A peek behind the curtain of my creative process as I conceive, research, write, edit, and publish a book. I don't want to be here today. It's tough to get my arse in the chair, thanks for the virtual encouragement!
Good morning, Lovelies. I'm … I don't want to be here, this morning. I've had a really big weekend, and my girlfriend has the day off, and she's still in bed with a cup of coffee, and I'm in my office with my own coffee. I know where I'd rather be.
So, doing these videos is working, inasmuch as, I get to share my knowledge with you, and I also get myself into the office in front of my work, which is most of the battle. I find, in general, if I get myself here, in the chair, with my fingers on the keyboard, thinking in the right direction, chances are I'm going to do some really good work. Getting myself here is the problem, most of the time.
So—excellent! I still don't really want to be here.
With regards to the last video I posted: it froze half way through, and then the sound was unsynced, and I decided to leave it up and viewable because part of something that I'm dealing with, with myself, is my tendency to be a perfectionist. The whole point of doing these videos live, and not pre-recorded (which I almost switched to over the weekend, after the blip with the last video) is that it's just raw.
And, that's part of what I teach other people how to be, is raw and real, and open to the moment. To find symbolism and healing and meditate in those moments. And so, this is me, teaching me the stuff that I teach other people.
So, you get to see that too. Yay [chuckle]!
Anyway … So, Friday I did do what I wanted to do. I took more notes on Embodying Earth and grew the outline a little bit more. There were a lot of other things I did: administrative things, creative things, design things. But anyway, let's move forward.
Today, I'm going to be working out how to create an RSS feed subscribe for people who want to subscribe to these videos and have them delivered to their inboxes once a day. And then I'm going to do similar things for my list for my blog, which is very intermittent. I started out publishing once a week, and it sort of slipped out to once a fortnight, once a month. So, I'm thinking that if I do an option for these videos to be delivered once a week, do my blog maybe once a month/once a fortnight, and then I do a newsletter once a quarter—which comes out with a meditation (usually). My last one did not come out with a meditation because I was … Well, I used the excuse that I was too busy with writing.
I was just not turning up to my desk every day. So, I didn't have the time I needed to relax and enjoy the whole process. And so I just pretended I was too busy, which is one of my tactics.
The meditation is actually ready now! I've got it back from the sound engineer, and it sounds awesome. It sounds amazing … Goosebumps, and it really moved me. When that happens—as the person who writes the words and speaks the vocals—when I hear it back, and I am blown away, I want the whole world to hear it. Because my sound engineer is so bloody talented! She just makes me sound magical and awesome. The sound that she puts with it and the music she composes … Oh, I just want everyone to hear it.
I hope that you subscribe, maybe, and then you can get it. I reserve my meditations for Tribe members only (Tribe members are my subscribers). And that's my gift, for giving me the huge gift of their email address—because, that's really bigger than you know, guys.
I'll be working to get the meditation released today and learning about RSS to email for my MailChimp account. I use MailChimp for my emails.
When I come across something that I don't know how to do, I just teach myself how to do it. That's part of how I amass this … I've got so much knowledge, now! I didn't realise how much I knew. Until I start hearing questions that other people have about how to do this, how to do that, and I think, "Ooh—I actually know how to do that." I'm continually underestimating my vault of general knowledge and business knowledge … Healing knowledge.
All of this stuff goes into my author well. Because life is what you draw on to be an author. And, I'm finding I'm a lot better at it than I thought I was.
Anyway, that's five minutes, my darlings. I will be working on the meditation today and doing some more outlining. Even if I don't get the meditation completely finished, I still want to get my hand in to some of the outlining for Embodying Earth.
I hope I'm not speaking too quietly. I'll have to check the volume when I play this back. And, I will keep showing up! See you tomorrow—okay, bye.
What's it all about?
This series of videos creates an accountability framework for me and shows you my creative process as I conceive, research, write, edit, and publish a book.