoon next year. We’re going to Hawaii for a whole week. I’m so excited about it and I can’t tell anyone else because then my hubby will find out and its a surprise for him!!!

  2. Colleen C.
    · August 30th, 2021 at 11:14 am · Link

    Congrats on placing second!
    I am celebrating getting my yard cleaned up today! Had a bunch of cutting and trimming to do, but I got it done!

  3. Ava Cuvay
    · August 30th, 2021 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Angel — OMG! I’m so excited for you!!! I promise I won’t tell (lol), and hope you have a fabulous honeymoon!!

  4. bn100
    · August 30th, 2021 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Awesome! Cleaned house

  5. Ava Cuvay
    · August 30th, 2021 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Colleen – Thank you, and congrats on getting the yard cleaned! It can be a back-breaking task, but what a great feeling when you see the results!

  6. Ava Cuvay
    · August 30th, 2021 at 3:47 pm · Link

    Wow, I’m impressed! That’s way more than I usually get done, so kudos to you!! 🙂

  7. Jennifer Beyer
    · August 30th, 2021 at 4:14 pm · Link

    I passed my first exam towards becoming a bookkeeper. It took two tries but I did it and I’m working on getting ready to get my certification!

  8. Ava Cuvay
    · August 30th, 2021 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Jennifer— Awesome! Congratulations! That is hard-won victory, and as someone who can’t math, I’m impressed! Way to go!

  9. Debra Guyette
    · August 30th, 2021 at 6:47 pm · Link

    I am busy watching my 4 month old grandson

  10. Mary Preston
    · August 30th, 2021 at 6:53 pm · Link

    My mojo up and left long ago.

    I am celebrating being fully vaccinated and not in lockdown

  11. Ava Cuvay
    · August 30th, 2021 at 8:43 pm · Link

    Debra – What a joy! (And not yet mobile, so you don’t wear yourself out chasing him 😉

  12. Ava Cuvay
    · August 30th, 2021 at 8:45 pm · Link

    Mary – Sending wishes you get your mojo back <3 Being able to “people” again is a great spirit-lifter (even for introverts like me)!

  13. ButtonsMom2003
    · August 30th, 2021 at 11:37 pm · Link

    I’ll be celebrating my birthday in about 3 days. 😀

  14. Ava Cuvay
    · August 31st, 2021 at 8:30 am · Link

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you have fun plans to celebrate it!

  15. flchen1
    · September 1st, 2021 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Happy congratulations, Ava!! We’ll soon be celebrating DD’s starting college! Big changes this month in the household, LOL!

  16. Ava Cuvay
    · September 5th, 2021 at 11:53 am · Link

    Oooh, college! What an exciting adventure! And, definitely a big adjustment for everyone… sending you positive vibes!

  17. Misty Dawn
    · September 5th, 2021 at 4:40 pm · Link

    I’m celebrating my biopsy that came back as non cancerous!

  18. pc
    · September 6th, 2021 at 2:53 pm · Link

    I managed to clean up a room packed with items from a house leak while I have a broken foot 🙂

  19. Ava Cuvay
    · September 8th, 2021 at 6:07 am · Link

    Misty — THAT’S AWESOME NEWS!!! I am so thrilled for you!

  20. Ava Cuvay
    · September 8th, 2021 at 6:09 am · Link

    pc – Ouch! Sending healing vibes for your foot, and a “you go, girl” on cleaning the room (but yuck on the leak 🙁

  21. Delilah
    · September 9th, 2021 at 9:46 am · Link

    First, thanks so much to Ava for being a great guest author!

    The winner of the gift card is…Misty Dawn!

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