Archive for April, 2011

Publishing progress and problems

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I don’t consider myself to be an overly impatient person. I don’t think that, as a writer, it serves much purpose. But the sheer scale of the task that lies ahead is made all the more frustrating by the fact there appears to be a delay factored into every single aspect of taking forward an electronic publication.

I am partly challenged by my technical limitations. There are such vast resources accessible via the internet that I barely know where to start. I am putting feelers out into the worlds of other Bloggers and waiting for any response. I am also starting to put out similar threads in forums and waiting for there to be results from that. But it is definitely a laborious process and one that I am going to have to refine if I am going to be able to make significant progress towards a successful outcome to this latest publishing adventure.

The final hiccup to the smooth progress of this process is that it is not an entirely solitary affair. I am reliant upon the favours of others for certain aspects of this process, and as these are favours, there is a limit as to how hard I can push. I am also fully aware of how much other stuff people have to get on with in their lives… but I find my ego and vanity starting to twitch when something doesn’t happen almost instantaneously.

A favour should be gratefully accepted with no preconditions so I am just going to have to quell my own personal grumbles as being a sign that maybe I’m not as patient as I thought I was.

I think that the balance is there to be found. Hard work and perseverence on my part, obviously some good fortune thrown into the mix, and the support and friendship of others is what will see this project come to fruition, so we shall take it one step at a time!



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Prevarication and other timewasting strategies

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

I’m actually writing this as a way of avoiding doing a number of other significantly more important activities.

I should be writing something more creatively impactful. It’s not like there is a shortage of projects that I haven’t got to complete.

And if I have opted for the non-writing alternatives, there are any number of pressing jobs that require my attention.

But I find myself drawn to this task as it allows me to slightly kid myself that I am actually doing something worthwhile.

Surely this type of activity is at the centre of the online profile creation and awareness expanding plan. Blogging, Twittering, Facebooking… any other form of networking. Forum hunting, commenting, tagging, reviewing… all important stuff allegedly.

So why is it that I feel that all I’m doing is putting of doing the important work til later… because this is so much easier. If anyone knows the answer, please let me know.

Is the presence of this blog and it’s content enough of a justification for the time invested in it or would the ‘creative juices’ be better served by working on the actual stories themselves. Or, is it just the case that in the new world order of writing and publishing, we have to be able to do all of these things as the only useful survival strategy.

Is the question now one of time management, rather than thinking that the internet is the ’emperor of all prevarication’.

I’ll maybe let you know in a couple of hours time when I’ll either still be noodling around online, or actually engaged in a slightly more practical and useful activity.



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Future of writing

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Enjoyed the sunshine with some wine and a good book.

Booklife – by Jeff Vandermeer

Food for thought about what the future of writing and publishing might be in the ever changing technological world that we are all trying to compete in.

I suppose what the most interesting thing is that we really can only surmise what is going to happen, because the changes to publishing that have occured in the recent future have opened up massive opportunities. Whether these opportunities can be exploited successfully remains to be seen, but just the sheer scale of the Kindle publishing adventure (amongst others) is such a change to what was available just a couple of short years ago.

I think it’s going to be a challenge to actually make an impact in these new forums, because the competition will be so much greater, but then, that’s half the fun, isn’t it.

I’ll be telling my tale of this adventure over the coming months and am looking forward to seeing how it will all play out.



Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Had some wine and some sunshine… even managed a good book for a while

But as the weekend carries on, it can’t all just be about the pleasure, there’s gotta be a little bit of pain, which I am expecting will be in my back later on today when the potato patch gets dug over and planted… 30 each ‘charlottes’ and ‘desirees’ – but I can already tase them… the potato salads, roasts, wedges, mash…

Still, it’s not instant gratification when you grow your own, but it is always worth the wait!



Long Weekend

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

It’s a long weekend and four days of freedom and sunshine before the reality of the day job returns.

The trouble now becomes about how to prioritise all of that free time.

There is a lot of writing that I should be getting on with.
The allotement is at that time of year when it needs the most attention… gotta love all of that free veg!
All those chores that build up still need doing.
Sunshine and wine and a good book!

Still have no idea which one is going to get the most attention. I know what I’m leaning towards right now… but alas, I think that one would ultimately be the least productive.

If I try to do everything, will I just end up doing everything badly… decisions, decisions.

I’ll let you know how things turn out!



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