Saturday, 24 May 2008

Well, this has been one weird-ass week ... A.K.A. Good procrastination can be very good!

This has been a week of weird, and altogether far too much is going on! But all of it good. :)

The additional part time job (factory work. *YAWN* And incidentally not the job I had the good feeling about, which turned out to be yet another wind-up siding on the path of trying to earn a living) started this week - light manual labour for two days, but boy am I knackered. It's good though. Once I'm used to it, it'll give me the chance to switch in to auto-pilot and let my brain soar away in to the land of story. Also a great opportunity for people-watching. Plus, I will now be able to afford to do a few things that I enjoy - - If I can ever find the time!

Excellent.

I've been idly thinking that I may need to move to a cheaper house, but without quite being at the commitment level that involves planning a move. However, on a whim this week I went and saw a place that unexpectedly is just PERFECT. So I put in an offer, without even thinking of the "Oh my goodness I have to pack everything and throw away all the shit I moved house with the last two times before I even consider moving house again" consequences. I didn't think I'd get it, the people who saw it directly before me put in an offer too, so I thought I wouldn't stand a chance in hele, but the agents turned around and said "It's yours!" ... So now I have to sort out all the paperwork and then spend every spare moment throwing out or recycling crap, and packing all my other stuff so I can move house some time in the next two to three weeks.

ARGH! But also, Excellent!

And then last night ... ho-oo boy, last night! ... Last night I came home to a phone message that proves not all procrastination is bad, in fact some can be down right amazingly good!

All that procrastinating I did, editing my Tarot book after that nibble of interest from a publisher, has paid dividends. I sent them a letter detailing my new vision for the book - basically turned the emphasis of the book on its head, the main thread is now (to use screenwriting terminology) B Story, and the secondary thread is now most definitely the A Story ... except we're talking about Tarot so it's not a novel and the word story really doesn't apply. But you get what I mean.

There's a shed load of work to be done yet, and no money at all (virtually), but come next spring I'm gonna be a published author! WAY-HEY! HOORAH! etc, etc. *dancing in celebration*

So procrastination has been my official route to becoming a published author.

YAY!

You can't see it but I'm doing The Dance Of Joy ... and as I boogie, I notice all the crap around the flat that I should be in the process of packing, or recycling, or throwing out. *sigh*

But, how good is that?!!

This has been one weird-ass week.

"Have you paid your dues, Jack?"
"Yes, Sir. The check is in the mail."

4 comments:

Phill Barron said...

I'll post it here too - congratulations!

Eleanor said...

Thanks Phil!

I would also like to thank my publisher, my sister, my cat, my dog, my piranhas for their ceaseless attention to duty in the anti-burglar pit-trap pool. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha.

I thank you. I thank you.

And to all those others who constantly tell me writing isn't a real job, it's only a hobby. To you, I say "Grrr!"

*Puts thumbs in ears and wiggles fingers ... blows raspberry*

Lucy said...

Actually you'll find it's "Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha"! ; )

Congrats, Eleanor. Next you need to write some kind of spell book that will ensure your dreams of world domination are pulled off, preferably whilst ensuring all your screenwriting competition is wiped OUT.

Eleanor said...

No Lucy,

In MY universe it is Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha.
Get it right or I'll spank you you naughty girl!

Spells? I don't need no stinking spells. I let the Universe do all that sort of thing for me - - Fate is way better than spells for achieving world domination and wiping out all my...

... hang on a mo, I don't want the competition wiped out otherwise who will be there to be jealous of my success? Huh? Huh?

I want competition! Keeps the killer instincts sharp. :)

Back to typing your book woman! Hurry up and get published so I can eye you warily as I sharpen my claws. ;)