I’m working quite hard on the fiction side of my career at the moment and it’s going quite well. I anticipate I’ll have two books ready to upload to Amazon in time for the Christmas rush. 🙂 Covers are ordered and scheduled, the first book is pretty much done except for the coding into e-pub format and that should only take a few hours at most. The second is laid out and about 25% written.
The garden writing side is doing better as well. Ebook sales are holding comfortably, website traffic is well up over last year and rising into the fall instead of declining so that’s all to the good. And I’m learning a ton about video traffic and how to influence that on Youtube so that’s become a major channel for me as well.
But what is clear is that I’m tired. Not the kind of tired that can be dealt with by a good night’s sleep but rather the kind that goes bone deep and gets in the way of life. It’s been over 15 years now since I went full time writing and I’ve managed to survive – and indeed thrive – through some rather interesting times. But it all takes a toll and so I’ve decided to cut back on a few more things.
I’m about to consolidate two more websites to bring me down to 3 websites to maintain and develop. I shut down Facebook commenting on my sites – instead putting contact forms up that are specific to each page – and will deal with suggestions in that manner from now on. I get far too many questions from folks who don’t bother to actually – you know – like – read the articles before they ask their question. And this week saw a record number of readers complain they didn’t get their question answered even though every place clearly says I can’t get to them all.
It’s all a bit too much I’m afraid and I’m glad it’s fall so I can pull in the horns a bit and take it easier.
And that brings me to this site. I have deleted several draft posts here in the last few weeks because after they had sat for some time, I decided they weren’t as brilliant as they were when I first wrote them. 😉 When I find myself doing that, it’s time to take a break – to go find a rose or two to smell ensuring I have the time to smell them.
Bottom line. I’ll be back but not until I have something I think I really want to say that moves a conversation forward.