So...

Nov. 17th, 2014 08:30 am
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...a couple weeks ago, I was utterly miserable. Bronchitis had sucked away all my energy and brain power. The dayjob was a cesspit of chaos. And whenever I got the least traction with any of my writing projects, new obstacles and obligations popped up in my way.

So this past week, I sat down and wrote a business proposal. Goal: to a submission-ready draft of Current Novel ready by May 2015, and a revised version of my pirate novel by end of summer. I worked out a tentative schedule for accomplishing that, together with how much extra time that would require, and how much that time would cost in terms of lost income from the dayjob.

I gave the proposal to my husband, who said, Go for it.*

I talked to my manager, who said, Go for it.**

And I will. I'm taking off the first two weeks of January. After that, I switch to part-time status through the end of June, working three days a week. Doing that doubles the time I have for writing. It also gives me a cushion so I can 1) avoid burnout, and 2) spend more time with my family.

Between now and January, I've set a few small writing goals. Finish chapter 11. Write chapter 12. Work out the general plot points for the rest of the book.

Wish me luck!

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* My husband is awesome. Have I mentioned that recently?
** Though he did looked a bit stressed when I told him.

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Date: 2014-11-17 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenoftheskies.livejournal.com
Best of luck! That is so awesome!!!

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Date: 2014-11-18 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beth-bernobich.livejournal.com
Thank you! It's an expensive move unless I sell both novels. Which, of course, I can't count on. But if I never try to fly, I never will.

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Date: 2014-11-17 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hrj.livejournal.com
How exciting and terrifying!

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Date: 2014-11-18 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beth-bernobich.livejournal.com
It is! I think my boss was terrified too, until I said this was temporary.

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Date: 2014-11-17 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleary.livejournal.com
Yaaaaaay! My own plans to take time off for writing have been utterly derailed by Life Crap. I'm so delighted for you!

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Date: 2014-11-18 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beth-bernobich.livejournal.com
*hugs* I saw your post about Life Crap. May you overcome all those obstacles!

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Date: 2014-11-17 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aliettedb.livejournal.com
Oh that is awesome--much luck!!

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Date: 2014-11-18 01:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beth-bernobich.livejournal.com
Thank you! I told my husband that this was worth birthday and Christmas presents for the next ten years at least.

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Date: 2014-11-18 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spacklegeek.livejournal.com
Oh, good for you! That is seriously awesome, yay. :D

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Date: 2014-11-20 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beth-bernobich.livejournal.com
Thank you! I realized that if I didn't make this leap, I would never get these books done. Or, I would, but it would take me four times as long.

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Date: 2014-11-18 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elialshadowpine.livejournal.com
Good luck! <3

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Date: 2014-11-20 12:40 pm (UTC)

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