August 5th, 2010

Willow

Not good for you

Ugh. I'm oscillating between sheer panic for deadlines and then mandatory recovery periods. The up and down of which is not really all that good for one's sleeping patterns. Imagine that! Mostly my mind is racing with all the things I need to be organising for Worldcon. But today I did get the Sprawl proofing done and one of the novelettes back to an author and some artwork off for various printing things and was present for the Galactic Suburbia recording. Paid for one lot of printing. And answered some emails though a lot more are waiting for replies.

I also finally get to be able to at least talk about the big project for 2011 - 12 single author 4-story collections. I'm sorting out the pricings still but they will be available for individual and subscription sales. I'm not ready to release author names or other details but I'm pretty excited about the project, when it's reality doesn't horrify me! I've been working on it for months now so have always known that the pace doesn't slow down for me once the books for Worldcon are done. And I've been helping guide some of the collections whilst waiting for the others to come in complete. Essentially, in order to have the first book out by January, it has to go to print in November. So, hard work awaits me post Worldcon. But that's the way it should be, I think.

The sugarfree thing is going so-so. I'm not totally sugarfree. Like tonight I went shopping for dinner with maelkann and I'd worked so hard today, and I reached all my TPP goals for the day, which were optimistic, and I was tired and really stressed. And I really really wanted to take home a bunch of things. I didn't buy any. But then later on maelkann slipped in while I was recording for GS and gave me a Magnum. Yeah, it has sugar. But it wasn't really the habit that I wanted - to shove as much food down my throat as would make me feel better and the stress go away. Course there's no amount of marshmallows I can eat that's going to get all my books miraculously and definitely to the dealer's room at Worldcon. Pity but it's true. Yeah I had an icecream. But I didn't have three packets of lollies, a family block of chocolate, soft drink, and icecream and whatever. Yes I can eat that much in a couple of hours.

My work contract ends next Friday. Am yet to sign paperwork for my new one. Which means I can't yet book my leave in for Worldcon. I'm kind of thinking of taking off at least the day before we fly out and the day after we get back, which is Rosh Hashanah anyway. But I want to be careful not to use up all my leave - it'd be nice to take a holiday some time soon.

Willow

In the light of day

It's funny how just a couple of days and a few more tasks ticked off the to do list can totally change your outlook. I threw everything I had at tuesday and got nowhere. Every time I went to sign off on a task a new obstacle hurled itself into my path. I went home subdued and defeated. And the yesterday things went so smoothly I l
Found myself literally twirling my thumbs by 8.30, all the day's tasklist completed. I watched a couple of eps of The Wire in shock and in mandatory resttime which must occur at the completion of a leg ( the amazing race reference).

Today has gone similarly and I realize now that all the hard work of Tuesday went into things now finally getting checked off the list. I am finally seeing some light. And perhaps an actual week off before heading over to Melbourne.

Course this is the way it always is and I always forget.

I also forgot two other things. 1. I am working hard now so as into 2011 I can work less hard and be working with a one year out lead time. Yes I am packing in 2011 work straight after worldcon but it's for acreally good and important reason - less stress before release dates in the future ie working on schedules that big presses use. And which will enable me to better market and promote new works.

And number 2. The editing and publishing process is a cycle. After worldcon I begin again, I don't carry on from here. I read new works and shape the direction of the next publishing cycle. And that's one of the really fun bits - all bits are fun for different reasons, even proofing because you're looking at a near finished product which you will soon get to show people. And I have two important project deadlines in september - Speakeasy and Twelve Planets. And work for these is starting to trickle in. And I'm getting excited!!! I badly want to peek, oh i wanna peek so bad! So actually, I've scheduled this all perfectly and exactly tailored to the way I work. At the point I will be burning out, I have a ton of exciting new work to read! Yes my hard work schedule doesn't end after worldcon but it's not all hard yards.

If you are a writer who recently sent me an exciting email - thanks for the pick me up. It was exactly what I needed. Just when I was wondering why I needed all this stress, I have an instant reminder!!

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