January 2017 has been super busy. I wrapped up writing on Devil’s Tango then dove right in to rebuilding my website and tackling the million other things that need to get done before publishing the book. On that list in no particular order (that I can figure out) is…
Finish building websiteDONE! Setup the new emailDONE! (claire[AT]clairejmonroe.com is live!)
- Figure out this newsletter stuff
Write and edit front matter and back matter for Tango’s bookDONE! Actually type up the posts that I’ve scribbled in my notebookDONE! Figure out the print book options and designs for Tango’s bookDONE!
- Incorporate all final edits for Tango (almost done, waiting on one last round from a reader)
- Prep Tango for ebook publication (set release date Feb 1, 2017)
- GET ORGANIZED!!!
- Update planner with production schedule!!!
- GET BACK TO WORK ON WHISKEY’S BOOK!!!
It looks like I’ve accomplished a lot on that list–and I have–but progress is feeling slow to me. Probably because I’m chomping at the bit to get Tango out, then move on to the next thing. But I can’t move on. Because if I do then I know me and things that need to get done… won’t.
I’m not upset by this delay. It’s actually been a good–very good–thing for me and has made me stop and answer a lot of questions for myself. A few of which include:
Do I want to blog religiously?
Yes, but not about completely random topics. Specific tasks, like I’ve outlined in my blog already, work better for me. Like posting updates. I’m old school. I like updates and to know a person is doing what they have committed to doing. And honestly, with my schedule, I don’t have time to blog and write books and go visit a million other blogs to hop and comment and… tweet and Facebook and… I just want to write my books. Is that wrong of me? Probably. Oh well, I’ll get over it.
Do I want to newsletter?
Honestly, no. Because I have limited time to spend on my writing now and I’d rather focus on the next books and get them out. I don’t mind doing the updates, but building the mailing list? Ugh, I really would rather pay someone else to do it. Which I’m planning on doing. I think. After I get Tango out.
How fast do I want to set my production schedule?
Fast. These books are burning a hole in my brain and if I don’t get them out soon then I will go crazy. Crazier than I already am. Because I’m getting downloads for a whole new shifter series of novellas (20-30K words) that need to get documented and I really don’t have time to split my focus. I just want to write books.
How long do I think it’ll take to write Whiskey’s book?
From start to finish? Given how I’m seeing it? Um, three weeks? Maybe four? And this isn’t four weeks of full time hours, folks. This is me working a dayjob, being a single parent, and tunnel vision hoofing it to the keyboard when I’m free. So at best it’s me putting in 20-30 hours each week outside my primary obligations (day job, parenting, napping, etc). Which I already do anyway on the writing. 2-4 hours every night after work, dinner, and family time. Then weekends it’s 4-16 hours each day. (And yes, if you read that and thought I have no life, you’d be correct. Outside of work, family, and writing, I don’t do much. And I’m okay with it. Especially after spending about 40-60% over the past two years–each–travelling for the dayjob with family in tow.)
And finally… what’s on deck for February?
Lots of good things. Starting with…
- Tango ebook published.
- Closeout of January to-do’s and accountability review with accountability group to set February’s to-do’s.
- Hire print book designer and have it formatted.
- Release print version of Tango.
- Hire someone else to handle website and newsletter stuff. (Because my travel schedule is about to take off again and I’m not about killing myself to maintain web presence and whatnot above writing. I may not get a lot of sleep now, but I do love and MISS it. Dearly.)
- Download the new shifter books from beleaguered brain to plot notebooks. (That’s my system, in case I didn’t mention it before. The picture at the top of the blog are of the leather bound arc journal I scribble everything in and then when back at the desk are sorted then inserted into the appropriate vinyl journals for the stories they belong to. The two vinyl bound ones shown are of Bravo (black/white butterflies) and Tango (white). It works for me because then I can just set the vinyl journal on a copy holder and transcribe scenes I’ve hand written.)
- FAST DRAFT WRITE WHISKEY’S BOOK!!!
That last one is the big one. And it’s totally doable because I’ve been scribbling in Whiskey’s journal off and on as I got stuff over the past 12 months. So the book is basically written. In notes format. All it needs is for me to transcribe and flesh it out. And I love doing that. Works like a charm for my inner pantser who likes to listen to Sinclair and let him tweak the scenes as I go.
And that wraps up this month’s works in progress post. If there’s anything I missed or didn’t cover that you want to know about, just leave a comment and I’ll try to figure out how to work this new fangled website to answer it.
Until next time…