…hack your way through the forest. Yeah, that about sums up my situation. Over at LiveJournal, I can recall starting a new LJ to record my journey to publication. I did this around June 2010…I think. Thanks to the dry eyes, I won’t be pursuing traditional or e publishing. There is no way I can work under an editor’s schedule with these eyes. But I ain’t no quitter. I’m going the self-pubbing route.
Mind you it’s a bit scary since I have no clue about indie publishing LOL. A lady I consider my mentor has generously offered to format my MS, though. She is published and indie-published–a successsful author who enjoys trying out all avenues. There is also a really great artist who I interviewed (just search the interview category) who I am going to ask to do my cover art. She’s awesome. I love what she’s done so far.
I’m trying not to think too far ahead, lest I end up discouraging myself–such as, “How am I gonna market my book if I can’t be online?? How do I market offline??” I’ll tackle that hurdle when I get there. Right now it’s just awesome to be on the putah editing Fire and Water.
It’s a slow process. If anything, all of these curve balls have taught me to be patient. Me. One of the most impatient people you’ll ever meet. So I do count my blessings that I’ve learned patience. Also, I try not to see this time as a set-back. I see it as time to think, dream up new novels once Fire and Water is finished, and absorb myself in what I love–yardwork and gardening. You’d think I woulda gotten a tan! I spend at least six hours outside every day. Instead, I’m just red. Haha. So much for being an Ojibway, huh? Mind you I’m a very pale Ojibway who doens’t produce a gorgeous tan as my siblings do. They inherited that nice tanned skin; not me. I got sensitive skin tortured by eczema haha.
I’m still smiling. No, I’m not saying I grinned through this all. I had my moments of screaming frustration. But being such a natural optimist, I always pick myself back up and find a silver lining.
Apologies in advance for typos and what-not. I don’t edit blog posts anymore because of the ol’ eyes.