The weight has lifted from my shoulders and now I must focus on writing because 2006 is going to be an important year for me. I don’t intend to sit back and wait for something to happen, I’m going to get revved up and MAKE something happen. I’m going to take action and control of my future. I’m tired of letting other things get in the way.
I’ve already told the anthology participants that there will be no anthology in 2006, and perhaps never again. I have already taken huge steps away from my message board. And I’m actively looking for ways to get quick feedback on the chapters I’ve written. So far, that’s going nowhere fast. Along with these things, I’ve been planning three stories and I’ve been thinking about a short story I want to write as well.
In other words, the battle plan is drawn and now I will start putting that plan into motion. Not more than an hour ago, I decided that I’m not going to wait for Cat’s Eyes to go that step further before starting the sequel. If I’m going to be a serious, professional writer then I have to learn to do more than one project at a time.
I will wait ‘till the first weekend in December and then I’ll print Cat’s Eyes and read it through properly. In the meantime, I will step up my planning so that I can start writing as soon as possible.
I don’t think it’s a good idea to be sending the manuscript to an editor in December. Most people will be thinking about Christmas and my manuscript will be mostly overlooked. I’ll wait until the new year and then I’ll let the clutch out and I’ll be away.
With luck, I’ll have half the sequel written by then.