Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group: What, it's February Already!!!???

Welcome to another post from the Insecure Writer's Support Group, where once a month we poor suffering writers air our insecurities to the world. This is the second post for this year, and that brings me to this month's insecurity.

Yep, all those New Year's resolutions have been delayed a month. January was filled with freelance work. I needed the money, folks, and my own projects had to go on the back burner. Besides a bunch of stuff for Upwork clients, I was also doing the edits for my next book from Osprey Publishing, an illustrated history of the Apache Wars, due out in the summer. Those edits took so much of my time that I didn't even get to blog last week.

I did get to do some work on The Last Hotel Room, a novel set in contemporary Tangier. I didn't finish it like I had planned, but it's almost there. Now that February is upon us and I have a lot of big freelance projects behind me, I'll be able to finish that and start, Emergency Transmission, the fourth in my Toxic World series of post-apocalyptic novels.

Now hopefully I can catch up and finish all my plans for 2016 by December 31. . .

So how did your January go?

9 comments:

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Good luck getting to your own stuff this month. Darn, that need to eat thing! Stupid basic needs, they always get in the way. (It gets in my way, too.) :)

Hart Johnson said...

Hey, you did GOOD. You made a bit of money. Put in some writing time on something that is DEFINITELY happening. AND you got some writing done. All in all it sounds like you had a pretty good month! I hear you one frustration on plan delays, but definitely no reason to be hard on yourself.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If it pays the bills, have to go where the money's at. But now you can focus on your own books!

Deborah Osborne said...

Sounds like you have a bit of break coming up. Grab hold of it for all you worth!
It sounds like you had a really productive January though.

Lexa Cain said...

Your 4th in a series?! Wow! That's so cool! I've always wanted to write a series but I guess I doubt I have the "fans" to support them, especially when sales usually go down with each subsequent book pubbed even if there are fans calling for more. Good for you and the freelance work! I'm glad you did what you had to and can now concentrate on doing what you want to. :)

Cherie Colyer said...

Sounds to me like you did a lot last month. My goals are more long-term this year. I did do a good job exercising patience. I consider that a win.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Writing must go on the back burner to make a living. I could never survive on my royalties.

And it sounds like you're finding time to get some writing in. Hope February slows down somewhat...

Stephanie Faris said...

Emergency Transmission? That sounds like a good book!!! A series of that size is definitely a huge undertaking.

cleemckenzie said...

That's a lot of writing. So congrats on getting that done. Sounds like you're rather serious about this business.

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