When I first started writing full-time, it seemed inevitable that I would be excitably bouncing off the walls for a few months, before I started settling into the role. Since January, I’ve barely been able to keep still. But now I’m almost three months in, sitting down to write every day is starting to feel like my new normal.
I enjoyed the excitement while it lasted, but I don’t miss it. Perpetual joy makes focusing harder, so experiencing a hurdle or two can really help with knuckling down.
This week, I spent a little time looking forward. Valkyrie Cursed won’t release until 30th June, which is eons away. Valkyrie Awakened – which I’ve made some decent progress on this week – won’t release until some time at the end of September. It feels like I’m waiting for Christmas to come in January.
These releases, for me, signify the real start of my author career. Making money is how people around you decide whether or not what you’re doing is a hobby or a job. I’ve been called “unemployed” enough times in the past few months to make me bang my head repeatedly against my desk. Not literally, but for the headache I get, I may as well have.
So what do I do while I’m waiting for the big days to arrive? Well, I have everything to do in the next few months. Finish writing and editing Valkyrie Awakened, finish planning book three in the series, and not to mention starting some ad courses which will hopefully help when release days finally roll around.
When I first realised this was what I would have to do to pass the time, my heart sank a little. Not because I don’t enjoy the work – I really do – but for how releasing The Rogue Valkyrie series will step up my career. I don’t expect to be rolling in piles of cash, but I want to be able to pay a bill, and treat my husband to a staycation. But also that my ten hour work days, and all the struggles that come with them, I might finally shake the title of “unemployed”.
It’s not a dirty word, and I wouldn’t be ashamed of being unemployed if I was, but I’m not. I’m not applying for jobs or looking for work. I have a job, and being branded unemployed makes all this hard work feel like it doesn’t really mean anything. To me, it means everything!
This is going to be a long couple of months, filled with curse words, coffee, and probably procrastination. But at the end of it all, there will be nine books, a complete series and hopefully a lot of happy readers. I’ll keep that in mind while I’m editing the same sentence eighty times in a row.
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