Morning Pages Entry – May 14, 2014

Going to see how quickly I can do this this morning. I have to leave for the boat in 23 minutes or around 6:30, so let’s get this done. Today, is launch day for the boat, and the good news this early, is that the weather looks pretty good for it. That’s nice. I set the alarm for 6am this morning, but the damn birds outside our open bedroom window, decided that 4am was a more appropriate time. I was able to put the off for another hour and fell back to sleep, but when they got me awake at 5am, there was no going back to sleep. Well, it’s a good thing, that I don’t need much sleep these days. So I laid in bed for an hour awake this morning, being annoyed with myself, for not getting more novels out there in a decent amount of time. That’s never a productive thing. I don’t know, why it is those first little bit of waking time when I’m not quite full up, that my mind messes with me so much. It’s like the lizard brain takes over, and fills me with worry and regret. Need to work on that. It would be so nice, if that brain had positive things to fixate on. Things like a healthy number of book sales or something. I need to create more positive things in my life for it to think about. The more I think about splitting my novel up, the more I like it, but the more I worry about how exactly to do it. I think the best I can really do, is two novels of two hundred pages or 50K words each. Right now, I’m sitting at around 75,000 words or 300 pages. Given that I told my editor, that I was onlyi going to be 75K words, I think the most I could go over that would be another 25K words, which would give her 100K to deal with. If that was 2 books, and I published those next month, you could make one free, and have the 3rd one out for July. That’s doable I believe. I can write and clean up another 25K words, before June 9th for my editor, then book another date with her for early July for the next book, and write 50K words for her. That would give me 3 novels still before the summer gets into full swing. Then, if the series is going well, and I still want to proceed with it, then I can go back to 75K for the 4th book. Or hell, maybe we go with around the 200 page book, and make it that much easier to hit my monthly deadlines. There’s nothing wrong with that. I still need to incorporate the weekly books as well. Certainly, if I’m doing 200 page books, instead of 300 page books, then that has to be easier. An extra 2000 pages per day with a first pass edit would be pretty sweet, as a serial to keep readers interested. Even, if they’re just side stories, or perhaps another different series altogether. Not suer how to go with that. The point to it all, is becoming as prolific as possible, and making up for a lot of lost time. If you did that starting in July, then by the time you hauled the boat out, you could have 4 full length novels on the market, and 12 or so short stories in the wind. That should be a pretty good place to be. At some point, you could take the short stories, and just bundle them all up. That could likely give you another 2 or 3 full length stories in the marketplace. If you can’t make money, with that many stories floating around, then chances are it’s time to go work at McDonalds. I can’t imagine that ever happening. At that point, it would likely make more sense to push the marketing of things up a bit. At that point, you would have basically two series working for you, with 2 permaFree books to promote. That should make for a better Christmas this year, and a better winter overall. Not to mention, a nicer boat come next spring. After that, it’s hard to imagine how nice things could be for me and those around me, but it would be fun to try. I just need to be more prolific and write like a man on fire. That’s what this summer is going to be like.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: busy LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: editing PUSHUPS: 3:30 wall sits TODO: launch boat, edit TV: 70s show, madmen, californication BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: salmon fish patty SNACKS: orange, grapes, 3 lara bars ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 11:30 AWAKE: 4am, 5am, 6am

 

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