Assessing my effort so far

On Friday night I posted a list of things I want to accomplish before returning to the paycheck job on Tuesday. I think I’m doing a pretty good job of things so far. Let’s take a look at the list, and I’ll scratch things off to indicate what I’ve been doing.

The checklist:

  • Take life as it comes, including another date night and puppy play
  • Work on short stories
  • Read all my Macabre Macaroni stories, edit as needed
  • Publish my second Experimental Notebook (mostly)
  • Work on any Lisa Burton Radio stuff that comes back in the mail
  • Go through my critiques and make changes to The Yak Guy Project
  • Read one book, start another
  • Blog

I got a bunch of writing done yesterday, so I completely ignored that today. It was hard, because it’s what I want to be doing. Mom always said you have to finish your Brussels sprouts before you can have dessert. It’s kind of like that.

Otto and I played a bunch. He’s teething right now, and looks kind of like a wild boar with tusks in the bottom jaw only. The top canines are coming in fast though and his rawhide toys were pretty popular today.

I put in some work on future Lisa Burton Radio interviews. Those are all in the mail, finished, or awaiting final approval. I still have to schedule this week’s post via WordPress. Maybe I’ll do that after this posts. I love the scheduler option for these.

I finished my reading project, but didn’t get around to starting the next one. I have a book of short stories next by one of the regulars here. I want to read another one by a friend after that. Short fiction is one of my favorites and I’m kind of excited about both of them. Sue and Nicholas, I’m talking about you.

I probably screwed up on the publishing front. I wanted to do a short pre-sale for The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II. When I pushed everything through the mill it asked when I wanted to book to deliver. It never asked me when I wanted the pre-sale to start. I wouldn’t be surprised if I have to write a panic post tomorrow because the pre-sale already started. If that’s what happens, I’ll have to own it like I planned it, but readers of this blog will know the truth. Maybe I can blame everything on my assistant.

Some of the items on my list are ongoing, like blogging and working on the short stories. Tomorrow I’ll save the Macabre Macaroni stories for break times. It may seem odd, but reading and tweaking seems to use a different part of the brain than drafting new material does. At least it does for me.

I’m going to focus on the short stories in The Enhanced League. I may crack into the short stories I want to read too.

Then again, I may not do any of that. I may have to write a panic post about the release of my new book. If that shows up in my timeline tomorrow, you can all have a laugh at my expense. I really wanted to start on the 24th, not the 15th. Part of the problem is the lack of time to dedicate. My wife and I have plans that won’t provide another day to do this.

So there you have it. Picking away at my list, and I can do the fun stuff tomorrow. I think I’ll have two of those pumpkin beers tonight, but I doubt they’ll help me sleep. I’ll probably toss and turn all night wondering if Amazon will have my book available tomorrow morning.


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34 responses to “Assessing my effort so far

  1. Good progress. Yes blame the early pub on Lisa and get your ass kicked. πŸ™‚

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  2. Sounds like you accomplished a lot!! Good luck on the pre-sale!!

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  3. Excellent progress there. Hope that pre-sale works out.

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  4. Ali Isaac

    Wow another book out already and so much waiting in the sidelines… you are on a ROLL!

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  5. Productive.
    I’ve been on an unintentional Olympic hiatus.

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  6. Great progress Craig! Looking forward to the next Experimental Notebook!

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  7. Oh, I do hate to tell you, but I’ve read ahead and Amazon’s putting it out tomorrow πŸ˜‰ lol
    Good news is, it’s on pre-order, so you can still hype it up, can’t you? πŸ™‚

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  8. I’m playing catch-up from the weekend. I haven’t looked at your other post yet, but judging by the title I have a feeling the pre-sale is now live. Hey, just a hiccup in the plans but easily smoothed over, right? It just gives you more promo time if that’s the case. And congrats on booting so much off the to-do list!

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    • It was a super productive weekend, and I still had a life. Today has been all about updating the sidebar, writing my street team post for Wednesday, finding a Goodreads librarian, the works. I’d love to get back to the short I’m writing, but it isn’t looking like I will.

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  9. You can’t blame Lisa! She’s a robot! Nobody ll believe you:-) Nice going though. I wish I could make that kind of progress on my yo do list.

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