I had the most wonderful beautiful conversation with my friend and publisher Milcah.
My decision to partner with her and become a Self Caring couple of boss ass bitches power couple was definitely sound.
I feel like I can say this now but quite a while back I had some nibbles of interest from more mainstream outlets and frankly, what they wanted was the generic watered down Shannon and I said no. I’m so glad.
This is what’s right.
After our conversation I laid in bed and ate a sandwich and thought more about some stuff our convo stirred up.
One of the things that I have been tussling with is trying to do more freelance work. Insert heaved sigh of sadness here.
Thing is, I just don’t work in that way. I feel some type of way about that. I have this pressure I’m putting on myself to do the thing, but I don’t particularly like doing the thing.
I felt like I really wanted to be fancy and do a lot of freelance work but the whole process just makes me miserable.
I find these times where I am evaluating what I want as a writer/growing pain things not super cool.
I do still feel a little uh, failure flavored in that I think I could bring in some more freelance income but at what cost? I can do things I hate well but feel miserable doing them.
I realize I’m nowhere near famous enough for this to be a big deal for anybody but me but, it feels like a good moment. Realizing that I’m not good at this type of writing/to or on spec etc is freeing. Frustrating but ultimately it will serve me.
I can’t write when I’m so stressed out about not being able to do the thing I’m trying to do.
Now that I have that somewhat off of the table/my consciousness I can concentrate more on what I do well and what I enjoy.
Also I have more to say about urban fantasy/genre fiction in general. Beyond the fairly limited list of authors and magazines I’ve been recommended and have already been reading I’m going to try to search out stuff that essentially doesn’t make me want to put it down every two minutes to wash the Whiteness out of my eyes.
To be honest I feel like that is a bigger task than I can actually accomplish. And going through the tons and TONS AND TONS of things while feeling like a let down frustrated reader/little kid who can’t go to Narnia will also be taxing.
My dear friend Sarah Katherine Lewis has put out her book on being in rehab and you can check out Rehab A Go Go right here on scribd. I seriously suggest picking it up, she’s a fantastic writer and I love her.
That is about it for right now. I’ve got stuff to write and rejections to get.
What’s new for y’all?