Thursday, October 31, 2013

Finally, time

I've neglected my blog. Dare I say it, I've mostly neglected my writing and editing, too. Why? Time. As they say, there are never enough hours in a day and lately I've been feeling so overwhelmed that I just couldn't continue.

Don't worry, good news is coming.

Like many writers, a full time job is something that is a necessity and I was sad to say mine was consuming my life. Even when I wasn't at work my mornings before I started were spent not editing, but sending resumes. My nights involved a few glasses of wine and unloading to my husband after a long day's misery and then falling asleep on the couch. Days off were consumed with being depressed at the thought of going back to work after only two days' escape. In short, my job was making me miserable and despite how hard I tried to force myself to get my editing and writing done, it just didn't happen. I was maybe, at most, dedicating two hours a week to it.

Again, there is good news coming

The worst part is, if I had full time hours available to finish Awake My Soul, I'd probably be done in two weeks. Working at it like a nine to five job, eight hours a day, it would be done. That's about eighty hours, give or take. Now take eighty hours and only do two hours a week of work, that's forty weeks. As I said, that's a good week, so it's realistically a year, minimum. At this rate, honesty, I'll never finish.

Now the good news. I'm not longer at said job. Yesterday was my last day. Though things didn't quite go as I planned and I would have preferred to have another job lined up when it happened, I knew for a while it was coming. My position had become redundant and I was the odd man out, so it was time for me to go.

The really good news is now I have time, and in accordance to employment laws, I'm still getting paid. For the next few months I'm getting paid to finish Awake My Soul. This is my first full day of being a full time writer and aside from writing this blog and maybe some puttering around the house, my day is dedicated to editing. So is tomorrow. And the next day. And so on.

In even better news, my husband is a graphic designer and hopefully soon I can get his butt in gear designing a cover that I can reveal here. It was hard to convince him to do the work when I wasn't getting anything done myself. Now I can tell him to do it and soon there will be a reveal. I promise!

I know being let go can be scary, but I'm taking this as an opportunity to do something I truly love. I really hope that I can have Awake My Soul complete and available as an E-book before Christmas, and I hope people will love it as much as I do.