Things I Do When I’m Not Writing

This weeks episode is so boring.

Seriously, it’s all about television. Since I don’t see any funds in sight to get my current manuscript edited and polished for publishing, I’ve been spending about three hours per night binge watching “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix. I’m currently up to Season two, episode six. It’s a very good show. I’m a sucker for great characters and this show has them on lock…down.

No worries though, the rest of the time I’m marketing myself and my books and reading all of the blogs I can. I have two books I’m reading as well. I plan to finish those up by the end of the month.

I know, I know, I could be working on my other manuscript which is unfinished and I definitely will but I usually allow myself a couple of weeks to just veg out once I finish a book, just to clear my head and start fresh. Not to mention, I think those who said my recent “UGH” phase was brought on by exhaustion were right, and my batteries were in the red zone and to some degree they still are.

I’m really enjoying this TV series and all of the chatter about how awesome it is, is mostly true. I won’t post any spoilers but I will say it’s worthy of all the Emmy nods, although my favorite shows…and as I stated earlier, favorite actors were snubbed. Of course, everyone who pays attention to these award “things” will have a different opinion and that’s a given. In the words of Tastee, this Emmy stuff is “Bullshit. Shit to the bull.”

I’ve also been spending a good deal of time reflecting and taking inventory; not only my own life but on the world around me. My husband hasn’t worked in a year and a half. His unemployment benefits were cut off in December and I definitely do not make enough at my other non-writing activity to cover all the bills. We’ve always lived within our means and prior to his 2013 lay off, we dealt with the loss of his previous job in 2006 and we learned to survive on what we had and managed to fill in the gaping financial hole a good bit before the other shoe dropped last year. Every day I ask the universe to find him a decent job. Otherwise, downsizing won’t be an option, it will be survival–unless by some miracle my books suddenly end up on the best seller list and I can actually breathe a month without worrying about paying the mortgage.

No matter what happens, I’ll continue to write and publish. I’m not one to throw in the towel. I believe in my books and myself and I know regardless of what happens, I’m going to reach my goals, which brings me to my final thought for this evening.

Here are my short term goals for the remainder of 2014 in no particular order:

  • Get my current manuscript edited
  • Increase book sales
  • Tune up my author platform
  • Grow my blog
  • Write another book
  • Finish my existing book
  • Pay off my credit cards (contingent on my husband finding a job)

There are a lot more but this is a good start. Well, it’s past my bed time so I’ll see all of you good people tomorrow.




2 thoughts on “Things I Do When I’m Not Writing

  1. Lock down. I see what you did there, haha. I haven’t watched Orange is the New Black yet because I’m emerged in like five other shows right now, but I heard it’s great. I really want to start watching!

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