My book cover is complete. ‘Mean-Spirited Tales’ is on there twice but I like it like that. I just have to proof the interior. Create Space mailed it to me. I hope it’s not jacked up on the inside. I had trouble formatting it on their site. The people at Create Space tried to help. A couple of the ‘specialists’ there had poor communication skills and talked over me, or cut me off before I could finish saying what my problem was.
I learned some communication skills from How to Win Friends and Influence People (I know it’s funny, right?), so I wouldn’t do that if I had that job. Today I was sarcastic to a visitor at the gallery, so I don’t always practice what I learned in that book. I was repentant, so that’s good. I have tingling in my face after having my tooth pulled two weeks ago which makes me irritable. I think I have nerve damage or worse. I don’t want to be around people as much. I’m going to the doctor today. I was unhappy about having to go to the doctor, and I’m upset because I might have to postpone a movie date with a friend because of it and I need my playtime.
I’m overwhelmed, but still taking care of my agenda. I take the steps and look back to see that another task is complete. I promised that I would put my short stories on Kindle during my hiatus from work. I’ve been here for seven years. It’s a great gig. But with the economy tanking things shifted around, so I moved to the gallery which is closed between December and March. I didn’t know if I would be called back, but didn’t look for work during this time. I wanted to use the opportunity to publish my book. I’ve been back since April. My job is not stressful so I have energy for ‘marketing’ my book. I had one story published but got tired of waiting for literary journals to publish my other work. In the old days, self-publishing was considered cheesy, so I didn’t want to do it. It is a lot of hard work to ‘do it yourself’.
Sometimes I feel like I’m doing all this for nothing. But I need to get it out of my system. I have a novel called “The Unavoidable” that I want to publish then I need to move on and write something else. I’m spending more time blogging and wrapping up book issues. At least I can say that I wrote a book. After writing these stories I thought, these stories aren’t going to read themselves — I have to publish a book.