Overpromise and Underdeliver.. wait.

Time estimation of a project is the hardest thing to do, especially if you are new to the kind of project being undertaken. It gets better as you continue forward, but there are always the unforeseen events to take you out at the knees.
For example – I started writing my short story for Anacrusis Press on Dec 15th, and it’s done as of yesterday, 02/17. Two months, but it only took me about four hours to write it. Which just tells you what editing is compared to writing.
I’m currently editing my second novel, Best Served Cold, and I don’t think it will be done until June.
I have a lot of other projects waiting in the wings that have seen no forward movement since I took on my short story in December. In the midst of all this I have a class that I’m taking, to try to improve my craft.
And you’d never believe this, but I’ve got a real life too, with wife and mother responsibilities included.
I have been neglecting my blog and my Twitter account, just because something has to give. It seems like so little in the face of the mountain, but it’s just what slips when I’m pressed to do so much.
My life changed when I got published, there is no doubt about it. I look at everything I wish I could have done first, but I also realize that none of this would have gotten jumpstarted without it. I care more about my craft than I did a year ago, and I’m writing better stuff because of it.
Interest is the most vital aspect of a person’s education. Without interest, people can try to learn a thing, but it probably won’t stick. Humans have to associate material with something they already know, if they’re going to remember. I’ve seen it so often now, it seems like it should be common knowledge, but I think it’s something that hasn’t been addressed in our culture.
I feel so driven now. I always read about characters who’d found their purpose in life, and I remember wondering what that felt like. Now I know. It’s as great as I’d read. Maybe greater, because it’s first hand.
So now I just have to get better at my judgment. I need to marshal my resources and finish up my projects before I start new ones. So far I’ve been writing down random ideas and putting them in the “For Later” folder. I’ve been trying to stay on top of it all. I’m not succeeding with grace, but I’m learning.
I might have too many irons in the fire, but at least I’m enjoying the warmth.