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Slowing Down for Bigger Things

My plans this year involve a number of large, long term projects where I am writing for me with intention of sending out to agents or self publishing. This means I need to severely limit the other contracts I take on. I know this. However, as projects drop off my plate, I am getting more and more anxious. I shouldn’t. I know what I’m doing. I’ve even talked it over with the husband. But, I can’t help it. I feel like I’m slacking.

This is the bane of a freelancer’s existence. The need to constantly having new freelance jobs arrive. And the lack of such really playing havoc with the brain and the emotions. I am slowing down my pace but the rest of me is still running like crazy. I’m not sure what I need to do to convince myself it will be okay. I suspect I will do much better once I have ramped up into serious work on the next novel.

In the meantime, this is what I’m working on:

• YA novel #1. Status: red line edits with intention of getting it out to alpha readers by the end of February.

• Monthly – Gravestone Stories. Status: in progress. Monthly article for the Apex Blog about gravestone symbols.

• Consulting Gig. Fiction book. Status: pending. Should complete my consulting by mid-March

Industry Talks. Non-fiction writing book. Status: edits back from editor. Next in queue for work. Intentions to get it out the door by late March.

• Untitled Ghost Story. Graphic photo novel. Status: pending. Scene outline needs to be to photographer by end of March. Full outline by end of April. Script by end of June.

• YA Novel #2. Status: pending. Outline by mid-April. Writing as of August.

So, I have plenty to do. In the meantime, I’m turning down contracts… for the most part. I could not resist verbally agreeing to the RPG contract that involved Roanoke Island. That’s the kind of stuff I adore.