The frustrating state of making progress but not finishing

I did make progress this week on most of my current projects, but I didn’t get to finish anything. That’s getting frustrating. I know, it’s the nature of the writing life — we put in a lot of work before we have anything usable. But I soooo want to close the book on something.

The one thing I didn’t get anything done on was Alien Visitors. And while I’d hoped to write some on the golem article, I didn’t get anything done with that either, other than some more research reading (which counts, especially for nonfiction, but still). I final-proofed Undead Sexist Cliches through Chapter Three and began the final proofing of Questionable Minds. I read about book marketing and marketing plans, which I’ll talk about next week. I got several Leafs done, and thanks to a friend of mine hiring me, began putting out some blog material for a veterans’ organization out in Colorado (for pay). And I blogged at Atomic Junk Shop about DC’s political super-duo, Hawk and Dove.

So paying gigs, productive work on other projects, but everything in mid-process. Good but frustrating. Especially as I’d like to get back to writing some new fiction.

Oh, almost forgot, I spent some time practicing my presentation for the virtual Zoom fair with various McFarland authors tomorrow. I’m scheduled for 2pm to speak on political paranoia in film and TV, as covered in Screen Enemies of the American Way.You can use code VVAF at McFarland Books to get 20 percent off any of the books covered in the various presentations.

Wisp has been staying outside a lot more this week, as the weather warmed up. I was thinking we were converting her to a mostly indoor cat, but I may have been optimistic. However, we’ll keep working on it — it would be safer for her and less threat to the local birds.

Walking the dogs this week I met Sparrow, an older cat who lives down the street. Much the same stripe and color pattern as Wisp, but to me they look very different now that I know Wisp so well.

See you at the virtual fair, I hope!

#SFWApro. Cover by Ditko, all rights to image remain with current holder.

 

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