Several milestones to talk about. This has been a big week.
Last week, I had an epiphany that led to the creation of a book plan for the nonfiction books. It was triggered by the comment my son made to me that I blogged about in Encouragement’s Awesome Power. It made so much sense to me to look for the invisible rewards that were available for free, everywhere, in every activity I was engaged in.
Over the weekend, as I considered that epiphany and the consequences of it. I know I have a living to make, a business to run, and a lot of obligations that come with those things. And yet that’s not what I’m here for. I’m not here to run a business, except as that business is part of what I’m supposed to be doing, that makes me what I’m supposed to be. The success of that business is not my job. To a large extent, I haven’t any control over it. All I can do is the work.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past while not really being able to access what I actually want, because I thought of that as being mostly irrelevant. There were things I had to do. I had to make a living. Period. That meant that I couldn’t just do whatever I wanted, so what I wanted didn’t matter.
Well, it does. It does matter. And I have a certain obligation to pay attention to what I want as an indicator of what I should be doing.
I want to write. I do. It’s not just something I can do, it’s something I MUST do, so I am going to do it. It occurred to me that I had a book arc for my nonfiction series Knights of Insanity, and I might as well have one for the nonfiction series too, since there is a logical progression of those ideas, too.
So Even Your Mother is out – now also available in paperback – and the next book is How Not to Suck, which is 90% written and just has to be second-edited. Then there’s Oiling the Machine, which is 30% written, and the fourth book becomes Seeing the Invisible Man. The last one is Far Green Country, but that one might be a standalone. Regardless, there is a draw to putting this kind of arc together, as the project takes on momentum of its own. It’s exciting to move from one to the other.
I don’t know if there’s anything that will happen from all this. I might not sell more than a few books here and there. But I will be writing them. I will. This is actually going to happen.
And I published Even Your Mother in paperback. A real book. I’ll have more on that milestone, and what I learned from it, later.