My goal is to finish the first polished draft of Lessons from a Liberated Life by the end of 2017. It always seems like we have so much time to do our work, but it is never enough… Right now I am in the midst of downsizing from my two story colonial, Leave it to Beaver home to a condo, and I have given myself permission to take a hiatus from writing. It’s a dangerous slippery slope, I know, to take a break, but a person’s only got so many hours in the day. And I had no idea how emotionally draining downsizing can be.
I sold my dining room table of 30 plus years on Craigslist. It wasn’t until my sister in law said, “we had so many memories around that table” that my heart broke. I actually thought about buying the table back, but fortunately, the sign to me was that I couldn’t find the guy’s phone number or email address. It was meant to be. Then I went on Craigslist and found there are a lot of other dining room tables waiting for new memories to be made. And we will.
I have come to realize the writing of the book is going to be the hardest part of the venture. I already have a target audience/market, ideas for promotion, thoughts on speakers series. I need the product to be done! I had taken a class, “Finish that Book!” hoping I would gain strategies on how to “finish that book” like rewriting techniques, knowing when enough is enough, knowing when it’s done. But I didn’t get those things, and will have to figure it out some other way.
So, this summer I am going to list my house, sell my house, buy a new home, move, go to England (and Wimbledon) and Ireland, enjoy my twin grandboys in September, and write. And play a little tennis in between. In the fall I will finish the book, work on finding an editor, and then a publisher… I hope in that order, but it doesn’t have to be.