Today marks the day when I knuckle down and get serious.
This is not to say that I haven’t been serious before now – I take my craft very seriously! I only want to publish the best work I am capable of. Writing is the thing I am passionate about and want to do. But for months (okay, years!) I have been struggling with depression and really badly within the last six months or so. I’m finally out of the fog for the most part, and last month I realized just what a hole I’d dug for myself. I set about getting myself out of it as quickly as I could, and while I still have a few jobs lingering, I’m mostly there.
I spent time last week alternating between freaking out and getting organized, because it really hit me that I have a big deadline looming. One that is not of my own creation. You see, a few months ago in what will in future months be called a stroke of genius or a ridiculous notion, I registered to share a stall at the New Zealand Independent Book Festival with a couple of writer friends (Check out the festivals Boosted page here). Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. I had lofty goals of having everything ready to go. And then I dug that hole I referred to earlier. And now I am pressed for time.
Over here in NZ it can take 5 weeks for books to arrive, so I kind of need to get everything FINISHED by the end of August. I *could* use a more local publisher, and depending on how I go that might be an option, but for now I have a plan and if I can stick to it, it should be fine. Basically, I need to finish editing my novel Sun-Touched, as well as the second book in the Kotahi Bay series, Shell and Bone. I’ve locked in copy-editing dates, and will lock in the proof reading ones in a month or so, but, I think it’s doable.
It might not be, and I’m okay with that. Part of recovering from depression, at least for me, is not being so hard on myself when I don’t meet goals. It’s disappointing, but it’s not going to crush me. I’d rather have a range of work available for the book festival that I am proud of, than things that are published before they are ready. Quality over quantity. Thankfully, both the books are actually in pretty good shape. So, fingers crossed.
And just to prove that I’m not taking myself too seriously, I’ll share with you September’s weekly tasks 😉
Week One Tasks: Generate promotional material for festival
Week Two Tasks: Chew nails to the nub while waiting for print books to arrive
Week Three Tasks: Binge eat all the chocolate
Week Four Tasks: Freak out and quit writing, hit rock bottom, and then remember I am awesome in time for the festival.
Don’t get me wrong, I am REALLY looking forward to the festival. It should be awesome! I’m just nervous and know I have my work cut out for me.
Here we go…