Monday, December 5, 2011

Lost in the woods

OK, I'm moving forward step by step with this Indie publishing adventure I have set off on. But, sometimes I feel like I'm lost in the woods. I am getting more and more familiar with Kindleboards and have visited many other book blogs and am learning that blogging is an important part of getting noticed. So, with that being said I'm going to start blogging in earnest.

It took me 20 years to write The Vagabond King. In part it was because I needed to do so much research. In part it was because I had no idea what I was doing. In part because I never seemed to have enough time. But, 20 years of dedication and 25 drafts later I finished The Vagabond King about 5 years ago. But, because the book was finally finished I had lost my goal in life and, consequentyly, my direction. They have a saying in Buddhism that if you meet the Buddha in the road you must slay him because the point of the journey is to ever be striving toward the goal not necessarily to achieve it.

So now what was I to do? I don't do well without a goal in my sights. I felt like I had lost my way in the woods and have been wandering around in my own life for the past 5 years.

Now I'm back on track but I still feel overwhelmed. Victorine Leiske recommended posting on Kindleboads 18 times a day, then there's the blog I need to tend to, then there is critiquing the works of other writers on Critique Circle, then there is my job that keeps getting in my way and I haven't even started writing my next book yet. Frustrating. But, I'm moving forward anyway.