It’s halfway through the year, which seems like as good a time as any to talk about what I’m achieving.
Freelance work continues to go well. I’ve got a few ongoing clients and a proven track record that lets me pick up new ones when needed. I had a minor setback a couple of months ago when two sources of ongoing work suddenly dried up, but it proved not to be the huge problem it could have been a couple of years ago. I soon found more work to keep me going and used the time I gained to work on my own writing.
Speaking of my own writing, I am, as always, behind where I want to be. Edits on the project I’ve been working on for the past year and a half have been taking far longer than I wanted, simply because I’m struggling to prioritise time for them. That’s a major frustration, as a lot of work has gone into it, and I feel like I could change this. The problem is, prioritising it means dropping something else, and when that something else is currently paying the bills, that’s not a great option.
I’m getting a few other bits of my own writing done. Some scripts for Commando Comics. Selling short stories that I’ve been touting around for years. Even writing a couple of new ones, as well as all the flash fiction for my blog.
I’ve been grinding away at trying to get reviews and do publicity for my self-published work, to little effect. I have to admit, this is neither my comfort zone nor my strong suit. And yes, that’s all the more reason to work at it. Still, it shows in the minimal results.
It seems weird to end up on that bum note, when for the most part my writing is going really well. I’m earning my keep, having fun, and putting my own stories out into the world. Those things make it all worthwhile.
If you’re reading this and you also write, how’s your year going so far? What have you achieved? Let’s celebrate our good work together.