Waiting for the Tide to Rise
The urge to write, it comes in waves, a lot like a rising tide. I can feel it, slowly rising inside of me, impatient for me to take the words, images and dreams out of my head and into some form of physical being.
There is little point in ordering it to appear, or even wishing for the tide to rise. It rises when the moment is right.
I wait for it, and when I feel the rise and swell, I pull out a pen or my computer and I get to work.
Sure, I could force it. I’ve done that at times – pushing, shoving, taxing my gray matter to provide me with something, anything, and to make progress.
But there are other battles to fight – a house to paint, children to raise, and so much more.
I’ll wait. The tide will rise again. Hell, it could start to rise tonight for all I can tell.
I Need a Bigger Space
As I wedged myself into the tiny closet, which really barely qualifies as a closet, I realized just how small it was. I gave it a try, I really did, but it is stifling in there. I really just need to create a recording studio in the attic and use it during temperate times (like right now).
I hope to start on this project next weekend by re-organizing our attic, asking our bat resident as politely as possible to get the hell out, and then create a recording box I can comfortably sit in.
The sooner I can get this done, the sooner I can get the books recorded and available for sale.
The more and more I think about it, and listen to Joanna Penn’s podcast, the more certain I am that audiobook versions of my books could really make a difference in my future earning potential. After all, my husband is an auditory learner, he loves audiobooks! And the number of audiobook “readers” continues to grow each year.
As I continue to run my housecleaning business, I listen to my top 3 podcasts that include writing, publishing and marketing advice. Here they are if you want to check them out yourself:
- The Creative Penn hosted by Joanna Penn, thriller and non-fiction author
- The Book Marketing Show hosted by Dave Chesson, creator of Kindlepreneur and KDP Rocket
- Self-Publishing Formula hosted by Mark Dawson and James Blatch
Between these three I’m learning a great deal about a variety of subjects. Recently I listened to an interview with a sweet romance author and how she is making five figures a month. Yowza!
And while, for now, I’m not pumping out four books a year (or more) like some of these folks, I am listening to their ideas and learning from their experiences.
I hope to be able to attend a writer’s conference in either 2019 or 2020 at the latest. I’m looking especially at the Indie writer’s conferences – 20 Books to 50K is having a conference this November and is already sold out. I’m marking my calendar for next year and I hope I can make it then.
A New Business Opportunity
When our neighbor asked me if I would be interested in managing his Airbnb, I immediately said “yes.”
After all, that is what I’m moving towards with our two houses – Cottage East and Cottage West – in two and four years from now, they should be ready to rent out. And having the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the business now is invaluable.
Soon it might be several Airbnb’s, not just one, that I would be managing. And if I can get a handle on the process, I could possibly sell the idea of being an Airbnb manager to the owners of the two apartment buildings across from me as well.
The way I see it – the additional income will go straight into renovating the Cottages and we will have them done even quicker.