In January I was really excited. It looked like the writing life was going well and that everything I was working on was on track. I had a plan to release a story a month and there was already a backlog of them awaiting their final edit before sending them out into the world.
How quickly that changed.
I got so bound up in completing my consulting work that I had no energy left over for my own projects. So much so, that I had to beg off submitting any new work to my critique groups as I was just not able to work on them. Instead, they got treated to some minor chapter revisions to the ongoing AEF slog, that while helpful to me, was probably not as fun for them. Fortunately, the software was released in late February and from forum comments it seems to be behaving itself well as people are asking for new features already. A good place to be in, from my perspective.
So, here it is April and I’ve yet to release anything. Sigh, best intentions and all that come to mind here…
But things are looking up, slightly. My consulting work ended at the end of March and since then I’ve been slowly working on my backlog and finishing the final edits. I hope, I and I say hope here as I haven’t demonstrated that it can happen yet, to release something by the end of the month.
It has yet to get easy as I’m getting solar panels installed on the house and experiencing the fun of multiple groups scheduling their time and getting things correct. This is to ensure the work passes inspection so they can turn the panels on to feed power into the electrical system. Right now, the panels are installed, the wiring connections made, but they need to update the outside utility box. Just this morning they were stopped because the electric box they needed to access to turn my power off is located in a neighbors yard behind a locked fence. Legally, they can not trespass to make it happen. So this morning I had 5 workmen outside talking on mobile phones with their supervisors about how to proceed (required a reschedule).
Today, I also completed my taxes. I owed. Ouch!
Next up, am working on the edits for Storms on an Opal Sea, to be followed by Cold Justice, RSN. Once they are done, then I’ll add SOA in the Three Realms book of short stories and release that as well.
So, plenty of things to do to stay busy.
Oh, a friend called last Thursday to say their technical trainer/writer just quit and would I be interested. Sure, I said, but you do realize it’s only been 4 working days since my last gig? I haven’t even had a chance to relax yet, sheesh!