Writing Dangerously: Get Back To Work, You Lazy Ass ~ Christopher Koehler: Outside the Margins

Join us as Christopher Koehler goes Outside the Margins.

Chris-Koehler-OTMWriting Dangerously: Get Back To Work, You Lazy Ass

The holidays are over and I had my fun, if that’s what you want to call it. I mean, what’s not to love when holiday cards, enforced comity with the neighbors, and an artificial tree with burned out lights are forced to bear the entire weight of human expectations and needs? What could possibly have gone wrong? Hahaha, plenty, as it turned out. After all, it’s not really Christmas unless someone’s weeping tears of rage or shame.

Then Poz was released on an unsuspecting public on January 8, and trust me, that terrified me. I climb right up the crazy tree a week or so before any book of mine is released. I’m told it’s not uncommon. Amy Lane first introduced me to the Tree House and showed me where there were some good rooms left.

The Crazy Tree

Even before the blog tour started—who loves you, Brandilyn—I was crazy busy. In an unaccustomed fit of productivity, not only did I come up with a list of possible topics, I wrote all those posts, plus several more. I’m about halfway through the tour. The complete itinerary is posted here on PBA. Run a search for ‘Poz’ and you’ll find it. I check the three or so most recent stops a few times each day to reply to comments y’all are good enough to read.

But I haven’t gotten back to work and it’s driving me crazy.

See, that’s the thing.

I need to get back to work.

Let’s unpack that, shall we? I published a book (work), I’m promoting that book (more work), but what do I consider work? Writing. I’m halfway done with the follow-up to Poz, and I’m trying to gear back up. Before the holidays, I’d been writing along at a decent clip (for me) and then….falalala and ho ho ho! Sand in the gears. Then the promotion for Poz, and I feel like I’m not doing anything, or at least not anything that counts.

My publisher has indicated she’s willing to consider buying the follow-up to Poz—currently titled All That Is Solid (Melts Into Air) on a partial and outline. As you know from previous posts I’m all about the outline. All I need to do is prove to her that I’ve got a viable novel, which shouldn’t be a problem. Sure, ATIS needs some real revisions—particularly the depiction of daily life managing HIV—but I’ve got sources and people waiting to help me with that. Run spell check and email it, already.

I just need to get back to work.

 

~ Christopher Koehler

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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