Please forgive the abbreviated post. I am having connectivity issues still, and blogging from my phone is, well…miserable. LoL.
I wanted to offer another idea for your end of the year push. Last week I suggested taking a piece of Labor Day… Which blew up my inbox with mixed responses, so for those who shouted the virtues of time off, how about this; take out your planner & block off a small chunk of time each week for the month of September. Use them to get your documentation together. Preferably, block the same time each week so you can start developing a habit.
Then, for October through the end of the year, use that weekly block of time to get your paperwork in order month by month starting with January. By the time you get to the end, all you’ll have to do itls roll it up for the year and you’re ready for taxes without killing your writing blocks on the early months of 2017.
You can do it! Focus & make it happen.
I got some bowtie pasta salad from the deli. Should have sampled it first…not good. Trying not to be wasteful, I tried this and it made the deli concoction salvagable.
I dumped it on top of a bed of field greens then covered it with house vinaigrette. The greens flavor varieties, along with the bold dressing (since the pasta was supposedly in a vinaigrette too) were just enough to save the pasta dish from the circular file & added a little starch for longevity. Win-win.
I know that what I am going to say here might be unpopular…please hear me out anyway. I promise to make it quick.
We as authors have a LOT of stuff to juggle…production costs, promotion costs, travel costs, education costs, event costs, swag costs…the list is LONG. Come tax time, I have seen, year after year, authors bemoaning the collection, collation, and coding of the invoices, receipts, and odds & ends slips of paper to prepare for the ‘day of due’ or celebration that you made it balance somehow and don’t owe Uncle Sam.
My proposition is, to take part of the Labor Day holiday, since most are off work anyway, and if you haven’t been keeping your documentation together monthly, to get it together and at least partially sorted now. The year is slowly but surely winding down and soon enough you’ll be consumed in holiday preparation or shopping and you surely won’t want to do it then, so do it now. Just a little.
It’s Labor day after all. Might as well labor a little. Then reward yourself with a barbecue and a cold one. 🙂 WIN-WIN.
It’s been a good long few since I last posted, and so much has happened. Authors After Dark was, simply put, Epic. All hurdles aside, it was absolutely worth every challenge. Home from that, I got notified of an award nomination for Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball. What a tremendous surprise honor! I love that folks are reading & embracing the story.
But, that’s not why I popped on to post. I am thinking that, at least once a month, I want to take a moment to recognize the behind the sceen souls who get us where we are trying to go.
Today, I want to acknowledge editors. Why? Because as someone who edits on a sometimes basis, my heart bleeds for the effort it takes to do it full time. I edited for over SIX HOURS STRAIGHT yesterday…know how far I got? Four chapters. FOUR. That’s right, you read correctly. The time and attention it takes to read every word, consider every line, and coordinate language through each paragraph, scene, & chapter is massive.
To those stalwart souls who embrace the art & do it so well…I salute & thank you. We all should.