The final edits are underway! Here’s a sneak peak at the cover art for Walk Through the Valley: Calm Waters.
It’s been tough. Between editors taking advantage of my reading impairment issues and taking money for incomplete work, and artists that needed far too much wrangling, we are finally getting a productive team together.
I read several books on writing faster and learned a lot about structure and planning. “2k to 10k” was a good one. Comment if you’re trying to write and want to check out books like this because there are some to avoid. I’ll reply to your comment as quick as I can with other titles.
Ultimately I have been finding a lot of joy in just making this work. Yes, roadblocks, negative people, scammers and the like can be nerve wracking: but I swear it’s like I’m finding myself in the characters I write. It’s a mental exercise in a way. To challenge a character to face a fear and conquer demons, helps me to reflect and see things from other perspectives.
The biggest struggle right now is time. I’m working a ton to try and get full custody of my daughter, working a ton means i don’t see my daughter as much, lawyers aren’t free and courts are prejudice toward fathers.
Anyway, staying positive I also read some books on time management and organization. I’m seeing not only am i getting more done, juggling everything without feeling as overwhelmed, I’m also sleeping better which means fewer mistakes. Getting Things Done was the best one for that. (comment for more titles) I still need to learn a lot more but the little I’ve learned has had a huge impact.
So, I guess really the big thing I need to learn is to accept the passage of time. Time is not grains of sand slipping between my fingers as I try to grasp it all. (Contrary to a poem a wrote long ago) It is an experience that has to be… well… experienced. So how do you fully experience every minute?
I don’t really know yet… perhaps I’ll have a character work on that one for me.
Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon