It’s only taken a semester and a half for me to figure it out, but I think I’ve finally got this whole work-school-write balance thing going. Sort of. Mostly (and I swear this isn’t a whiny “Poor me, I’m so swamped!” thing, just letting everyone know I’m not dead).
As of January, I’m putting in 50 hours a week between my course load and work, plus homework, and whatever time I can squeeze a couple thousand words of fiction into. I started keeping track of my word counts via a spreadsheet this year, and last month saw me squeeze in a whopping 13,000 words between three books in varying stages of completion. And by completion, I mean the longest one is about forty pages along. I was hoping that by having actual numbers in front me that I would be motivated to write more–if I make more time for it, I can certainly do better than 13,000 words per month. February is faring a little better, at least.
Thirteen thousand words aside, the first two months of 2015 have been far more productive than the last four months of 2014. Dead Ringer launched and I sort of collapsed creatively. Between a course load that was more intense than I expected and working at Le Day Job, all I had time for was studying and sleeping.
However, this is usually the time of year when I’m excitedly blogging about an upcoming book, and for the first time since I started publishing, I have to say that I don’t have any solid plans for a new release. I’m still writing and I have every intention of continuing to publish, I just don’t have anything remotely close to being ready. I have two novellas and a novel in progress–that’s all I can say for now. I have the notion that I’ll have at least one novella out before the end of the year, but that’s it.
Oh, and a blog entry or two in the coming months as well. Because I really need to stop neglecting this thing.