It’s been a while since I posted last – far longer than I intended it to be, but that’s pretty much par for the course with me and blogging I’m afraid. I write so many posts in my head, and completely fail to type them into the computer!
In December in particular, I should have been around, telling you about Christmas books I’ve written in the past. And I should probably have done a post all about what I did during 2015 – especially since 2015 was a good year for me.
I didn’t do any of that. Mostly because I was busy taking stock in a different way. I took December off writing and editing (my first ever “holiday from writing”) and spent it thinking about where I am with my writing, what direction I want to go in next, and how best to get there.
I don’t have any huge dramatic conclusions to share. But I did make some decisions, which I hope will allow me to build on the improvements in my health from 2015, and ultimately produce more books.
I kind of expected to come out of December with a plan and a schedule for 2016. Instead I came out with the realisation that I’m going to do my dammedest to avoid planning and scheduling anything in advance.
One of the reasons I switched to self publishing is so that I don’t have to plan so far ahead or stick to deadlines. (Because, due to my energy levels being hugely unpredictable, plans and deadlines are stressful and impracticable for me.) However, habits are hard to break and I took the formal publishing mindset over to self pub with me. I gave myself just as many deadlines as publishers ever did.
So, in 2016, I’m going to make myself take one project at a time. I’ll pick my first project and do it to the very best of my ability. Then, when the first project is finished, I’ll pick my next project and do the same.
My first project for this year is the second edition of Pushing the Envelope. It was originally released in 14 parts. I’m going to tweak and re-edit it, as well as (probably) add two more parts.
The new edition will be released all in one ebook – kind of a series box set thing.
It will be released as and when it’s ready. No advanced scheduling, remember?
So, there we are.
2015 was a much better year than I expected – both health wise and professionally. It was hundreds of times better than 2014.
Here’s to hoping that 2016 will be an even better year for us all!