Anacrusis – Excerpt from an Unpublished Work

This is an excerpt from an unpublished novel.

anacrusisYou have to wake up early to beat the summer sun around here. I must have fallen asleep before 9 last night. Dark meant it wasn’t even 6 yet. By 6:00 the far side of the lake would already have a glow behind it as the sun rose.

Yup; clock on my phone said 5:50. I felt restless, anxious. I wandered from room to room as I drank a mug of coffee. Felt like I was looking for something that I knew wasn’t there.

The neat columns of boxes here and there, the big empty spaces where I had nothing, the quiet and dark drove me out.

A run was still the best way to clear my head, morning or evening. I paced myself to let the thoughts percolate and dissipate. I know you can’t go around the grieving process, you have to go through it. Doesn’t make it any less painful. At least I could be doing something I loved as it happened to me.

The slower pace took me farther than my sprint had yesterday. I realized I was running around the south end of the lake, running toward the sunrise. The trees thinned, and I could see more of the pink behind. It was as if the sun were making a sound, a rushing sound like water. I knew I’d drifted away from the lake by now, farther south. I couldn’t see water to the left at all, just the gentle slope down from the little ridge I ran along.

The sparse grass and dirt gave way to flat rock, shale, maybe, like the places I ran in Ireland. Hard on the legs, but here I expected it to turn back to springy soft forest floor again.

Instead, it turned into nothing at all.

If I’d been running any faster I’d have gone right over the edge. The rushing sound I’d been hearing was the lake pouring out through the narrow outlet Mrs. Wright had mentioned. I slid to a stop at the sharp edge of the rock. The water scrambled through an eight-foot-wide channel, pressed by the rock walls.

It was probably deep enough that if I’d fallen, I wouldn’t have been injured by hitting bottom, but water is powerful. When you’ve been slammed by ocean waves in California you develop a healthy respect for it. The best case scenario would involve being dragged downstream far longer than I wanted to walk back wet.

The other side of the chasm looked different. Sycamore or elm or something like that instead of pines. Approaching from the other side wouldn’t have been as frightening. The shale had broken off and was a foot lower than this side. You’d probably notice the gap.

It would also help that it was clear, not covered with pine needles like this side. Pine needles on smooth rock are slippery as ice.

It didn’t look too wide to jump, but the slippery edge made me too nervous to try it.

I wasn’t going any farther around the lake this morning, so I turned around and headed home.

Getting Your Book Out of the “Someday” Box by Finding Why

Getting Your Book Out of the Someday BoxThe greatest challenge to getting your book out of the “someday” box isn’t writing, it’s starting. It helps if you spend some time finding why; if you clearly establish your real reason for writing a business book.

  1. Are you writing a book to make money? Don’t. Virtually all books sell less than 500 copies. Ever. Even if you make $12 a copy (which is pretty good), you just made $6,000.
  2. To establish yourself as an expert. Good reason. If you literally wrote the book, you’ll be recognized as an authority on your subject.
  3. … more … “Getting Your Book Out of the “Someday” Box by Finding Why”

Book Excerpt from Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box

Wednesdays we’ll be posting excerpts of Joel’s writings. Today’s excerpt is from Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box.

Connect with an accountability mentor. You have friends and professional acquaintances who’d be delighted if you asked them to help you get your book done. A couple points on choosing them:

1. They need to believe. Somebody once started the lie that having someone tell you you’ll never succeed would inspire you to prove them wrong. Wrong. You do not need a troll, you need a rabid cheerleader who’ll make you believe when you forget to.

2. They need to not believe. … more … “Book Excerpt from Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box”

Call Me Pollyanna (Guest Post by John “Pollyanna” O’Leary)

I met John on a series of phone calls hosted by our mutual friend Trevor Gay, who, like us, is mad as a hatter. John is working on a book, and like many of you, he’s taking forever.

photo http://www.sxc.hu/photo/80376 by Jeff Prieb http://www.sxc.hu/profile/ctechsHere on Someday Box Joel often lays out the case for self-publishing your book—instead of chasing the REALLY BIG PUBLISHING DEAL. I would have to agree that there are benefits to self-publishing. But based on my experiences as a writer (and author of the forthcoming book, Business Lessons From Rock) I believe it’s only fair that you should hear the other side of the argument. Let me take a moment to enumerate the advantages of pursuing a major publisher. There are many.

… more … “Call Me Pollyanna (Guest Post by John “Pollyanna” O’Leary)”

Married to an Author

Joel and Sue CanfieldI’m married to an author. I work with an author. In fact, many authors. In my work for Someday Box I’ve worked with a dozen authors or so this year. In my virtual assistant business I’ve worked with another dozen or so this past year. So I know quite a bit about authors.

If you are married to an author, you know authors can have their quirks.

… more … “Married to an Author”

Rice Lake Public Library Presentation January 18 2014

We’ve arranged with our local library to present in person “Taking the Pain & Mystery Out of Becoming a Writer”.
Rice Lake Public Library Event January 2014
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm CST to 3:30 pm CST
Where: Rice Lake Public Library, Friendship Room, 2 E. Marshall Street

This is no charge to attend!

Details and more information can be found in our Events section.

For more information please contact:
Sue L Canfield 715 296 0347

“Practical Advice to Help You Get the Job Done”

Stephanie Chandler, Author, Speaker and Publisher, reviewed the book, Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box. Her review, as found in the book, follows: … more … ““Practical Advice to Help You Get the Job Done””

The Book

I’m conducting a little experiment with my videos. Clearly, most people watch the videos and, despite a direct request for this information, never comment on what else they’d need to get their book written. People don’t watch a video and think about writing.

After chatting with one of my prospective clients yesterday I realized I need to take my own advice. Rather than writing a book about the mechanical stuff, I need to write the why. It needs to help aspiring writers analyze their reasons for writing a book so they’re writing the right book, and have enough fire to make them do the work.

You can learn the mechanics anywhere; as my geek friends say, Google is your friend.

Only one place you can learn your why: your own head. I can help with that. I hope the book does just that.