I had my doubts right up until the last minute… but was able to finish.
I started my SoFoBoMo 2016 book on 3 July, a holiday weekend when I had three straight days to work on the book. I shot quite a bit on the 3rd and 4th, but had other commitments the following weekend. I had a week of leave planned starting on the 16th.
Interrupted by work demands, my week of leave turned into a single day off. I spent that day at a motorcycle racetrack trying to see if I could go as fast as my motorcycle. No wrecks but I did run off the track once. Not terrible for my second time on a road course. Especially with a ten year gap between the two days.
My point is, if I can get back around to it, life happens. I got one more weekend to work on the book, 30 and 31 July. I had to process my photos in about a day, sequence and produce the book the next day. I finished just after midnight on Tuesday, 2 August. Exactly 31 days from when I started.
Is it the best work I’ve ever produced? No, it isn’t.
Am I happy with the result? As happy as I could be.
Life has continued and I’ve been too busy to write anything about the experience. But I’ve got a small gap in feeling overworked and I figured I should put some thoughts on paper.
- Even as stressed as I’ve been about work over the month, I was still able to find a little time.
- Books do not take as much time to create as we tend to believe. Our preconceived notions are often overkill.
- No matter how much time we spend on something, we feel like there is more we could have done.
So I guess I’m saying if I had it to do over again, I’d do some things different. And I’m still happy with the result and the fact that I did the work to finish the book.