Done – Or Not? So, the “first draft” of the Metatron’s Army series is finished but…
There’s a lot more work to be done.
- Promotion: Book 11 is with the beta reader.
- Promotion Cover artwork is more or less finished
- Promotion: Back of Book in progress
- Promotion: Book Trailer in progress
- Analysis: Book 12 is in review/re-edit.
To that end:
Something about Book 12 has been bugging me though I hadn’t been able to put my finger on it.
Ghost in the Machine? Normally, once I reopen a Word document I’ve been working on, I get a prompt to the right. If I click on it, I’m taken to the location I was working on the last time I was in the document.
For Book 12 this was last night.
For whatever reason, the prompt didn’t show up.
I checked to make sure I’d clicked on the correct document.
I’ve had kind of a – mentally draining past few weeks – with the accompanying lack of sleep – so I was in no mood to play games with the gremlin messin with my novel.
In point of fact, I was – well – upset.
For whatever reason – probably because it’s “my life” I’m dealing with – I was inspired to focus on the exact location the document did open up to.
The opening, where I define Analysis which is the title for Book 12.
As I read through the definition, I couldn’t help but smirk.
Like I said, this is my life we’re talking about. Paranormal might as well be my middle name.
Analysis: The study of a game or a position in order to evaluate the quality of the moves and various other aspects of the game or position.
In other words, taking stock, which is exactly where I am in this series and in my career.
You could almost liken it to New Year’s when people evaluate and decide on resolutions.
Though I have no need for resolutions I do need to evaluate in order to see if I’m on track, which means…
Am I on the path? There is a blessing from hell in wrapping up a series that has been in the making for 35 plus years and in the works for 3. Once it’s over…where do I go?
I have an idea but before I can move along – I need to finish what’s in front of me.
The finish is close yet there is much work to be done.
I have to make sure I don’t get so distracted laying the foundation for upcoming projects I get off track finishing what is before me.
The list or the heart? Knowing this milestone was imminent and thinking I was clever, I came up with a list of to-do’s several days ago.
Over a week.
I was enthusiastic and excited and felt so accomplished as I went over the list with various team members.
Well, the joke was on me…
My mind may have been on track but my heart was conflicted.
Just as Shane reflects at the end of Book 10, it was as if someone had thrown a metal implement into the gears and everything came to a grinding halt.
Along with productivity.
I took as much time as I could mentally stand to work on the situation and realized that productivity can be a double-edged sword. It can mask unresolved problems.
Like driving on a tire that has a nail in it. You may not realize you’re losing air.
If it wasn’t for a gremlin putting a kink in my software, I might still be driving on that tire, but like a good Samaritan gesturing frantically that I needed to roll down my window so he can tell me I have a low tire, the fact the software refused to perform alerted me to a problem. I needed to evaluate.
No. I needed to stop.
This is more than just Am I on track? for the series. Am I on track for my career? Am I on track for my goals?
And who or what remaining nails might be impediments?
Let’s just say a few individuals had thrown tacks on the path in front of me; tacks I may not have seen had MS Word not taken me to an alternate location.
After some serious work I concluded that not only am I clearer on things, I now see that I have a couple of new and unexpected … helpers along the path.
People who make my day better.
It isn’t simply acknowledging how the people who do the little things – that are in no way little – help me – it’s realizing what an integral part of the process they have become.
And that’s life – and art – at its finest…