I Must be Crazy!

Happy Friday! Please remember to visit me over at the Scribes for Cal’s Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies. Yes, you did read that right. I did use double, chocolate, and cherry all in the same sentence.

It’s hard to believe that it was only a year ago that I started this blog (in April 2011). And last May, I was preparing to pitch to editors (see here). Well, CT Fiction Fest is back (tomorrow!!) and I will be pitching again. Only this year, I’ve decided to throw an agent or two into the mix.

Now that I’ve sold two books, I’d like to expand my horizons or maybe it’s more accurate to say broaden my reach. I’ve realized that in order to keep motivated, I need to update my goals. For so long, the goal was – sell a book!

Mission accomplished. Now it’s time to dream bigger which includes writing more stories. And believe me, I’ve got loads of them locked in my head, scribbled in notebooks, and even all over Post-It notes. Coming up with ideas is not a problem. Executing those ideas, while promoting Mystic Ink and preparing The Undead Space Initiative for release all while maintaining a full time job/life, is not so easy.

But, hey, I’m not complaining. No one is standing over me with a gun making me write. I could walk away at any time. Of course, I wouldn’t be happy with myself. I already know because I’ve walked away from writing before and it drove me nuts.

Don’t let life drive you cuckoo!

Since stopping isn’t an option, eventually something will have to give. At the moment, I’m focused on Mystic Storm and a totally different novel. That’s means not so much time spent on social media or other activities. The only way I can create time for writing is to take it from something else. That’s just how it is.

Buried deep in my mind is the fantasy that some day I can quit my day job. There is 8-9 hours, right there, plumb for writing. If I need to  acquire an agent to do that – I’ll consider it. If I need to stick to e-pubs for a while – yup, that works. If I need to Indie publish – that’s a viable option too.

So back to pitching, this year, the focus is on –  where can I go next? And what can I accomplish with the time I have?

To a non-writer I know this seems like crazy talk! But in reality, you have to really love what you’re doing to keep going. Selling a few books was exciting, but by no means the end of the story. Like anything writing is a journey, not a destination.

How about you? What are you trying to accomplish? What are you willing to give up to get there?

20 thoughts on “I Must be Crazy!

  1. I love that you are always looking forward like this. I’m considering Indie-publishing myself these days. But most of all, I just want to write good stories. (In between gardening – it is spring, after all.)

    1. Tam, I can’t wait to read your book! I’ll be first in line no matter what you decide! And I agree on the great stories.That’s what I want as a reader too.

  2. Timely post as usual, my friend. I’m constantly reassessing my goals and trying to figure out where to go next. But with everything currently on my plate, I feel a bit like the Tazmanian devil and I’m asking myself, “is this what I really want?” Some days the answer is a resounding “yes,” Other days, not so much. I’m taking a much needed vacation next week and we’ll see how I feel after being off the grid for a while. I think if I can reconnect with the reason I started this journey to begin with, my vision will be clearer and Taz can take a back seat:-)

    1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels like – what on earth have I done??!! Enjoy the time off – you seriously deserve it!

  3. Have a great time at the conference. My goal right now is to self-publish the children’s book I’m working on, and then to self-pub my Lumberjack book. It’s gonna be a busy summer! 🙂

    1. My motto is “fake it ’till you make it!” Some days (heck, weeks), my resolve is crap. But most of the time I get things done (or try to!).

  4. Right now I would be happy to just finish the book. I thought when I retired that I would have time to write and do all the other things I dreamed of doing. Truth is, I write less now that when I worked 11 hour days. Then, writing was my escape. Now that I have nothing that drives that need to escape, other things like spending 2 days sitting in various garages to get my brakes fixed seem to fill the void and take up all my energy, if not totally all my time. So, my goal is to finish the d—- book and get it to my critique group.

    Good luck with your goal my friend. I know you will make it. And don’t hate that day job so much, it might be more help than you think!

    1. Thanks Jon. I appreciate the wisdom and I totally understand the logic. It’s easy to waste time when you have loads of it.

  5. Hi Casey,
    I’m working on my marketing plan as my first book will release in August. I’m also working on writing another novel. After my two novels come out, my goal would be to be published by “the big six”. So, back to the writing desk.

  6. Love your attitude and goals! I was recently reminded that ‘Luck is simply the intersection of hard work and opportunity’. Your goals and hard work are paying off and your commitment to grow will get you there. Good luck at the conference!

    1. Thanks Cynthia! That is a great quote! I’ll be blogging over at Castles and Guns on May 15th and my post, coincidentally, is about luck vs. hard work.

  7. You hit the nail on the head. Marketing and promoting takes up so much time. Time that can be used for writing. But it’s part of the whole picture.
    I’m so glad that you’re able to change your course and reach higher. I hope to be able to do that in the future. Right now I’m still in the beginner stages as my book just released.
    Best of luck on your journey. I know you’ll reach your goals.

  8. Dream big, Casey. You won’t have to give up anything. It’s win-win for you.

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