‘What Would You Give Up For Your Dreams?’

 

Such an innocuous question – implies all kinds of things you should and shouldn’t do…

Freedom to roam?

Freedom to roam?

  1.  If you really believed in your dream you would do anything to get it… Hum but then there is the Zen thing and the Karmic thing … Will you care who you squashed when you look back? Will you find your self alone and wonder why?
  2. Then there is the whole health issue – one of my mentors right now is poorly and has been trying to ‘do it all’ – the evidence of potential burn out is right there for us looking in to see.
  3. Another mentor has been talking of getting enough sleep – which turned out to be pertinent to me – but freely admits at his stage in life he can design his own day every day – no boss, no kids etc etc.
  4.  Another talks of hating to be told to ‘slow down’ but at the same time goes on to point out that doesn’t mean at the expense of accuracy  or health…

Me?

 I have been working 17 hours + a day on my stuff and been proud to do it – except I look pale and chubby now and I am making mistakes and having to do things twice – in the end I made such a big mistake I lost the use of my series data on a piece of software and had a 24 hour day  – and then a 24 hour night to recover – when I woke up and took a look at self I realised that all things being equal giving up my physical and mental health ultimately means failure to achieve my goals of publishing the books any time soon – illness and accident can strike us all – deliberate self sabotage is stupid – but we do it all the time without even noticing.

You?

 How are you doing?
          It seems none of us take advice or learn from the mistakes of others before we have too. – the blogging world would have fallen silent by now if that were not so – if you drive your self mad, lay waste to your body and soul and do it at the expense of those around you then what will you really achieve?

Will I take my own advice?

 Well I have stuck to a daily word limit on the typing up and a couple of days this week I didn’t do any but worked out side on the farm without beating self up for abandoning my calling…
 I haven’t had a headache this week yet or a neck like an iron bar – both of which have been constants this last few months.
 I cleaned out my area where I keep my exercise bike etc and found a carpet for my outdoor yoga.
Yoga mat, boots, old bike, rope and diving weights...

Yoga mat, boots, old bike, rope and diving weights…

I started each day with ‘putting in the big rocks first.’ In my case checking the sheep with the dogs on foot which will build up into my  running routine.

Will I stick to it?

Don’t know.

If I start dreaming of also riding my horses regularly again as well?

Desk top hprses only possible right now...

Desk top horses only right now…

 I start to tense up – this place IS a building site right now and being away from the daily Open House Surgery drama is not easy – so I have to think back to ‘put the big rocks in first’  and take action on the things I can do – the house IS still in NECESSARY surgery, and recovery time will be months – but there won’t always be so many people working at once and then I can be free to come and go.

 

Open House Surgery

Open House Surgery

If I stick to the things I can do now then when I get to the
point I can ride away I will enjoy it as my body won’t fall apart or the horse buckle at the knees…September is such
a nice month for riding anyway.

So this week it is ‘big rocks and baby steps while reaching for the stars’ 🙂 Or it will be seeing stars…

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The Joy Of Writing Software…

The Joy Of Writing Software.
Not. Like a horse that drops a shoulder ‘for no apparent reason’ and sends you flying because it can so writing software can cause painful landings, loss of function and total debilitation ‘for no reason’ because it can. In the same way it makes everyone else wince and say ‘Ooo Nasty…’
Having been pitched into the black void by Ywriter once before I always do everything twice and use Scrivener as well – even when I am tired and it seems silly – after all will anyone ever read this stuff? Will I ever finish the projects? Well not with Ywriter I won’t. This time it is being turned out to grass – those projects of mine it hasn’t scattered this time I can still use – but not add to. Scrivener and I will carry on alone – yes I could likely get my stuff back together if I take a few weeks out or give it to some one to sort out for me but really why would I bother? If I don’t know why it did what it did or if I did or didn’t do something – how will I ever be sure it won’t do it again? Scrivener is much more user friendly and is happy to be saved and copied and backed up and carried around – if it was live on line like Evernote and could sync it would be perfect – but it will do till Holly Lisle gets One Stop up and going out of Beta.
The work of typing up Q2 moves on despite the hiccup above – pick self up get back on horse – put lemonade in the glass half empty and type on… Happy days:)
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White Boarding And Other Torture

