While getting home from work, then spending a few hours working on scripts, marketing, emails, blogs, etc is OK for a while, how long can it be sustained? How long will it be before I need a break, or a break is enforced upon me because, as usual, I’ve taken too much on?
The one thing I mustn’t neglect is my personal health (physical and mental), and my friends, family and relationship. Easier said than done when I’m feeling tired, or getting annoyed because a technical job that should take 5 mins takes 2 hours (yes, it even happens to IT people).
There are lots of positives however… My short-story in Twisted50 will be out in time for Christmas. The feedback on episode #2 of Undetermined is good and marketing has started well. The new comic series is looking promising and gathering momentum. I’m attending a writing course to get the novel into a more presentable state end of November. I’m doing some volunteer work with the Brentford Scouts to help them with their Digital Citizenship badge, and we’re restarting the Cyber Security evenings for the neighbourhood with a new idea for a Cyber Safety book in the works.
Creating some achievable objectives, ticking them off, allowing for the fact I’ll get tired, playing sports, watching TV, sleeping, enjoying a beer or two and time with the most important people around me sounds like the perfect balance. I’m still learning my way into the life of a writer. I’ll make some mistakes on the way, but I’ll make sure I learn from them. Back to the spinning plates, but right now I’m going to take one down and have my dinner on it.