2016 is definitely the most unproductive year this blog has ever seen. What started in a fit of seasonal affective disorder, mutated into I am ‘saving’ my creativity for other things, yeah right. And since I have taken up dieting again, yes again, this-time-i-really-mean-it sort of dieting, that mandates a lot of hiking and cycling, more ways to avoid sitting in front of this machine.
One of the major goals when I moved was to put more emphasis on working for myself, getting aggressive about the passive income. But that hasn’t happened, once I settled in I became so relaxed that my ambition went into remission. Well THAT shits gotta stop. Over the last two years my ‘business’ has dwindled down to a laughable level, and my editing clients have dried up. I am now addicted to living off a very tiny paycheck from the ‘extra’ job and if that went away I’d be royally fooked.
I have a shitload of unfinished projects around the place, and a good number of those are books that I need to finish writing and get published. The biggest scariest one of those is the probably the one I need to finish the most. I am poking and prodding it to see if it will get up off the mat and help me, but it was laying there like a dead thing. As a jumpstart, I launched the website which was always part of the project, every book needs a website right?
LifeOnYourOwn (which was not my 1st, 2nd or 15th choice for a title, but was an available.com so don’t bitch) in its infancy right now, is just roughed out website, with few posts. Instead of having internal arguments about the structure and exact content of the book, I am not having internal arguments about the structure of the bloody website; another good way to avoid finishing the book.
The current goal is to put out a post every Sunday, alternating a food/cooking post with a nonfood cooking post. And hopefully picking topics that will lure folks to continue reading. I am hoping to get SOME feedback and interaction from readers. Fingers crossed
This week I was able to write it ahead of time and schedule it, avoiding the whole last minute thing that I excel at. Planning and assembling blog posts may be nothing like writing a book, but it may be helping me think about the book in a different way. In stead of writing large scale, I am trying to narrow down the important interesting bits. But in then end I am just writing about whatever I am involved in at the moment.
Aside from that book, I have two other original masterpieces which are basically sitting around half finished. These books are like half finished play dough creatures that hang around nagging at my heels like something out of a William Burroughs day dream. Most of the time I want to smash them with a hammer into tiny bits and pretend they never were, other times i want to just scream them into existence so they get out of the house and start earning a living.