I should be copy-editing and reformatting the e-book proofs of Empire’s Hostage, but I’m not. Instead, I’m finding lots of other things to do.
Most of my ‘other things’ are writing related. I updated my website, I wrote a book review. I worked on some of the editing work I do. I worked on a presentation I’m assisting with on growing herbs. Monday, a surprise acceptance to read at an event this coming Saturday arrived in my in-box, so I’ve polished that piece, and practiced it, and polished some more. Now I’m writing this.
I tell myself the following excuses: I’m waiting for the feedback from the beta-readers; I haven’t downloaded the latest copy to my ipad (it’s easier to find the errors working with both the ipad and the PC interface); I’ve got lots of time to get this done.; my hips hurt from sitting at my computer too long. All these are true, but I think they aren’t really why I’m procrastinating. I think I’m procrastinating because there is part of me that doesn’t want to let this book out to the wide world, to the ratings and reviews (or lack of them); to the marketing, to the mostly uncaring public…and then there is the fact that, once it’s out there, I need to start the extensive research needed for the third (and probably final) book.
On the other hand, I know there are people waiting impatiently for Empire’s Hostage. I have a responsibility to those people, my public, if you like. It’s a good thing they’re out there: sometimes I need extrinsic motivation. So, I’m going to make a cup of tea, and upload the newest proof to the ipad, and get going on those edits.
Or maybe tomorrow…..