Happy Holidays to YOU!
Happy Merry ChrismaHannuKwanzakuh to you.
I received a brand spanking new Kindle Paperwhite which I love and also feel quite conflicted about.
- I’ve gotten several books from the library instantly for free
- It lights up in a dark room so I don’t need to have a light on
- The text enlarges so that my aging eyes don’t require reading glasses to see the print
- I can switch between books with just a couple of flicks of the finger and it remembers my place in each one
- It doesn’t smell like a book
- It doesn’t feel like a book
- It doesn’t look like a book
I feel vaguely guilty for using it. But I really like not having to find reading glasses, perch them on my nose at just the right angle and wonder if I’ll ever get used to the feeling of these metal and glass things.
I’m reading a new book, 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox which promises to put my writing up to a new level – that of an efficient writer.
Apparently it starts with five-minute sprints. I’ve downloaded a timer to my ‘puter and have been avoiding trying it out for the first time for about two hours now. Avoidance should be my middle name. I’ve started dozens of projects in order to avoid my writing goals, I’m an expert at avoidance!
Speaking of Projects
So I mentioned over on The Deadly Nightshade that I would be writing less in my blogs and that is because, like my eldest, I’m going to try something a little different and give writing books if not all of my attention, a heck of a lot more of it than I have been.
I’ve been using my blogging as an excuse. I’ve been telling myself, “I need to write more, finish my book projects, but first I’ll just go over here and blog.”
And the book projects aren’t getting done.
I set myself a goal of finishing two books in 2015 and getting at least one of them published by the end of the year. I finished ONE book project, at least the first draft of it, but it needs some significant edits and will not be up and live by the end of the year.
So I’ve got some different goals now:
- Blog posts come second to book writing
- My “weekly” newsletter is now going to be a “monthly” newsletter
- I’m going to work my way up to writing 5,000 words per day minimum, possibly, possibly working my way up to 10k per day
- I want to write, edit and publish a total of seven books this year
Okay, yeah, that last one is crazy and very possibly unrealistic.
But here is the deal. I dream, and I stare off into space, and I imagine what it would be like to just write. Not have to teach, not have to clean toilets, just…write. And some part of me has to wonder, am I just in love with the dream of it? Could I really have that?
I don’t know.
But I think it is time that I found out.
P. S. You Need Music
I’ve got a fantastic set of tunes to listen to when writing all of this. My former stepson (the best son I’ve ever been lucky enough to have) is a talented musician. I was there when he first picked up a guitar and taught himself how to play as a teen. He has been keeping me happily typing away with his recent albums on YouTube. You can check them out here.