An update: Maybe it's a good problem?
I discovered something important about myself over this last month of taking a break from working on writing projects. A discovery big enough, to me at least, that I'm surprised Indiana Jones hasn't come crashing through the window shouting, "That belongs in a museum!" Before snatching up my self-discovery and flying across that little map of his. It's an enlightening discovery. But, one which comes with an undertone of concern.
While trying to take a break for the whole month of July, I discovered I'm a workaholic.
I've never experienced such anxiety (something I already have slight trouble with as I cope with clinical depression) as I did while I was not writing. This was the first time in nearly two years that I've taken a break from working on something writing related almost everyday. In July there was no drafting, no rewrites, revisions, edits, or even plotting or planning. Well, almost... During this break I had to start a short story to ebb the pain. I was irritable, snippy, and extremely anxious by a little more than halfway through July.
I guess the workaholism is a good thing... that is, if I make sure it's a good thing, and use it as a tool. No big conclusions here, just a little bit of what's been going on in Austin's odd little world.
The other thing going on, has been the PODCAST! Oh yeah. Casting spells of the audio kind all over the place with Story Goggles. It seems this podcast project will probably be pretty irregular. Monthly--at best. But that's okay. Blake and I aren't doing the show for ad-rev or something. We do it because we love to GEEK THE EFF OUT. And geek out we do.
Back to writing news, I've decided that for this next year I'm going to work on revisions for the two novels I wrote over the last two years. One took a full year to get to the beta-reading stage, the second--since I learned a TON about my process took me only six months to get a first draft--albiet a little shy on the target word count. But, it's without a doubt better than the last first draft I did. I'm pumped. So, anyways, I'm taking this year to do three things. Those revisions, write short stories, and plan out the next few larger projects I want to work on the following year. I'm hoping that by November of this year I have the last thing I wrote out to Betas, and the previous manuscript on submission.
Oh, and also, I'm trying hard to get more bloggy here, with my blog--ya know, posting regularly, or semi-regularly. I'm not great about it with the project loads I dump on myself. I think though if I keep the updates and ramblings short and sweet, I'll get better about posting... Next post, I plan to talk a bit about the last manuscript I drafted, and what I found out really increased my productivity blah blah blah.
Until then, stay alive, and keep doing what you love.