Aaaaaaargh! How do you do it?

Surely Time management can only work if you have Time in the first place?

I got up nice and early this morning, full of vim and verve, ready to crack on with my book, ‘Evhen & Uurth.’ (It’s a working title so it can be excused for the time being.) I had two hours before I’d have to go out to work – I’m a self-employed dog walker, or Pet Professional as I rather snootily prefer – and I’d planned on addressing the following with my characters who have been stranded around page #80 for the past several months:

  •  I needed to rouse De’Ath from his drunken stupor and help him get his shit together;
  •  I needed to work on the character of Corolious the raven as he sets flight on his first errand. He was to be my main character when I started out, but I’ve found others have somehow developed into stronger personalities already;  
  • I had prepare Four Fingers Freddy and Radnor Park for their journey into the Mountains of Gaarg;
  • I had a couple of things in mind for Shorty le Boeuf and his, ‘assistant,’ Biffa. A peaceful hour or so would let me decide their next move;
  • Junior God, Ancor, and his small team at Soul Nourishment were about to be placed in a very awkward and embarrassing situation. 

 

So here’s what I did:

  • I cleaned and disinfected the hallway floor after one of my elderly cats puked all over it;
  • I prepared my business invoices for tomorrow;
  • I spent an age texting various people after two members of my tennis team advised injuries and unavailability for our match at the weekend;
  • I was very short-tempered with two telephone cold-callers;
  • I spent fifteen minutes on Facebook – obviously.
  • I had breakfast;
  • I went to work.

I was quiet at work today. I finished early and returned home full of vim and verve, ready to crack on with my book, ‘Evhen & Uurth.’

And now I’m writing this blog post and listening to Led Zepplin, cranked up to eleven.

 

Hey ho – tomorrow’s another day.

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RENEWED ENTHUSIASM!

Wimbledon 2015b - 200Right!  Summer’s over (it was early this year in the West of Scotland, being on 15th July) and my proper work has reverted to more regular hours. I now have some time to crack on with ‘Soul Survivor,’ and hopefully expand this blog into more than just a conduit for sales of ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee,’ which was published just about a year ago.

You know – one of the side benefits of writing and publishing a book, is the introduction it offers to similarly minded aspiring, indie authors.

This past year, I’ve read more books in a twelve month period than ever before. Those books were written not by Terry Pratchett, Frank Dikotter, Neel Mukherjee, Jang Jin-Sung, or Douglas Adams, some of my favourite authors. No – they were written by the likes of Rob Gregson, Jessica Collette, Andy Paine, Sarah Potter, Sue Harris, Robert Wingfield, Lia LondonCynthia Port, Will OnceJames Court and Ana Spoke– some of my new favourite authors! (Watch out also for a guy called Corben Duke. He’s just been signed up by a publisher for his comedic fantasy, ‘The Worst Man on Mars.’ Very funny!)

Bad Business 200Desiccation 200Indiot 200Kibble Talk 200Love Death and Tea 200Naming The Bits Between 200 The Contest 200 Unreliable Histories 200
The Fargenstropple Affair 200
Mulligans Revenge 200

Hopefully, over the next few months I can convince some of these excellent and entertaining writers to spend a little time on this blog, giving a bit of background to their inspirations and aspirations.

Indie authors everywhere …. I’m coming at you with a metaphorical microphone!

But for now …. ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee’ – the final push.