Just over a year ago I was nearly ready to publish my recipe book … when my not-backed-up hard drive CRASHED. I researched getting the information on my hard drive recovered through a number of data recovery companies but that proved prohibitive — I was going to have to start over! Fortunately I found an old back-up on one of my other computers — to my relief I did not lose any of my recipes, which is of course the most important part — but for all the rest of my work … I was going to have to start over. What did I learn from all this?
BACK UP YOUR HARD DRIVE.
So, using the partial back-up I found following the crash, I restarted my book during June 2017 and I have been working on it since — I even got a SUPER COOL editor by accidental fortune and dhum luck …. er, I mean, dumb luck. I am here to say that things have been going well and I’m nearly done! Again.
This past holiday season, despite my preferences, I had to take a bit of a break from this work — I needed to prioritize on things other than my book. I was working my day-job, baking a ton of cookies as gifts for friends (that’s kinda my thing), I was preparing for time with my family, and my truck let me know it needed a number of repairs. I had even been asked once again to contribute to the annual Celtic-rock Christmas tour by the esteemed fiddler, Geoffrey Castle — and given my previous music experiences with Geoff, that was an opportunity was I was NOT about to miss!
So now it’s January 2017 … I mean 2018, and I am back to work — on my book, on my day-job, on my truck, on my music, on … on … on … TOO MUCH! Out of necessity, I prioritized during the holidays to get things done, so why not now? That occurred to me last week, and it’s left me thinking….
I need my truck for coming events. I want and need my book to be done because … well … both with trials & tribulations the project has been going for a prolonged period, and I want to enjoy the next stage of it — having it published and connecting with people about baking and good food.
So it makes sense to put everything else aside and focus on these, right? I think so!
I’m sizing things up — I’m considering this temporary shift. If I do it, I see it as being possible that I could be done with my book in a matter of weeks, my truck too! By doing this I would reduce the directions I’m stretched in and attempt to keep my sanity (/CHORTLE), and then be better able to focus on both the work that remains and the work ahead. This could also better allow me to promote my coming book — which has been a challenge with everything already happening.
So there’s my thought, maybe my Plan Of Action — we’ll all know soon enough — wish me LUCK!
All the Best ~ Don
Linda at CheckChick.com
If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a small business owner … it’s being both of these kids … and you have to wear the costume.
Yes, in front of Everyone.