Kris and Dean have good articles up on priorities recently…

Kris:  On Popcorn Kittens.

Dean:  Priorities in this Brave New World.

What is the #1 thing that an indie writer should do?  WRITE.

What have I been putting last on my list for the last two weeks?  WRITING.

I have a stack of publishing things to do, from putting up the new Haunted Empire cover (with the help of Jeremy Martinson of Ponies Studios) (I know, I know–change the swirly font!), to doing a new print galley of Chance Damnation so I can get the POD up, to getting the first Exotics book out, to a dozen other behind-the-scenes things that can get more of my books read, to the VERY IMPORTANT WFH stuff I need to do to keep body and soul together while I wait for the indy stuff to take off…

WRITE

WRITE

WRITE

I am so far behind on the writing schedule I made up this April that it’s saaad.  I’m behind one whole novel at this point, and typing up a second (a NaNo book that I wrote longhand, nevermind).  AND a new party game to write.

Where did the freaking time go?

Lost in the learning curve, that’s what.  And pay work.  And…to be honest, staying connected.

But:  I should be done with the first draft of this novel, YOUR SOUFFLE MUST DIE, today.  Today.  Unfortunately, lots of editing to do on it (for me, that is), because I got sick of looking things up toward the end, and it’s a mystery novel, so it has to run like clockwork.  And recipe testing!  That should be fun…but also not writing.

Next up, Exotics #4.  I have to bump it up in the writing queue, because it’s based on Ray, and I want to catch her at the same moments, tracking how she seems to understand the world, the things she’s concerned about.  And #4 is a summer-vacation book.

WRITE

WRITE

WRITE

I need to have one of these mental-reminder-of-priorities sessions about once a month, I think.

The Haunted Empire cover.  Swirly text needs to be changed.