Amanda’s post will be tomorrow, unless I’m incommunicado. More on that later. She didn’t have it ready, because Real Life attacked her. So…
As some of you have noticed, I’ve been writing a lot more for PJMedia. Partly this is to try to cover the monumental hole left in our finances when the college decided younger son wasn’t eligible for more loans (because he’s taking two majors and three minors.) Yes, he could graduate in one, but at this point it would take the same time because of administrative stuff, so instead he made a plan to graduate in one and a half years.
The problem is one of his minors — aerospace engineering — has a lot of graduate level classes, which hurt the pocket book even more.
The other problem is that my income is irregular. As in, yeah, sure, I get a decent income, but I’m at the mercy of things like the book publication being delayed; when royalties come; etc and meanwhile tuition is due every semester.
Also, honestly, there’s a bunch of things we need to do on the house. We bought it as a short sale, which means maintenance had been neglected for years and also they let their cat pee everywhere (which we didn’t notice for various reasons. Mostly because the house smelled so much of pot you couldn’t smell anything else) and our cats are making those spots a massive problem (hence last week’s painting jag because if you killzee the marked walls, they leave them alone (so the issue is not OUR cats as such.)
So, I’ve been pushing on the PJ to the exclusion of fiction. The problem is two fold: it doesn’t hit the “writing” to me so I am having “vivid fiction dreams’ which btw is not easy to sleep through. And I’m sacrificing long term money (fiction pays more in the long run) for short term gain. I’m also losing fans of the fiction for not continuing series/etc.
Also, honestly, 3 to 4 posts a week is too much. One or two is okay and I don’t even notice (and it’s exposure) with the occasional 3 when I have something to say about something that really riles me. But I can’t support another almost-daily blog. I’m not quitting PJ, I’m just going back to a more relaxed schedule and prioritizing my fiction.
Husband, who is my minder has noticed all this. We’ll figure out a way around the financial crunch (of course these things come at the worst possible time) but my main focus is to do fiction from now on. To initiate that, I’m going away for a writing weekend this weekend.
I’m going to a remote area and I might or might not have phone service. Reports are mixed. If I have service, I’ll put Amanda’s post up tomorrow and the regular Sunday post. If not Monday evening I’ll let you know how it went.
Meanwhile, I think husband is right. This falls within the law of “day jobs” ie. in my case, take a day job when needed, but no one that interferes with my ability to write, because long term that’s what has paid/is likely to pay for me.
It’s easy to lose your long term priorities in the fores of “must do now.” It’s time I reset.
Hopefully the weekend will do that.
Let that be a lesson to you on how easy it is to get out of track without even noticing. Keep an eye on your goals, or they’ll vanish beyond a false horizon.