Absence and chaos

I noticed the last few posts have been excusing my absence on my blog.

My schedule is chaotic. I gained extra work, tutoring primary school children literacy and teaching creative writing to high school (middle school) young adults. All in order to save for a car and to, hopefully, go full-time writing at the end of the year with a decent amount of savings.

Amongst the chaos, I have been editing my draft. It is taking me slower than expected but forward at any pace is better than nothing.

In this chapter, I hope I haven't lost any followers or a potential blogging audience.

Be patient with me and inform me of how your current WIP is going.

#DWTSmith #chaos

17 thoughts on “Absence and chaos

  1. Life’s like that Douglas! Sometimes just too much is happening and you have to prioritise. I’m sure you won’t lose any genuine followers 🙂

  2. Sometimes life just gets in the way, doesn’t it? No worries about losing this follower. 😊
    It sounds like you’re legitimately swamped. I can relate. Good luck to you in your endeavors.
    I’ll be editing soon myself. Sigh. I know how it feels. Slow-moving is still moving.

    • Thank you that means a lot 😃
      I am swimming in a pool of reports and assessments for the classes. Good luck to you too and yes, moving forward at any pace is still moving 👍😃

  3. You are SO forgiven, because I can SO relate. I’ve been editing my (former) 90,000-word ms and there just isn’t a fast way to do it. Fact is, you can write 90K words faster than you can edit them. It’s unfortunate, but there it is.

    Good luck to you, sir! Tame that beast.

  4. Hello Douglas!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, nice to meet a fellow fantasy author! I am at another end of the financial spectrum you describe – I had savings, took time off, and spent them all by the time my book was complete, haha! I will have 1-2 months after my book is launched, and then in all likelihood I will have to go back to juggling work and writing. Having had the time off, and learned a lot about the writing process that I thought I already knew four years ago (and clearly did not!), I am optimistic that I will be able to be much more productive while working than previously. i.e. I think I know now how to streamline the process and cut the crap, which was down to me not understanding how to edit my own book before, and not knowing when to call in an outside editor to help guide me towards the final draft. (I also started off trying to do 3-4 projects simultaneously, which did NOT work for me.) That wasted a lot of my time and savings! The next book is already begun, and I will be much more efficient in the editing this time around. Good luck!

    • Hello Roderick!
      It is good to connect with fellow fantasy authors. I am hoping to do that as well. I want to have a good amount of savings and follow the same path you did.
      Good luck with the next book and I’m sure our paths will cross again, once we have both published our novels.
      All the best 🙂