White Boarding

White Boarding

 

White Boarding

Where am I? What am I supposed to be doing? Eventually boils down to white boards for me and pulling in the various strands of my writing work to form some sort of coherent structure and provide proof of progress and future direction at a glance with or without Broad Band, paper To Do List to hand is a must have for me – pref’ screwed to the wall – but as I am in a mobile home right now propped up on the mega soffa is just fine.

The Torture
 Today this came from Eban Pagan’s launch of The Start Up Club – I dare say it wasn’t meant to be torture but that is how it turned out – email arrived pre dawn and I thought I could give it a go – then I lost the link – and America was asleep. Then I tried the help desk – no dice. Then Live Chat and just as they were sorting me out The Nat West bank Fraud team shut my account and then a blip on the US end meant I got locked out and felt as if I was banging on doors and windows and folk were hiding – they might have been. Strangely the ‘closed’ Facebook group was accessible and soon offering help – I have no idea if I now have access to The Start Up Club  or not – I lie – Or They Are Listening – the email just told me I am in! Whoop pee.  12 hours later. First question was what is important about launching business? Make sure the links work! Also to those in The US please remember we get up way before you do so if you want Wide World business – staff all help desks over 24 hours – Please:)
The torturous experience above meant failure to get out riding  but I did get the white board sorted  so another Good Day In La La Land.
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Formatting that disappeared…

 

 A Day On Research

A Day On Research

Yesterday’s blog post experiment the formatting disappeared between Evernote and Word Press – I then tried a short post in Scrivener having cut and paste from Evernote – but the inclusion of  a photo proved the undoing when back loading to WP I did get the’ welly’ shot in manually but it was a fag.
I did notice how to Tweet and upload to FB out of Evernote – but not to WP…
Dug out my resources that I have collected and got to work
‘Learn Scrivener Fast’ site – this didn’t seem directly helpful today as it started prattling on about Multimark down so I switched tack and went to ‘WP 101’  which did show me some formatting options in the WP editor I had missed and also  a couple of other features I might check out next time. And as an aside a pod cast with Jeff Goins which was actually an interesting distraction. I also flicked through the mighty Scrivener For Dummies – no ref to the Blog template so I didn’t get it from them.
Holly Lisle work from last night remained on my desk so I re listened to the Q and A taking notes this time and checking through the hand outs – she is developing – and I have volunteered as a beta for – her own one stop shop writing software that will allow you to write and then up load where ever or add to your M/S without all this mucking about between several  bits of thirdparty software she hopes…It isn’t much help right now.
I have remembered I have a load of links from Platform U re Scrivener and Evernote and I am sure a book on my Kindle which may or may not be the source of the Blogging Template I have which is not exactly what I want to use,  but is now stopping me from progressing till I know where it came from… Bit more research and I found that the Templates had come from Learn Scrivener Fast – so I down loaded a few more as empty projects so next time there is a gap in me looking at this I will know what on earth they are and where they came from.
In order to be fair I have opened the Kindle book Evernote Essentials  Owen Wright and I will flick through to see if I get any other relevant ideas for now – without up grading anything to Premium levels which right now are not cost effective.
I think the answer may be write the blog posts – with photos – on WP editor even if I have written the idea out in Evernote but anything I want to Tweet or Facebook then comes direct from Evernote.
I am experimenting with how it all fits together and works right now – I need a basic set up that functions and I can use, I then need to crack on with the writing – typing up at the moment mainly while the house is being ripped apart – then revision etc and then start putting the books up here. I don’t really need third party software scheduling tweets and posts etc right now – I am sure the world can manage without an up date from me midnight Thursdays.


