Archive for April 15th, 2011


I am so having fantasies of one day taking a whole weekend off.

That means no writing.   No editing.   No trying to figure out how to promote The Compass Master.   No pouring over artwork to figure out my cover.   No sifting through stacks of papers or stuffed 3-ring binders to determine what still needs to be done.   No scribbling notes of TO DO stuff.   No wallowing in angst over historical facts in my book and if I got them all absolutely right.   No freaking out when I find a missing period in my manuscript that’s supposed to be perfect at this point.

This is what writing has done to me.

SO LET THIS BE A WARNING TO YOU, PEOPLE!

If you don’t want to end up like me — a sad, pathetic, overworked, neurotic homebody with a severely curtailed social life and a brain that refuses to shut down at night….

NEVER WRITE A NOVEL!   AND NEVER EVER BECOME A NOVELIST DETERMINED TO SELF-PU8LISH!

That being said…

I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it ain’t an oncoming train.

I find myself feeling lighter by the day because in the next ten days or so I will really, truly, finally be submitting all necessary TCM stuff to CreateSpace.   Then in a few weeks CS will get back to me with the proofs for TCM, which means reading through it one truly FINAL time before publication.   Then that’s it.

OMG.   I’m actually finished?

Yes, there’ll still be regular, daily promo work to do.   But… THAT’S IT!

I’m actually starting to feel free. Liberated.   No longer mentally constipated.  I’m going to have a life again.

Of course, normal writers have normal lives and manage to balance their art/passion with real life.   But me?   Hell no.   I am definitely unbalanced.   I go onto other blogs and read about how hard their authors are working, yet between the lines I can tell that they still have lives — normal, healthy lives like normal people.   How do they do it?

Anyway, I mean it when I say I’m starting already to feel lighter and freer and – dare I say it – a little happier and even proud.  ‘Cause I DID IT!   And that means someday soon I’m gonna take one whole weekend off and see friends and movies and do real Layla stuff and have fun and relax and in general just fart around.

It’s going to feel so good.