Today Jamaica celebrates National Heroes Day, when we remember 6 men and 1 woman who fought for the freedom we now enjoy. I don’t think about them much during the year, but certainly appreciate how the quality of life has improved for all Jamaicans because of the sacrifices made by our heroes. If I wrote historical fiction, these stories would make interesting telling. I’m not even going to entertain that thought for long because the next thing I know, I’ll be off doing research alongside the many other incomplete mss I have going.
I did a television interview last Thursday, where I talked a little bit about a couple of my books. Have a look, if you’re interested. And no, I don’t have a tooth missing, just an extra-wide gap in my front teeth.
The link is here...http://www.televisionjamaica.com/Programmes/SmileJamaica.aspx/Videos/21428
One thing I've learned from this experience is that people are willing to support your efforts if they know what you're doing. So many people have asked me where they can buy the book I spoke about and, of course, they didn't know I write because I didn't tell them. I find it hard to talk about my writing in the real world. I think it's vulgar to bring up the fact that I write in conversation, but people counter that with common sense, as in, how are we gonna know you write if you don't tell us? Sensible arguments, eh?
This week, I’ll be trying to wrap up some stuff on the writing front. I’m working on a short story that’s not coming together as I’d like. The bones are there, but the emotional depth isn’t, so I’ve left that since Friday.
That tale will be part of the second short story collection I’m working on. Don’t Get Mad...Get Even has now had over 46,000 downloads. When I was counting that off in preparation for the interview, it reminded me that I was lagging on getting the next set of stories together. I’ve also been slow on visiting my internet buddies.
It’s hard for some of us to stay focused, especially with a full-time job, kids, plus other activities, but we must make a plan for the business end of things, as well as time to do all the things we love.
What jobs d’you have lagging?