This 99 day withdrawal from all social media is one of the best things I’ve done in a very long time. It gave me some perspective on what was important in both my life and writing career and I’m now in motion to both complete the planning stages and implement the beginning stages.
Some lightbulb moments to be sure. 🙂
The objective is simple. I want to live a fully creative life. If I don’t do it now, when will I do it.
I’m reducing the number of garden websites to two. This means a big reorganization to make sense of having two separate sites (I wanted only one site there’s way too much content I think, although the future may prove me wrong on this) Luckily, I have much of the code in place to do this and it “shouldn’t” take too long. Yeah, I used the word “should” and we all know what that means. But a 30% reduction in sites equates to slightly more than 30% reduction in workload and that’s a good thing. Here’s what I wrote for my readers.
Ebooks have been a major income silo for me and I intend to continue improving on their performance. I’ve done a ton of research on this over the last three months, read more ebooks and websites than I can keep track of and am working on a full marketing/developmental plan as we speak. As things change in the ebook market, it’s important to “keep up” and I think I’m now prepared to do this.
All other things, video etc will be maintained but without any emphasis. It will be catch as catch can and when I have an idea that excites me, I’ll move with it.
I continue to be in love with fiction writing. My second mentorship at UBC (this time I’m focussing on short story writing) is moving me into far different thoughts and the number of “aha!” moments is increasing. Much of the reading about ebooks has been aimed at sorting out how to launch this side of my career but there are other things to be done before that happens.
One of those things is to “survive” the Humber School for Writers. I applied, was accepted, and start in January to workshop my way through a novel. I expect this to a) produce a decent novel and b) give me an entirely different set of writing tools by the time I’m done in May.
These two courses end this spring/summer and I’ve identified June, 2015 as my deadline for launching my fiction career in a serious manner.
The 99 Day Project was instrumental in allowing me the thinking time to sort out the relationship between garden-writing and fiction-writing.
Sculpture and Others
I love rocks. Always have. A month ago, I took a week-long course on dry stone construction. (How to build with stone without using mortar) Loved it. Want to continue with my own projects and have been designing the new gardens to incorporate this lovely artistic material.
But this takes time too.
Add loving partner, family including grandchildren, sailing, gardening, etc etc and the days are full.
Ah, now this is one thing that’s still in limbo. I have two blogs. This one and my fiction one. The fiction one will continue as it’s going to be the central launch point for that side of my future-forward career.
The only remaining question is what to do with this one. There are very few things I’d write here that wouldn’t fit either onto my fiction site or my gardening site. This of course begs the question, “Why continue with this one?” I don’t yet have an answer for this question but you’ll be the first to know.
As always, if you have thoughts about what this area can do for you, I’d be more than pleased to get an email from you with those thoughts.
The withdrawal was a good thing. It gave me time to sort things out and rethink what was important to me in social media and my life as a creative person.
If not now – when?