There’s been a crazy amount of things going on (some just in my head) this past week. Last Monday, I blogged about a new sense of purpose. Throughout the week, I was blessed with support of those changes, and I took that as encouragement that the changes were right for me.
I’d had time off the day-job, and I realised that the biggest thing this afforded me was time to THINK. Instead of just go, go, go, I now had the energy to reflect on which actions were taking me forward, which actions I needed to do and was avoiding, and which actions were merely procrastination.
It’s also given me a chance to do a ‘practice run’ of being a full-time author. Currently, I work ~20hrs a week, and I still devote at least 40hrs a week to my writing business. Being able to do those 40hrs without the added day job has been bliss (not that I don’t like my job!) and spurred me on towards my full-time author goal.
In another post, on growing pains, I said I’d post more about my writing / art / lifestyle goals later – I’ll make sure I have that post ready for tomorrow.
So what did happen last week?
- Published a guest post (including a vlog) about planning a story on Christine Campbell’s website.
- Enjoyed sharing my books at the Orewa Markets and Kaukapakapa Markets (see more here)
- Won a brooch from artist Deborah Moss!
- Secured another couple of guest post spots.
- Started brainstorming ideas for short stories, and have bought Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors to read.
- Began editing Beyond the End of the World.
- Caught up on bookkeeping.
- Kept up my x3 per week exercise.
(P.S. Told you I didn’t know where to start!)
And what’s on the cards for this week?
- Continuing edits for Beyond the End of the World.
- Brainstorming ideas for my short story anthology.
- Setting up a merchant account and PO Box (for businessy stuff).
- Meeting up with the amazing Joy Findlay, who first introduced me to the idea of self-publishing.
- Writing at least 3 guest posts.
- Getting back into ‘work mode’.
- Requesting visits at schools and libraries (I’m aiming to send one-ish request out per week).
- Keeping an eye on relevant events I may attend.
- Organising some sort of banner / poster for putting behind & above my table at events.