Business Musings: Not Really The Year In Review (1/2 Process Blog, 1/2 Plea For Assistance)
You read the parenthetical phrase right. Process and plea for assistance.
This is the very first blog post of December, and usually right about now, I start the year in review. I have a list of topics I want to cover, and some of them I want to luxuriate in, spend a lot of time discussing them, and sending you all over the internet to read links and other people’s thoughts and even more.
I had planned to write a brilliant overview this weekend. I was going to research during Thanksgiving week, make a few notes, and then launch in.
Instead…well, half of it is my fault.
Half A Process Blog
If you want to skip the process blog part, scroll down to the plea for assistance part. You’ll see where I’m going.
But let me first describe how I got here.
I have a standing deadline with an editor friend of mine for short fiction. She can accept or reject at will—I am not guaranteed a sale—but I am guaranteed a short story out of this deal.
The problem is that recently, she wanted longer pieces. So, I got behind, grabbed a half-finished novella from one of my universes, and launched in.
I figured 20K max to finish that thing, but more likely 10K. No. Oops. No. I’m 23K into the new section with another 10K to go most likely. My damn brain. It does what it wants because I trained it that way. The creative voice really is a two-year-old, and if I don’t finish this thing, my brain will throw a tantrum.
In the middle of the last three weeks of the semester. Both of my profs threw more reading, an extra quiz (a week befor the final!), a stupid presentation that requires PowerPoint, which I don’t know how to use, and a few more other things I’ve forgotten already.
Add to that the Fey, which I need to throw into some kind of order before I can continue. I was also going to do that this weekend before all hell broke loose.
Much of the hell is personal stuff belonging to others, so I can’t share, but suffice to say there was not one, not two, but at least three emergencies over Thanksgiving. Most were not too terribly time-consuming and two turned out to be not much at all except a lot of stress, but whoa, the third is still ongoing, and might take more time. (I’m fine; Dean’s fine; cats are fine. Someone we care about is not.)
Rather than me going into the long saga of our Thanksgiving Day, which, for me, started when I bumped an open box of baking soda and it fell on my head.
Yes, I’m the dumbass who left the open box in the cupboard. In my defense, I was making pie.
The pie, by the way, is very, very, very, very good.
In addition, I had to do some long-delayed promotion. You’ll note that this website is a bit more up to date than it had been before. And, we launched a holiday sale that will run through December 2. Half off all workshops, if you type the code HolidaySale into the coupon section on Teachable as you check out. I have to spend some time getting the employees of Promotion Central to do their jobs. (The cats. I’m talking about the cats. Yes, that means I’m herding cats.)
Long story short, the one thing I don’t have is time to research this weekend. It’s Saturday, and I have the extra reading, the quiz, an oral presentation (which requires research…!), and all the writing on the big project to finish.
I am less buried than I was when I wrote the post titled “Buried,” but I am running out of time. Fortunately, on the school stuff, I’m ticking off the last of the homeworks. When one project is done, another does not rear its ugly head. So, I will have time to organize my thoughts in the next week or so.
Just not today. Dammit.
The Plea For Assistance
I have four posts vaguely outlined, although I think one of them won’t be a year-in-review. It’ll be the start of a new series in 2022. (2022!)
I have a lot of material on traditional publishing and contracts, because I had to give some articles and such to my law prof during the semester. I also have quite a bit on brick-and-mortar bookstores, although I can always use some international help here.
What I really need are important changes in the indie publishing landscape. What those are, exactly, I’m not sure. I have one post half formed about the way our paths are diverging—indie in one direction, trad in another—but I really want to know what you all think are the most important trends in indie from 2021.
You can post in the comments or contact me on Facebook, through my contact form, or through my email if you have it.
A lot of you have sent me links throughout the year, and I value that. I have all of those posts saved in my Pocket Reader, and I will be using most of them, if not in this short series, than in the next one, upcoming.
What this means is that the year in review will spill a little into 2022. (2022!) Then we’ll move into something inspired by the entertainment law class. I’ll be taking part 2 in the spring, so who knows what else I’ll come up with.
Thank you all for your help on this. And thanks for all you have done throughout the year (and through 2020). You kept me sane and focused on the important things in my life—relationships and writing. I greatly appreciate it.
“Business Musings: Not Really The Year in Review,” copyright © 2021 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Image of Angel being pissy about school at the top of the blog copyright © 2021 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.