A Speed up-Slow Down Kind of Month

Progress Report

It’s the end of March and Kansas weather is teasing us with a day of spring followed by several days of winter with a spring storm to top it off. This is my progress report for the month of March 2022. It was a speed up-slow down kind of month.

Making

I began the month with the copyedited manuscript for If I Should Die and scrambled to make corrections and rewrite passages that needed clarification. As soon as I finished, I sent the manuscript to my proofreader. 

With the manuscript out the door again, I stumbled around as if I had nothing to do for a few days. Then I got my act together—sort of.

I’m in the beginning stages of creating some fiction content for my newsletter readers. (I know… What newsletter? It’s coming. Honest.) 

I completed only ten out of fourteen blog posts this month. 

This wasn’t a very creative month… at least not in producing fiction you’ll see. You’ll never see all the background and behind-the-scenes work went on and is difficult to quantify. It’s all part of my process and it doesn’t feel very forward-moving.

 I spent about thirty-seven percent of my work time on Making. 

Managing

Learning more about managing this business was a big part of this month’s activities. I won’t bore you with the details.

I tweaked my website to get all the features looking and working in a pleasant and useful way. And I’ve been fine-tuning the integration of my new email service. That should be finished in a week or two.

I also spent a fair amount of time physically moving things around. Funny how small a house can feel when you put boxes of books on the floor in every room! SIGH. It will be worth it. The challenge has been to find places to put things and to put things where I can find them so I can continue to work. It will be another month before the office will show much improvement. 

The new lights I had my son install in the office were way-way too bright to work on the computer. My son moved that overhead light to my kitchen and installed a new, much dimmer overhead light in the office. Thank you, son!

I spent sixteen percent of my time on Managing.

Marketing

Marketing took a huge chunk (forty-seven percent) of my time this month. Rather, learning and adjusting marketing strategies and tactics took most of the time. Yeah, no boring details here either. 

If you are interested, I can recommend Mal Cooper’s Facebook Ads class based on my experience in her free class. Also, based on the few classes I’ve completed, I can recommend Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors class. Both of these are not currently open for new students, but watch their sites or subscribe to their newsletters for the next open enrollment dates.

Home

Housework is never done, especially when there are boxes everywhere. But having lights in the kitchen again is a blessing. Added to that blessing, I got to babysit my youngest grandson while his father installed the lights. 

What I Learned

Oh, my gosh. I have enough pages of notes that I could write a book! There were several times during this speed up-slow down month of learning that I thought my head would explode.

On a personal level, I’m working hard to be a healthier me. I’ve never been a physically active person, but over the past few years, I’ve become too sedentary. And I’ve paid a price in flexibility and comfort. It has taken some work to get the kinks out, but I am seeing results and those are keeping me motivated to learn how to make exercise a habit.

Going Forward

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Confucius

I will spend most of April finalizing the manuscript and producing the ebooks and print books for If I Should Die. Advance Readers will get your copies mid-to-late April. If you’d like to be an Advance Reader, please sign up

The preorder will go up on May 1. the release date will depend on the response time of the copyright office. It’s likely to be in late May. 

March was a speed up-slow down kind of month because I’m betwixt and between. It’s frustrating. I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not in a race and that things are moving forward despite the fact that the movement feels slow and isn’t easily measured. 

What was March like for you?

Image Credits

First photograph by M W from Pixabay.

Second Image by Roland Mey from Pixabay.

Third Image by Lynette M. Burrows.

3 comments

  1. I hear you on the being too sedentary part. I think this is a common challenge for writers. The more productive in our writing we get, the more sedentary we can become. Always a challenge!

    1. Yes, it is, Lisa! Finding a balance that works for you isn’t easy. Plans and backup plans and backups for the backups are what is finally working for me.

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