I’m trying to do many things at one time right now and I’m not sure I’m doing any of them well.
I’m trying to finish editing Fortress Humanity while I finish the cover painting for Mettle’s Forge. Simultaneously I’m trying to promote Fourfold on any and every medium I can latch onto. (I loathe self-promoting, yet have no choice.) To top it all off, I’m editing the short stories for Robert Shields and deciding which of my stories to include. While this is going on I’m working on re-submitting some of my short stories to various magazines and seeking another shot at an agent. I’m hoping that winning 2nd place in the lulu short story contest will help my chances. We’ll see.
What I really need to do is set down a schedule and prioritize. That is something else I hate doing, but I fear at some point I’ll have no choice. Oh, what I would do for a good agent.
I’d like to do a painting of Ulorin Vex http://www.ulorinvex.com/home.html as a steampunky chick or simply a nude, but I don’t know if I have the time. I just finished Mettle’s Forge‘s cover and I suppose I’m going to have to decide whether or not I want to try to publish When Gods Awaken or Fortress Humanity next. So I’ll need a cover for one of them. Gods has got to be a space scene of some kind and I’m not sure how well I can do it. I think Fortress will be the main character shooting a zombie but I’m not sure. Either one is liable to be a lot of work, even discounting the cost of hiring a model.
I have done far too much editing, website management and painting in the last few weeks and not nearly enough writing. My seventh novel. Blood Calls is approximately halfway finished and I’m itching to get back to it. However, I need to get other, completed novels ‘out the door’ and see if I can make some money. Therefore, I must edit and paint.
Although it does bring to mind the question of whether I should be trying to entice other indie authors into paying me to paint their covers. ‘Course most indie authors can’t pay much–like me, for instance. Why do you think I’m painting my own covers?
I’ll be putting out a short story collection with Robert Shields in a short time. Don’t know if it’s going to sell but it’ll be nice–psychologically speaking, if for no other reason–to have a physical book out there with my name on it.