February 6th, 2009


Thoughts on Publishing

The last week or so, things have been taken up a notch out my way. Life has way surpassed hectic. My mind is racing a lot of the time and I feel like I'm running just to stand still. We were talking after my team meeting yesterday at work about TPP and I mentioned that I now put in at least as many hours a week on TPP as my day job. And that's probably an underestimate. By a lot.

Publishing is a constant hustle and there are no days off. I like it, don't get me wrong. In fact ... I LOVE it. I think it's the most fun I've ever had. And the more I get into it, the more I think I consider myself a publisher first and an editor second.

Publishing is so much more than pitching a project, filling it with stories, editing them to the best you can and then getting the project printed or uploaded. I think I always knew that but so far this year, I've spent most of my time doing these "other" things and it blows my mind how much there is to do and that no matter how much you do there's always more on the list to do and how it never ever stops.

I made the deal with myself last year that I was not subsidising Twelfth Planet Press after the last loan I made it. And ... well, I have FOUR books coming out this year and THREE issues of Shiny and some other things on the warmer for 2009, let alone the 2010 projects that are waiting to be queued up on stage. So the word that I wake up with in my head in the morning and go to sleep thinking at night is ... CASHFLOW. Closely followed by HUSTLE.

And the hustle doesn't stop all day just so that I can drown out the word cashflow. I think it's good though because it drives me to go far beyond my boundaries and networks than I would otherwise. I have to deliver. There's no other option. And working out here without the net makes me hustle in ways I would never dream of doing normally. My default is actually shy, if you can believe it.

And because I need to know what the cashflow goal is, I'm finally doing my taxes for last year, setting up financial systems in an organised fashion for the future and will soon know on an hourly basis what my number is, no matter how terrifying that is.

And in and amongst all the hustle and the number crunching, I'm currently working on two books and the new Shiny issue. Last night saw cover art for various projects decided, which felt awesome. ASif! plods on no matter what. And electricant is publishing the mass of reviews we have in reserve as I write this. Somewhere I am going to get time to read. I know it!!!

But ultimately ... I am having the Best Time of My Life!


New South Wales is forecast to become the hottest place on the planet on Sunday, with the current heatwave sending temperatures soaring to 47C

PARTS of Australia will be hotter than the African plains or Middle Eastern deserts this weekend, while other parts battle raging bushfires and still others cope with widespread flooding.


I keep looking at those pictures of koalas coming up to people's houses in search of water - probably in SA not NSW. It's heartbreaking to think that one of the animals on our national emblem is being forced to drink out of dogs' bowls.

Not unrelated to the above, it finally hit me that Bush is now the Former US President - like I actually *felt* that feeling through to my core. Maybe before now I was not wanting to tempt fate on the issue. Does that make him FPOTUS?

Keep cool everyone this weekend! And remember to drink water and stay out of the sun.


How did this day get to be so long?! Pretty much my whole team was not in the office today. Do I really talk to them that much? It feels like I sit here all day and don't move?

Nothing much happened. Kinda got work done. Ran errands at lunchtime. Blah di blah blah. Got my glasses fixed. Found awesome drinking yoghurt. Discovered that I don't like prune juice. What a boring day.

Have to pick up the puppy on my way home tonight. I suspect the evening is not going to be boring.



Phew, that felt like we were getting down to the wire. But we FINALLY have nailed down the Table of Contents for New Ceres Nights. Should be able to announce that tomorrow, hopefully. And the art for this book is also nearly finalised too. We've been editing a few of the stories along the way but we only just finished sending out the acceptances tonight. That seems far too close for comfort for me. I'm starting to run on adrenalin for this book.