Journal

4-01-2019

Beautiful weather. Not to hot or cold, gentle breezes here and there

My big plans to quickly push through and finish the manuscript for More Than Milk have fallen though. I think it has been 3 weeks since I worked on it at all. I have 4 or 5 parts to write, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I am not giving up on it. I will get back to it, but I have been making productive use of my time in the interim.

Need to call surveyors today to set up property lines on the lot. If I had more time, I would blog or make a YouTube channel about setting up a homesteading life, but that isn’t going to happen. I have to finish More Than Milk and so much more, first.

Part of what I have been doing while not finishing my manuscript has been working a very stressful job and not getting enough sleep. Honestly I wanted to be napping write now, but I am addicted to writing, so here I am, writing instead of sleeping. It really is a compulsion. I don’t mean that in a deep, artsy way, I mean it in a nearly pejorative way, like how I crack my knuckles too much. I just cracked a knuckle and typing this, thinking about it, made me want to crack it again. I just cracked the same knuckle before finishing that last sentence. What is wrong with me. A third time.

Enough of the delay, I have been falling in love with comics all over again and planning out a long-term project that will see my reading and reviewing in video and audio format, a lot of Spider-Man and Spider-Man related comic books. I have even commissioned an artist to make me some art for it. I have put a lot of thought into this new venture and I will be releasing the first installment on Swinging Through Comics next month. Why next month? I want to build up a buffer for myself wherever I can, so I don’t have to feel the pressure of maintaining a release schedule for my work in the future. I have already started making videos and even thrown some out a remade them. This is going to be a blast for me. I love Spider-Man and the comics meant so much to me back when I was reading regularly. As I said before it will be a lot of fun and I am hoping that reading and critiquing the comics will help me to be able to write my own comics.

I am feeling pressure to finish MTM and I do not like it. I’m fine, I’ll bear it, and it is teaching me about myself. I need to be more serious about scheduling projects and not getting distracted away from finishing a project by starting new ones. Viven Reis recently made a video that helped me to see that I am doing myself no favors by having my focus split so much. She’s right, I need to restrain and check myself so I can get more work finished and published.

For now, I will journal to make sure I keep writing. Will I work on MTM today, this week? I don’t know. Again, I’m tired, but I must press on.

Did you notice I changed my site name/domain? I like it.

Signing off to get back to real life,

-MJ

P.S. My wonderful wife made me cookies while I was on my way home. You’re the best, baby!

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