Something dramatic happened to me today, which necessitates a change in my blogging schedule -- and my life schedule.
I got laid off.
It's not as terrible as it sounds, at least not right now, and I can't really talk more about that, because the situation and my options are still fluid. I can only say that I have built my life on several layers of buffers. (Buffers are good. Buffers are very very good.) And as a result, I'm in a strangely unique position:
I am now a full time writer/blogger, like it or not.
Whoa, yeah, that's right, I really am. And furthermore because of the buffers, I never have to not be that. Sure, if I don't start making more money at writing a few years down the line, it won't be pretty... but even if not, I won't have to stop being a full time writer. At least not in the foreseeable future. (The unforeseeable future is, you know, unforeseeable.)
And that's the strangely unique part: Right now I have incredibly high motivation to get serious about making money at writing... but I still don't have to. Which means I can still write what I want, and still be patient. I still get to experiment and have learning experiences, but they will mean a heck of a lot more, and that means I'll learn more.
I was going to write today about the way we look at writing in terms of doing it for money or love: the idea of hobbyists and amateurs and professionals and entrepreneurs. For me, all four of those things just crashed into each other. I'll talk about them later.
For now this is not changing my plans. I'm a little distracted, so it will be a few days before I shift into a new schedule. And then I basically just plan to shift what I'm already doing into a higher gear.
I was doing 20 hours a week, I want to get up to 40 hours a week by November. The blog effort will be about the same as I'm doing now, but I will accelerate my writing schedule on the backlog of books. I now not only hope to get Devil in a Blue Bustle done, but also get a good start on The Man Who Stepped Up.
I might even do Nanowrimo.
But right now I get to be The Dude, and we all know The Dude Abides.
See you in the funny papers.
A Round of Words in 80 Days Update
This Segment's Progress:
Sunday Day 14 - 180 minutes
Monday Day 15 - 233 minutes
Tuesday Day 16 - 60 minutes
(See others who updated their progress today: ROW80 Linky.)