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calendar2The next thing I’ll have to buy is a calendar – one of those big, square calendars with great artwork and a square box for each day of the month.

The reason is my writing is turning into a full time activity – after all, nothing else moves, writing and selling my stories is better than starving and sleeping under a bridge.

For 2015 I have four long projects slated – two are finalized and ready to go, one is in its drafting phase, and the fourth is awaiting confirmation.
And I’m keeping a certain amount of “free time” for extra activities.
Should they all come to fruition, this will mean writing full time, eight hours a day, five days a week – leaving weekends for leisure activities like… ouch, writing.

And of course this is a great thing – the idea of writing and actually paying my bills with my writing.

But it will also mean schedule with extreme precision my activities
. writing on projects A, B, C, D.
. take care of promotion, administration etc.
. keep my blog going
. try and have a life

This means a lot of planning, and collecting a lot of resources.
Also, it means sorting out priorities, and drawing a sort of personal, quick-and-dirty business plan for each of the projects.

Freelancers-Cover-for-website1-200x300I’m currently reading Kristine Kathryn Rusch The Freelancer’s Survival Guide, which is a smashing book, and a bit scary in its devotion to facts – no romantic expectations here, just the harsh realities.

And I was reflecting, as I read the Survival Guide, about the number of “strange” proficiencies I had to put together since I started writing and, even more so, since I started self-publishing my works – things like marketing and communication, HTML (I had to dust off and update my old skills), design, typography, time management…
I’ll have to do a post on the subject, sooner or later.

So, all in all, looks like 2015 will be a pivotal year for me – but on the other hand, every single day is pivotal in its own way.
For starters, I need to get me a calendar…

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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