Since I’m documenting the whole process of writing my book, I thought I should include a post about distractions.
On Monday my wife discovered that I’d dropped a biro on the lounge carpet, resulting in a disturbing stain. She called in our chums at the best carpet cleaner in West Sussex (we’re biased as they’re good friends, hence the plug!) They did a splendid job, although I understand biro isn’t the easiest of stains to remove.
But my point is that because they’re friends and we wanted to get them in fast, I said that I’d move all the furniture. It’s one of those things you say, then instantly regret. But I did move it all, got a horrible backache, and spent the next two days unable to sit at my desk for more than a few minutes.
Just dropping (and standing on) that biro cost me half a day lost moving all the furniture (then having to clean the skirting board, etc). Plus another couple of days when I couldn’t sit at the computer. See what I mean? Distractions.
The other big distraction since last week was Susie the dog. She managed to get something stuck in her paw, so that meant 2 visits to the vet. Her paw has had to be dressed twice a day as well. It all adds up to less time to work on my book.
What it is to be a frustrated author.
Well I’m going to pin this to the front of my blog to remind me that I must keep on track and next time the wife can take the dog to the vet because my time is too valuable.
Despite these drags on my time, I have managed to give some thought to what I should now call the book, since I decided against the original. I’ll document this process in the next post and reveal my decision.
Thing with a title though is that it’s not set in stone, so I could in fact change it any time before the book is published (if it ever is). I have been looking into self-publication and Amazon do an interesting publish-on-demand type of service. Haven’t got my head around it yet, but I’ll be reporting back once I understand how it all works and how much it will cost.
That does sound like a viable option though. I’m well aware that it’s difficult to get a book published and although I like the idea of my story in print, I’m not daft enough to use a vanity publisher and fork out thousands.
It’s probably premature, anyway, to worry about publishing, since I haven’t actually started writing the story yet. However I am working on it in my head and things are coming together.
To be continued xxxxx