Twiddle my thumbs?

ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryann Wakefield’s signing party was a wonderful success yesterday. She sold out of books in the first hour. After that people stood in line to place orders. Way to go Maryann!

Hi everyone,

This morning I’m reminded what it’s like to be a freelance author. I have nothing to do. In the past ten days I’ve finished (alone or with partners) the final touches on a poetry picture book, an educational book, a poetry chapter, a guest blog, and a middle-grade novel. These projects all started at different times but they all reached completion at about the same time.

Now they and several other projects are in other people’s hands and I have nothing with a deadline or that’s under contract to work on. Every morning I get up knowing what I’ll be writing that day. This morning I don’t. This is the hardest part of being a freelance writer: being a self starter. When there is nothing to do, we have to make something new happen. Otherwise we’re out of business.

Time to go to my ace in the hole. Remember the other day when I said that while waiting in a doctor’s office I’d listed subjects for a new collection I had in mind? This is the day when I return to that notion and begin to explore its possibilities. For now it will be my one and only task so I’ll focus entirely on it. If it’s what I hope it is, I’ll be busy for some time to come.

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11 comments on “Twiddle my thumbs?

  1. Good morning David. I am happy for Maryann after all she has been through. You are my energizer bunny that keeps shinning the light on the importance of setting goals and sticking with it.

    • Good morning, Mary Nida! We were all delighted for Maryann. It was a fine day for her and one well earned. Glad to be of service to you. Let’s just keep doing it!

  2. Here’s a poem for you this morning, David!

    David’s Day

    Jump up early,
    (that’s just my way!)
    And wonder how
    I’ll spend my day.

    I could write,
    I could revise.
    The day might find
    a big surprise!

    Make quite sure
    to use my time.
    Pen to paper –
    making rhyme!

    • It’s more like this:
      (Glad you can’t see.)
      Yawn, scratch,
      brush, pee.

      Bleary eyed,
      pour a cup,
      wonder why
      I’ve even up.

      Face the screen,
      and finally grin.
      It’s what I do.
      And I jump in.

  3. LOL! Love it! Off to take the puppies to see the vet. It will be a beautiful drive through the mountains to Laramie this morning! Toodles!

  4. I have just discovered a very creative soul who just has turned my latest writing project idea ‘on its head’. He’s agreed to meet me, with the view of maybe co-writing. I’m excited!!!

    • Well hooray to that, Diane! I’ll be eager to learn if this one goes somewhere good for you. We never know when we climb of bed, do we?

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