The last four weeks have been a whirlwind of things. It all started on May 2nd, with a visit to the local craft shop for Yarn Shop Day. To say that experience was underwhelming is an understatement. Especially as people were tweeting better ones. Photos that showed yarn shops full of people knitting, crocheting, and chatting, with tea and cakes on hand. That was what I wanted. The kind of day I would have put on, if I owned a yarn shop.
That last thought stayed with me. I read a few online articles, downloaded a book, and considered the idea. I did a search for available properties. One search turned up a little shop in Little Lever. It had been a toy shop, and it was as cute as a button. Hubs and I went to see it, managed to get in, and… that was that. I was in love.
With the copy editing dwindling and me very determined not to be unemployed again, we got more details. I applied for a loan. It wasn’t much, but I got it. I rang the estate agent. The next day, I met the landlord, agreed to the terms and signed the paperwork. Paid the bond and first month’s rent. I came away with the keys and a mixture of excitement and dread.
Now I’m looking at opening on June 13, barely a month after conceiving the idea. I’m hugely busy and set to become even more so. And in the meantime, I’ve not been writing. When I got the analysis for GENESIS DUSK on Wednesday and realised it needed considerably more work, I was deeply upset. The thought of having to do another rewrite on top of everything else seemed impossible. And, to a large degree, it is.
I can’t spend a month on rewriting like I did during NaNo. The shop is going to be more than a full time job. It’s going to require time and effort and mental resources that I won’t be able to spend elsewhere. I’ve invested a fair bit of money and need to recoup that. Which means it has to be my top priority.
What does this mean for GENESIS DUSK? What does it mean for my other writing? Well, everything else has to take a backseat. I originally planned to published GD before September, so I had copies at BristolCon. This is obviously not going to happen. I don’t know when it’ll be published, but I have made an editing plan. It’ll be a case of one step at a time, fitting editing in where I can, and getting feedback from my editor. Writing has to go back to being a spare time thing, rather than a full time one. And yeah, that’s hard, but I cannot do ALL THE THINGS, no matter how much I want to. Not without burning out and risking bankruptcy.
But stay tuned, because GENESIS DUSK will happen.