A Month Off
I made a conscious to take a couple weeks off. I’d been pushing it hard and fast for some time. Downtime sounded like a good thing. It was. After taking those couple weeks off, I was pumping out words once more. The break had done me good.
Alas, it only lasted a few days. Then life happened. A few times. The loss of a loved one, the impounding of a vehicle, a little bit of food poisoning. Each one puts you back a little here, a little there. All in totally different ways. Not what I was expecting, but as I have said many, many times on this blog, life happens.
So I rolled with it. My goals have slipped, but taking care of those I love is far more important that putting words on paper and getting books to market. As much as I’d love for this to be my career, it is a hobby at this point in my life. Yes, I’ve set goals and I treat it as a second job, but when making only $20-$30 a month, it’s just a hobby.
During much of that down time, I read a lot of books. A LOT of books. I also watched a lot of movies (It’s amazing just how many crappy movies are out there that have done so well over the years.). Needless to say, a lot of story has entered my head. Old ideas, new ideas, sideways ideas.
I also spent some of that downtime working on a couple of book covers. I’ll show you those over the next few weeks. Hopefully I’ll actually get the books released as well.
Over all this time off, I went from 27,000 words ahead of schedule to 27,000 words behind schedule for the year. I owe two people short stories. I owe three people blog posts. I owe myself a whole lot of words.
But I’m not worried about it. If I allow myself to worry and stress about the words I don’t have done, I won’t get them done. I’ll allow myself to fall further and further behind. I can’t worry about getting caught up. I just need to worry about getting back on track. I know the words will come. I know I can still hit my goal by doing nothing more than sitting down and typing. Make that keyboard go klickety clack as a matter of fact.
I know in my last post, I had said I was going to post word counts. I will still do that. daily if I can, weekly if I cannot. Post I will.
So I have much to do. Many words to write that I owe to a number of people. There’s only one way to get all those words written and that’s to actually sit and write them. And that’s what I’m going to do.
Until Next Time!