Late night calls reduced the amount of sleep I got over the weekend but it was my girls so of course I took the calls. This meant after a long day at work, I was tired and wanted nothing more than to go home to bed.
I know myself well enough to know that if I go to bed at six at night, I’ll be up by midnight and grumpy the entire next day. I opted to work on a gift and listen to a book.
Sunday while I worked on projects, I watched Finding Your Roots, Person of Interest, NCIS LA, and Elementary. Most of which I didn’t really enjoy. The first three shows were good but Elementary was predictable – so not a Sherlock Holmes story. By the time I was done catching up on shows, I was grumpy and annoyed. I felt like I hadn’t made enough progress on crocheting and that watching the shows was mostly a waste of time.
This meant that last night I opted for the book. I look at Cast in Peril and just couldn’t get into it. It is very slow to start and I’m a little disappointed. I swapped over to Vengeance in Death. While I worked on a crochet project, again writing my own patter, I listened to the new book.
My crochet project I started about six times. First it was too narrow. Second I wasn’t liking the yarn I had chosen. Once I had the right yarn and the right width it was easy enough to snap pictures as I worked. I got about halfway through and just wanted to close my eyes and go to sleep. However, I finished it. I like it enough that I’ll make it into a leaflet to sell the pattern.
Tonight I have one more of a similar style project to work on and then I’ll see where I am with gifts. I’m making progress in getting them done. Once they are done, I’ll be able to go back to writing more at night.
I’ve got a manuscript I need to do last edits on, create a cover for, and go through production. I’ve got two manuscripts I’m partway through writing, I’d love to finish at least one of them. The other I’m not sure is going to make the cut. I need to finish writing it and pass it on to my testers. It is a different genre than I normally write so I’m not sure it is good enough to publish.
Yesterday was exceedingly productive. Secret Past is now available in e-book, large print paperback, and paperback. I’m very proud of it and am thrilled that I’ve sold to people other than my family.
In addition to getting the final version of Secret Past out into the world yesterday, I worked on budget and paid bills, clipped coupons, crocheted on a graduation gift, and read another fun book. It was a full and busy day. I got home from work early and was able to organize a bunch of stuff. I do have a sloppy pile of paperwork that needs to be filed. I hate filing but I will try to get that done today.
Today I’ll be working on a grocery list and putting coupons together. Ken is going to do the shopping this week. I will be working on production of my next book. This one is more complicated because it has amazing drawings to be included by TJ Jahns. The drawings are simple but beautiful, reminiscent of Shel Silverstein.
Unfortunately I woke up aching so I’m probably not going to be able to sit on the computer for long today. I’ll be making the most of my time here. Then it will be back to crocheting. Last night while I crocheted, I watched Mansfield Park and Elementary. Both were good and different. I’ll probably do something like that today.
One of the things I did yesterday was to put all my guides for self-publishing into a binder so today while I work I’ll be able to easily pull out the binder and follow each step. It’s nice to have a handy reference right there. I know what needs to be done for most of it but I can do a quick read just to make sure. I’ve also got my project spreadsheet which helps me keep track of where I’m at with each project.
It is the weekend and I’m supposed to be relaxing. In a lot of ways this is me relaxing. Those who know me can stop laughing, I like to be busy and I like to make progress. I don’t have to have a perfect house or fancy clothes or stuff like that. I do have to write and crochet. It seems along with the writing I also have to keep moving forward with projects which means production of books. I think I’d lose my mind if I didn’t have these two things. Crocheting keeps my hands busy and writing keeps my mind busy – or maybe it focuses my busy mind. Either way, I’m a better person – happier, more content, and easier to live with – if I’m busy with these projects.
Secret Past Available in e-book and paperback: