The fatigue is epic, but the task is done. Tomorrow is the day!
It is often said that art imitates life, and I also wonder, does life imitate art? My new novel, “Naked As The Day“, takes readers into aspects of the fashion world in Tokyo, including modeling. Recently, a friend of mine called me to ask me to model in her new endeavour, Z Fashan. I said why not. It is easy to get into a funk over the demands of self-publishing, and this was a welcome escape. The event was sponsored by Campari, photos courtesy of Red Square Events, with clothing designed by Zaid Smith. Checkout future updates from the line here.
I’m 100% finished with my first draft of my new novel, so presently i’m in relax mode.
I’ve spent the last several weeks writing mostly through the night for my new novel set in Japan which i’ll be promoting very soon. As I let a friend give it the first read through, it is interesting how calm my mind feels now. There is a certain kind of ticking madness that can come with having a project hanging over your head. A pounding, relentless need to birth it that can be overwhelming. Once I’m done getting it all on paper, doing the editing and looking forward, I being to understand the sense of relative achievement that comes with something like this.
I’m spending the day watching Woody Allen movies and lounging around. Whatever the next plan for me will be, it won’t be as high stress, nor as heavily demanding. I wrote a blog post about being a 10 page a day writer, and I used the information contained there to pen my latest project in about 18 days.
18 days, 75,000 words. (factoring a gap week )
Then I spent the last week re-reading and doing edits. So call it 4 1/2 weeks to the start and finish of this novel. Possibly I might do something more detailed, an ebook perhaps, on punching out a novel quickly. Possibly in January I might work on another project, using some of these methods to have more product ready for the new year. We’ll see.
But it is good to feel relaxed (for now) and i’m ignoring any desire inside me to re-read chapters, puzzle character motivations or that stuff. For two days it is just me, the TV and possibly junk food. One of the best parts of coming off the high of doing something that demands such ridiculous focus and energy… is simply, going low and staying there for a little while.
I will have a month of promotion ahead, so I’m going to take my relaxation time while I can.