As I get closer to finishing up the editing of my Work In Progress, I find myself staying up later each evening, and staying up most mornings instead of getting back to bed and grabbing a few extra hours of sleep.
The work needs to get finished I keep telling myself.
It's good stuff and there's a few thousand people out there who, if they find it and get the chance to read it, will love it's uniqueness.
"Despite the odds and your age", I think to myself, "you have a chance at a pretty good story here."
During the few breaks I allow myself....I enjoy the work of other creators
One such guy is the late Stieg Larsson and his amazing Millinium Trilogy
I just received the third book in the mail (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) and I am forcing myself to slow down and enjoy it. Especially since this is his final printed work.
Don't worry, there are no spoilers here.....
As some of you may know, Larsson had delivered the manuscripts of all three books in the trilogy and shortly afterwards, died of a heart attack walking up several flights of steps. He had smoked alot and did not (from what I had read) take care of his health very well. He was 50.
There is also a rumor that his companion has access to an unfinished fourth manuscript of this series but is having difficulties with his surviving family as well as Swedish law.
That's sad. Because I'm on page 10 of the third book it's quite riveting. The whole series is such a breath of fresh air in the thriller/mystery genre (at least, to me it is- I have read what i think is my fair share of such books)
Anyway, I myself need to be dropping about 30 pounds. And I'm lucky. All I need is to take the time to walk an hour a day and watch what I eat.
And yet, I feel the clock ticking every day as I find some distraction to tear me from finishing my WIP
Life is fragile. We, as crime writers know this as we write our works.
Life can change in a flash.
But I for one, need to take the time, to take my own life seriously.
I have more ideas I want to commit to paper (or an e-reader) but if I don't start enjoying what I do have, I'll pay the price later on.
Probably at a time when I'm in the position to have the kind of fun I've dreamed of.
So I just wanted to throw a friendly reminder out you all.
Have you enjoyed Larsson's works?
He has sold 25 million copies and has the honor of being the first writer to sell a million e-books on Amazon (which is an amazing feat considering the sad state of literacy in this world (and fear not, I plan a few rants about that in the future ha ha)
But he isn't here to enjoy those numbers.
Or anything else because he's gone.
And yes, he did a magnificent job with what time he did have and left us such a powerful story to enjoy. And I don't know anything beyond what I've read in his bio to judge the man beyond that.
But let's remember that without the brain and the hands and fingers to type with....
no-one can enjoy the works that we ourselves are all hammering away at today