This month, I have seen things happen that wouldn’t have if I had not done them anyway.It worked! I put on my Just Do It Shoes (Nikes) and did what I had to do to make things happen. There times when I didn’t think they would happen.
I picked up a job where I work 9 additional hours, and then my other job got out of my way. I work during the day five days per week and even there I have been offered flexibility in hours and to some extent, I can even change the days that I work if I have to. I have been thinking about adding a third job which is less of a job and more an avocation. I am thinking about making sweet rolls like I remember eating when I was a child. In addition, I learned how to make rolls that are served around here that everyone who likes bread loves. I have access to an inspected kitchen. I could do this during hours that I am not working on my other jobs and still be able to do all that I need to do with my writing. And if the roll business works out, I will be able to then phase out these other jobs. I think I’ll wait for a little while for this one. Not too long, though. Now that the summer months are almost over, this would be a good time to get this started.
Changes are everywhere. The book launch was Saturday and getting ready for it has helped me grow in many ways this month. I learned that I could make things happen even when others around me were less than cooperative. More importantly, however, is that I am learning not to get anxious when things do not seem to be going as I had planned. Sometimes what seems like a delay or a setback could actually be a shortcut to something bigger as was the case with meeting the woman from the radio station on the street.
However, creating the plan is important because as I learned, it gave me direction and focus and kept me at least going in the right direction. During the next several months, I think that I am going to be focusing more on this plan. I plan to focus my attention next month on the various aspects of my business plan. Since I am just releasing a book, I’ll especially focus on marketing and sales.
And then there is still the writing that I have to do. This month much of my time was spent working on marketing my book launch, but next month I want to get back more into the production aspects of book writing too. I have three books to work on final edits (I am redoing When God Turned His Head. One of my beta readers did a thorough proof read and edit for me.) Also I have a new book that I will be writing in November during NaNoWriMo which I will need to work on the plot outline, character sketches, and do research.
Oregon County Writer’s Group Starts Tonight!
There is also the Oregon County Writer’s Group that we are starting tonight! . All I can say is that I need to keep up with my plan if I am going to make any of this work and still write this blog and do my other online writing.
Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.