Happy Wednesday

I’ve been slacking off on the blog, because I’ve been doing a lot of things that don’t relate to the author’s life. When I do, they aren’t the sexy things. One of the things I’ve always done is share this life – warts and all, so that’s what today is about.

I spent the last week in a trade conference for my paycheck job. There weren’t a lot of extra hours available. Next week, I’m going to Texas for a conference that is more directly related to what I do. All part of the job.

This week was my week to catch up… except… we scheduled job interviews. This is because all of us on the interview team have been in and out for a month. The other two members are tied up for the next two weeks.

There is an outside chance that I can make some real progress on Friday, so I have my fingers crossed.

On the writing front, this was my flex day, and I spent it working on the stuff nobody ever talks about. It’s part of the writing life, and it has to get done too.

I wrote a post for Story Empire that will go live next week. I also assembled and scheduled a Lisa Burton Radio interview. I mention this, because this stuff takes time. It has value, so I forge ahead. It has value to me, and it helps other authors too. If you haven’t checked out Story Empire, you might want to cruise over. There is a wealth of information authors can take advantage of.

I dedicated a big part of this morning to finishing up a book I’ve been reading. I fiddled around with this for far too long, and I needed to finish it. I even resorted to reading one chapter on my 30 minute lunch breaks. At least I got four chapters per week that way. It was a wonderful story, and I gave the author a five star review on three different sites.

Time. It’s all about time, which seems to be in short supply these days.

I like to read on airplanes, but I like to find things I don’t necessarily have to finish. This time, I have a couple of craft books saved that I might dive into. Other flight, I’ve chosen short story collections, or even novellae, because I can finish them. (I made that word up, but novellae seems like it should be right.)

On Tuesday, I got another Lisa Burton poster via email. (It looks really cool too.) That means I have the Lanternfish cover, plus two promotional posters. I ordered the last one, and it looks like I’ll be able to meet my winter publication deadline pretty easily.

To round out my day off, I worked through nine chapters of Lanternfish. I found a few things to correct, even though this is about my third pass. Good news is that I’m really enjoying the story still. I think that bodes well for my future readers.

I nearly wrote that I worked through nine innings of my book. Can you tell I’ve been watching the baseball playoffs? I don’t have a dog in this fight, but the games have been very good. (I’m not cheering for any specific team, but I’m glad the National League will go back to Front Row Amy’s ballpark.) There’s one on right now, and I’d better get back to it.


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18 responses to “Happy Wednesday

  1. “Time. It’s all about time, which seems to be in short supply these days.”

    I swear, this is the mantra of aspiring authors. It always comes down to time and there never seems to be enough of it. Good luck finding some. I’m curious though. What are the unsexy parts of writing in your opinion?

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  2. You accomplished a lot. Reading this makes me feel like a slacker. I’ve been trying to get back to my WIP all week, but other responsibilities keep interfering. I feel like I’m going through withdrawal.
    Looking forward to Lanternfish and he new Lisa art!

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  3. Time is the curse of the writing class.

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  4. Ah, Craig, I do relate. End of the calendar year is like a crazy nightmare. I haven’t touched my WIP since Sunday and, of course, I never planned to have two books I’m involved with launch in the same month. EEEK!

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  5. Time is always in short supply. Seems like it gets worse with age. Five years from now, I’ll probably wake up, cook dinner, and have to go to bed.

    Sounds like you’re getting a lot done, even if none of it is new words. You’re right about authors having a lot to do behind the scenes. Take the wins where you can, Craig.

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  6. For some reason, I thought you were in Texas this week. Good thing probably, there was flooding in the Hill Country, although I think the place you’re visiting is okay. Funny you should talk about time. That the topic I chose for my weekly Friday links post. And I’m so far behind, I’m just now visiting blogs for this week, including Story Empire.


  7. Sounds like you’ve been very busy in all areas. I agree that it’s great you’re still so excited about Lanternfish.

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  8. Yikes. Never a dull moment.
    I’ve been reading the same book for two weeks, which has got to be a record for me. It’s not light reading, rather long and rich, and I like it, but I think it laughs at me sometimes “Go on, go to sleep, I’ll wait.” 🙂

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