This post was supposed to post yesterday. I guess we’ll just post this post today
I just had a long heartfelt chat with a fan of the books. The input I receive as a business and an artist is invaluable. And on a personal level, it makes it feel like what I’m doing has meaning. That deeper connection, it feels oh so good. That feeling is way too rare, missing in everyday life, found in the occasional stranger visa vi a creative process.
I don’t get a lot. Not nearly enough. But when I do get it, it affirms what I’m doing is right. Or wrong! Either way, it gives me a way point from which to orient and plan my next move. And that is a huge deal. All those comment cards and a requests from businesses to let them know how they’re doing, those efforts are made for good reason. We wanna keep in touch with yall. We’re hungry to know whether or not we are doing a good job. Our survival is dependant on it.
So, please don’t be shy about sharing your opinions if you have them.
Up next, I’m looking at the work involved in the book. Its a lot. A weird idea came up about writing a smaller simpler book as an in-between whilst I work on the main book. I can’t tell if its me being overly hungry for new projects, me wanting to prove to people I’m working on something, or me just having a dry run for design and layout process. Probably all three. Maybe even overcompensation for not feeling like I’m working hard enough. How likely is it? I honestly don’t know. Might as well try and see.
As for morale. I feel great and I’m ready to get things done. Exercise and meditation are back on point. Depression and anxiety levels are ebbing. In case it didn’t show here, the last few week have been yuck. Now though, now I’m feeling like I woke up. I’m fresh and raring to go.
So let’s go. Let’s get stuff done while the mood is here.
It seems way to easy, especially in this climate, to get overwhelmed by distractions. All these protests and the political fallout. The covid panic is still in full swing, you have people from both sides fighting for what’s best, people nervous about the economy going from recession to full blown depression. Not to mention every person out there trying to make ends meet and struggle through an already cluttered life.
This is me trying to focus past the miasma. The past few weeks have been distracting to everyone, I’m sure. So what can we do in the midst of the chaos? I guess find a little piece that is ours and practice some control on what’s important.
So what’s important to you that you can control?
Me, I guess, is to take personal inventory. I’m trying to create a startup at the shittiest of times. Let’s amend that to: I’m creating a start up. I am feeling stretched too thin trying to do everything myself. Let’s amend that one to: what are the necessities? This is going to take an enormous amount of effort and time. Let’s turn that into: one step at a time, one day at a time. Is any of this endeavor even worth it? Let’s tweak that to: even if the destination is horseshit; that fact that I have myself together and that I am trying supercedes the importance of the destination.
This is doable. It’s all very doable.
Given the world in the worst of times or best of times, these are some pretty reasonable guidelines. Focus on what you can, endure what you can’t, be vigilant on discerning the difference,, and work towards something meaningful.
Ok, I’m in.
It really is!
I’ve been looking over the competition, the kids book market is oversaturated. Jesus, it is. The market always has been. And since the advent of personal publishing, really anyone can and does do it. Like YouTube channels it is vast; quality, variety, and consistency vary widely. The whole thing feels like I’m staring down an ocean wondering how I’m gonna swim across. Or at least stay afloat.
What do I have in my favor for this adventure? I got me some skills. The craftsmanship is high and it shows. My discipline and focus are in a good place. Motivation comes and goes, but it’s there. My job, while a time sink, affords me some financial security. I’m single, or single enough, which gives me a lot of social mobility. Years of experience. Independence, smarts, and spirit. There’s a few things.
Not gonna list detriments. Those come often and naturally enough when I’m tired.
Among all the hats I wear in life or in business, I do wonder. There is always a time when the smaller details can hijack the larger scheme of things. All those addages, idioms, sayings and platitudes are true; its the daily commitment to it all. Neglect one skill and another will take its place. If you’re not mindful, it’ll probably be a bad one. When there is a prize to focus on, the rest really does naturally fall in line.
Feels like that last paragraph is a mess, the thoughts are there but still concealing into a whole.
Take care of the basics so you can focus on the larger prize. If you don’t, them nagging basics will distract your attention off the larger goal. Or worse, you chase your larger goal at the cost of your humanity. Efforts to focus on that sexy prize need to be practiced, too. Ultimately, there’s a balance to be had. As in all things.
We’ll work out the kinks of this post in the second draft