It's annoying, but I can't justify becoming a full-time writer yet. It's not the money, it's that I still can't trust myself to do...well, this:
Kevin J. Anderson's Mathematics of Productivity. Essentially, his 2600 hours of writing a year boils down to a 50 hour work-week. And that's just on books.
Frankly, I'm a lightweight. I piss away my free time, and it's unacceptable.
The Acceptable Uses of David's Time: Reading every article on The New York Times, Arts & Letters Daily and SciTech Daily every day counts as research, that's an hour per day max. Reading the Harvard Business Review? 2 hours a month. Updating the blog daily is good tech practice and focuses my Writing thoughts, that's on average half an hour. Complex posts like Lazy Writer Cooks push the average up. Catching up on my blogroll? 30 minutes. My monthly flurry of critiques at Critters? 6 hours a month.
That's about it. Everything else is a waste of time if I want to be a real Writer. So...
David's Goal: Double my writing workweek from 20 hours to 40 hours and maintain that through 2011. Mostly by not watching TV and turning off the Internet. I shall procure a kitchen timer that goes "ding".
Of course, I like my day job. But that's not the point.
An update on the posts A Writer's Tools and Cover Art! For color palette tools, try Eclipse Palette. It's small, convenient, and doesn't get in the way.
Apropos of nothing, here's a sample of the horrors that I encounter during my day job:
Ah, jeez. That was just mean. I promise never to inflict that on you again.
250 words? Yes
Book "Lived Too Long to Die"
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