I Can Do It!

Published on 9 July 2024 at 08:00

Good morning, Readers!

Here's a fun fact about bears. Apparently, all species of bear have been observed stopping to appreciate the beauty of the world around him. They will stop their foraging to watch a beautiful sunset.

And that's this week's fun fact.

Anyway, I was completely unable to function this weekend. It was hot and humid, and I just... shut down when it gets very warm. So I basically laid down on my couch and slept in fits and starts. Not for the first time this summer, I threatened to move to Ireland. I can't afford to move to Ireland. But I keep making the threat all the same. Some people adore the heat. I am not one of them.

But enough of my complaining. On to writing news. I am now slowly going through the final book in The Three Worlds War series, and so far, it's nowhere near as terrible as I remember it. It's going to take me a while to get through what I've written so far so I can re-start where I left off and be more or less in the world.

I know how the story ends, so I know that there will be a decent conclusion to the series, but getting there has been a slog, which is weird, because I actually really love this story and the characters in it (even though I am challenged by current world events). I do think it's a story worth telling. I don't know why I'm struggling to tell it.

Well, I kinda do. It's long hours at the office, with few hours left over for things I want and need to do in order to get my creative career off the ground. And even less energy, if this weekend was anything to go by. I would love to be able to reduce my hours at the office. To do that, I'd need to earn $6,000.00 a month (so I can afford food, rent, supplies and to pay the tax man).

In broad strokes that's not that far away. I just need to get 6 000 people to sign up for a Ko-Fi subscription. Some people manage that easily. I'm going to have to come up with some kind of strategy in order to build my follower numbers. Generally speaking the ratio of followers to subscribers tends to be 32:1. So, assuming that functions across platforms, I'll need something like 200 000 followers in order to get 6 000 subscribers. So that's a goal to work towards. What platform will be the best one to do that with is entirely unknown currently.

But it's there, in the back of my mind.

Which probably isn't helping with the writing thing. I really need to focus. That's my biggest problem. I can't focus.

Things, however, are starting to look up. I am getting through the manuscript (albeit slowly) during what time I have during the work day, and I'll be starting writing soon enough.

I can't wait to finish this draft, and then start the process of finding a 2nd beta reader for the second manuscript while I put the first one on submission. I'm almost there. I can do it.

Slán go foill!

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