Being hooked on webcomics over the years, I love one unique strip called Unshelved. The comic is set in a library, features library staff as the main characters plus a teen who keeps trying to sneak adult books out. The writer and artist, Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, continuously roll with typical library situations and hilarious coping skills. They used to hold a Pimp My Book Cart event every year. http://www.unshelved.com/
They sell many great t-shirts that are book or library related. I have one that says, Will Work for Books, bought at ComicCon International in San Diego from Gene, himself. So what is the point of all this back story and when do we get to the blog about writing? Well, I’ll tell you!
The last time I wore the shirt, I felt like a fraud. Will I work for my own books? Will I put in hours daily, get the promotion ball rolling, talk to fans, and be on top of the whole newsletter thing? Or will I play solitaire when I should be editing, thinking of new plots and stories when my third book is idling, and read the latest steamy romance from my writer friends before remembering I haven’t put out a newsletter in over a year?
Obviously, that’s not what the shirt is about, but it made me think about the life of a writer. If anyone said being a self-published author is easy, they were lying. And the ironic part of all this is that I am a married retired woman. I don’t have children to raise, I don’t have a 40 hour per week or more job, and I write every day. My health is moderately good, mostly weight issues to deal with, and I walk every day.
I am getting excited about the upcoming writers’ convention and I am making strides in finishing the mourning for my dear friend. I can work for books! Accountability is absolutely vital to any project like this. So starting on April 1st, I will post a daily word count, just like I did for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I may be editing if all goes well at the convention, but nonetheless, I will be at my desk, on my computer or laptop and writing, writing, writing.
I feel so much better. You have helped me commit and you didn’t even know you were going to do that, did you? Kind of like being in a novel and being thrown a plot twist! Next step, get that newsletter up and running!
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.