The writing life, satisfaction, my project management plan unfolding #amwriting

When do we feel satisfaction? When book sales are booming? When reviews are glowing? How about when the editor says “It’s a great book.” Well, my editor did. And I feel a sense of satisfaction which I am nursing today like a glass of fine wine because tomorrow I have to open the file and face the edits. The other feedback was that I repeated a lot of words. Anyway, vacation is really over. I am at that fourth box in the dependency chain for Third Strike’s the Charm, Edit 1.  It’s satisfying to see that progress!

Dependency chain

I would like to get this done as fast as possible to free up November for National Novel Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo or just NaNo for short.) Are you a writer?  Are you doing NaNo this year? It’s really misnamed now because it’s international.

On an educational chat that The Wild Rose Press does every Tuesday for authors (which is open to the public, FYI, and is excellent), my editor was teaching about deep-point-of-view, and she called on me and said that the manuscript she was working on for me right now was in much better shape than the one she edited for me last year. (That one is a good book now, I stand behind it, and reviewers loved it, but it was a grueling editing process for my editor and me.) Making progress with craft is also a source of satisfaction. What gives you satisfaction with your work?

In photo land, I filled up my computer disk pretty quickly once I started taking bracketed shots in camera RAW, LOL! I had to start deleting images. I did buy an external drive, but I still have to clean up photos. Space is not unlimited, so I can’t keep garbage.

In the process of cleaning up, I found some more images to develop for you. These are from San Francisco.

Military tunnel in the Marin Headlands

Military tunnel in the Marin Headlands

Roots in the Marin Headlands

Roots in the Marin Headlands

Looking down on a road from the Marin Headlands

Looking down on a road from the Marin Headlands

I had a lot of fun when I noticed this in the archives. Do you see it? I did try to make it obvious with a lot of cropping…

Sailing over the bridge to work

Sailing over the bridge to work

San Francisco view from Lombard Street (the curvy one) to Coit Tower and the Bay Bridge

San Francisco view from Lombard Street (the curvy one) to Coit Tower and the Bay Bridge

Hyde Street cable car at Lombard Street

Hyde Street cable car at Lombard Street

Happy Friday. We are driving up to Lake Tahoe today. But once I get there, I have to start editing. That’s okay, I’ll get out to take some photos and hike a bit. What are your plans for the weekend?

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