Walked down to the Beanery after work, ended up walking home in the dark. Did a lot of editing today. Polishing, if you will. Yeah, I know, I'm trying to reduce my polishing. I'm addicted to it.
Maybe I need to begin Polishers Anonymous. "Hi, I'm Michael. I'm a writer. I'm addicted to polishing my stories and novels."
I was still writing and thinking in my head as I left. My footsteps said, "Books, stories, books, stories."
My thoughts went from my writing and editing and my writing process to the greater issue of getting published, and well, changing my life so my daily thrust is writing and writing activities instead of shoehorning it around everything else that I do.
"Books, stories, books, stories."
It came from a thought earlier in the day related to work. I was contemplating how time consuming decisions and planning. As I sit in meeting and deal with my work tasks, I hear time and again that one as one resolution is reached on one item, new problems emerged to sidetrack and derail us. As I thought that about some of our problems, I thought, at this rate, we won't resolve these things until 2020.
Then I sat and thought about 2020.
This last year, I learned that I dislike my work. It stresses me out and provides less and less joy and satisfaction. I need to restructure my life and end my employment.
That requires changes. As I thought about it, I began thinking about planning - Plan 2013.
Why not? I've spent a lifetime planning and organizing, first in the military, eventually becoming involved in war planning for southwest Asia, then in startups, helping companies get their CE marks, ISO certs, completing FDA and marketing trials, coordinating and overseeing CRM and RM system implementation, launching new products, integrating systems and acquisitions. I have some planning experience. Why shouldn't I drop back and plan my life transition from fulltime employee to full time writer?
As I've realized and noted before, I need to focus more on publishing novels. The route is open to exploration but moving toward books seems to be needed. I have novels written but...well...I'm still polishing them.
Can you see me wince at my confession?
I have four short stories out. They've been out for months. Other stories are completed but I face the problem, where to send them? Many venues stipulate no simultaneous submissions so I can send to one only to one place at a time. Likewise, they specific that they only want you to send them one story at a time.
More than one confuses them.
Okay. Those are the conditions. It's something to keep in mind as I create Plan 2013. I want to explore more self publishing and digital publishing options, along with conferences to attend to make agent pitches.
Gotta change something. I can't go on coping like this. There is just too much writing that I want to do.
That whole work thing keeps getting in my way.
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