Come on, man! Focus!

For someone who has been extolling the wonders of treating writing like a real job and crowing about finally getting things done on that front this year, I sure have been quiet on the business front of things. Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty out-of-sorts, but a downfall recently involving some unexpected parking tickets (and well deserved; I was an idiot who wasn’t paying attention to my tail end blocking someone’s driveway in the snow) made me sort of wake up to the fact that I need to get my act together. I need to regain my focus and get back on the path with clarity and purpose.

To regain that focus and restart my momentum, I’m thinking I might pursue something I’ve always dreaded: a posting schedule. I realize that my aversion to being held down by any sort of regimen on my blog was childish; after all, in a professional business, things are scheduled constantly to keep things running smoothly and progressing. My writing shouldn’t be any different, and by planning ahead on specific themes, I know I can meet the challenge of producing at least three posts a week.

So here’s what you can expect from this blog going forward:

Meatless Mondays: While I don’t necessarily want to be known as a food blogger (I’m a writer, dammit!), I have been toying around with the idea of doing a little recipe sharing here and there. Now, for nearly two years now, I’ve been vegan, and I absolutely love it. So every day is Meatless Monday to me, but, since Meatless Monday has been gaining popularity as A Thing, I decided maybe to take advantage of it and post one of my vegan recipes every Monday and talk a little about veganism because, really, it’s become a huge part of my life, and if I can infuse a little veganism into the world with a post here and there, that’s awesome.

Review Wednesdays: Because I love sharing my thoughts about other works and it’s a great way to promote other authors, I want to get at least one review out a week. This means having to finish a book every week, too, which will help me out with my 100 Books goal.

Promotion Friday: Promotion is incredibly important in the indie world, and I definitely want to help do my part to spread the word about awesome stuff. So, every Friday, I would love to have a post where everyone can come and promote whatever they’d like. Books they’ve published, books their friends have published, useful blog posts, exciting contests, special deals, writerly merch, anything at all. I think it would be great to have a place for people to come and shamelessly shill and hopefully discover some new stuff, too.

Clearly, this all starts next Monday, where you can look forward to an absolutely amazing Brussels sprouts recipe I can’t get enough of lately. Hope you like spicy, because it’s definitely got some kick.

Also, while you’re here(and it is Friday), go check out Chuck Wendig’s post about how all publishing options are pretty much awesome and the key thing to remember is that we have those options, and that’s why being a writer in these days completely rocks. This is something that we need to be appreciating every damn day, and Chuck Wendig is always excellent at vocalizing it in a wonderful way.

Until next time, happy writing!


  1. I have been like you, avoiding all things schedule based for my writing. I have just been writing, and if a blog post came to mind, I would write it. However, I think you are on to something with schedules. They do have a nasty habit of keeping things tidy. I may have to resort to one myself to keep my blog under control. More for me than anytihng else.

    Let us know how the scheduling works out for you. πŸ™‚

    Crappy news about the parking tickets, but kudos on holiding your hands up on them. πŸ™‚

    • I just hope I’ll be able to keep up with it, mostly, but I really need to start holding myself accountable and getting things done. I guess if you start seeing regular posts from me from here on in, you can assume it’s going pretty durn well.

  2. Sounds like a plan! I’m really curious about Mondays. I do eat meat, but I do occasionally like to eat vegetarian food (but not vegan because I would never give up cheese), so I would be interested to see some of your recipes. Because I wouldn’t mind eating vegan food sometimes. And I could add cheese. LOL

    • You know, everyone uses cheese as an excuse, but, honestly, I don’t even miss it anymore. Granted, I’ve really taken to some of the faux cheeses like Daiya, but even those I use pretty sparingly (and I’ve got a killer mac’and’cheeze recipe now, too).

      It’s amazing how, once you start cutting something out, how quickly you realize it’s kind of a crutch food and not entirely as important as you though. Hmmm, think of it like a crutch phrase in your writing, actually. Now there’s an interesting take on it!

      (not that I’m trying to convert anyone, of course! ….OR AM I?)

  3. Well, I see no real REASON to cut out cheese. LOL. I’m kind of a foodie, and I like what I like. I believe in moderation in all things. If I can eat in moderation, I can eat fewer calories and still get the nutrients I need. I know everyone has different opinions, and if you read all the different articles, you’ll get all kinds of contradictory information. It’s a personal choice for everyone.

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