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Avoid Falling Flat

Avoid Falling Flat

 

Refreshed by a good two hour Q and A /Webinair from Holly Lisle last night. Her sites are under going over haul at the moment – very interesting to watch and be part of seeing what has grown organically be replaced by something dedicated is a lesson in it’s self – in paying attention to what other people do that works and what doesn’t and why – is useful if I can manage to take the advice and avoid the pot holes ahead – time will tell.

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Still Thinking This Through

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Good place to think

Looking, listening and learning – what do I see? Hear? Know now? For Sure?

If I am going to sell ebooks.
1. I need books – finished, revised and beta read. Formatted, jacketed and I need to be able to upload them to the places where they can be sold.
2. I need a self hosted web page/s if I am going to run a shop for direct down loads and giveaways.
3. I am going to need a blog front to create interest and do all the things blogs do – link to Face book and Twitter etc.
4. It would be sensible to make it all look similar – ‘professional identity’ Back grounds, pictures etc with all the expected widgets and gizmos and buttons.

 

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Then we get into SEO  – well I will – when I get that far.
Most of that makes sense to me as I familiarise myself with it and mostly just requires me to just do it, and then get on with writing more books.
But in Guru Land and Advisor Plains and Coach Worlds where I  wander wondering at the moment – I am starting to see issues and to feel uncomfortable. Or may be I am just being British.
The primary sources have been in this game from the start – highly successful now – they are no longer alone – they don’t rely on the free third party software they suggest – their teams use the Pro versions – if they don’t use their own designed in house.
 They don’t sit down and write every day several times a day they ‘fill buckets’ and ‘schedule content’ – they launch ever tinier bits of ‘How To’ with mind trapping hooks, wallet opening, loan inducing marketing strategy – they talk of scarcity and of making the mark feel they belong to a community… they talk about peddling your message…  Of ‘monetizing platforms’ to the point you don’t have anything to sell of your own – you just recommend other folks stuff or  carry advertisements… reminds me of that song ‘Money For Nothing’ and everything is ‘Amazing’ and ‘Super’ and they want you to be ‘a good follower’.
 Why? They didn’t follow anyone. This brings me to the second and third tier guru, advisor or coach aka some one like you and me who has a product to sell being encouraged to pay money to learn to imitate someone else – the fact is that the up shot of my several months of study on this – is that I now see the genuine folk I thought were real are actually preprogrammed and scheduled team auto responses cleverly packaged and aimed at me – so do I really want to schedule email, Facebook and Twitter comments throughout the day or worry about Thursday’s ‘content?’ Do I scour other folks sites to parasite my blog posts off their headlines or just pass them on? Or do I speak when I have some thing to say? Get on with writing my books and getting them ready to sell?
I have to say at this point I don’t know – I keep sheep I am not one – BUT all the folks I have come across are genuine and generous and if that translates to them making mega bucks by selling a tiny product for a few ‘bucks’ millions of times does that make them wrong or make the advice bad? No it doesn’t.

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It seems to me – at this point in time – that most are saying the same things –
1. Don’t wait for perfect – go with what you have or have decided on and alter it later.
2. Product and Marketing are equally important – there is no one without the other.
3. No matter how big these people turn out to be they all say start using free stuff and don’t give up the day job with out a plan – and as you grow buy in what you need in terms of design and help even – heaven forbid – content, then look at giving up paid employment.
This all seems perfectly solid, sensible and responsible advice and rather at odds with the ‘Money For Nothing’ content products messages that seep in.
So I find my self deep in hooks lines and sinkers and trying to clear wood from trees to see which bit of the jungle out here I am in now.
1. What tech stuff do I need for a frame work?
2. What buttons will I need to get pushed?
3. What strategy for marketing will I choose?
4. Who am I?
5. What am I?
6. Why do I want to do this?
7. What do I want to do?
Answers 4 – 7 Marie-Claire is a writer who wants to sell the books she writes.

 

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