Calm Before the Storm
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Below.
Iâ€™d thought that the Thanksgiving break was going to be about having the downtime Â to get some projects finished.
Like editing Â the rest of Third Degree of Separation and getting it off to the printer. The cover is done, after all. Itâ€™s not that much work.
Or maybe Iâ€™d get a good chunk of A Wedding of Souls edited. Â Or Â maybe the Â revision Â to Â Waiting on the Thunder finished.
Or even get my websites updated.
Instead, the downtime I got for Thanksgiving that Iâ€™d thought Â would be for productivity, ended up for down- time for…downtime. Â So Â my break is over now and Iâ€™m kicking myself for not getting enough Â done and mean- while, my Personal Obi-Wan is telling me she doesnâ€™t see how I get so muchÂ done. Thereâ€™s always Â more,Â always more ideas, always more projects. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d have it any other way.
With the help of my mentor, whom I now refer to as my Personal Yoda, Iâ€™ve structured Â a plan that Iâ€™m busily putting into place. This isnâ€™t the Healing Center yet, but it certainly fits in as well as fitting with my plans of a more portable career. Iâ€™m am pushing, pushing, pushing right now.
I already accomplish a ton of work on my daily com- mute, using my Â digital recorder and a transcription pro- gram for my essays/journals. Â The only problem with the program is that, when I write fiction, I really get into the characters and begin to talk in their accents and pitches instead of a natural voice that my transcription Â program recognizes.
Our heroine cringed at the sound of her arch-nemesisâ€™ voice and answered in her clipped accent, â€œCertainly naht! Thatâ€™s the noit-ee-est thing Ah-ee have heard ahll yeahr.â€ To which Â her Â nemesis Â raised Â an eyebrow Â and Â said, â€œWell, da-a-yam, shug! Wher-yah bin?â€
Shannon, when Â she Â edits Â the Â transcriptions, Â gets Â a huge kick out of this! The software works just fine at interpreting my normal speaking voice until I â€œdo people.â€
The digital recorder is vital to my productivity and my plans right Â now. One of my upcoming Â how-to projects will be comprised of several hours of recorded audio files sent to a virtual assistant whoâ€™ll verify the dictation three times and edit it for grammar, etc. Iâ€™ll drop in some samples, once itâ€™s back, and off itâ€™ll go to the printerâ€™s. Itâ€™s fast-paced, but thatâ€™s a necessity right now.
Meanwhile, Iâ€™m editing my journals as quickly as possible and beginning the workbook that goes with the first three journals. Itâ€™s definitely going to be a course, at least 3 courses over the whole of the series, though Iâ€™m not sure yet how Â thick this workbook is going to be. Each course will cover about 6 monthsâ€™ of essays and â€œpersonal archeologyâ€ questions based on my own journey to healing. Â The Â workbook Â will Â reference Â the Â corresponding Third Degree diary books.
I have the first three books completed now, with the first Â copies Â of Â Third Degree of Freedom coming Â off Â the presses tomorrow and in my home office later this week. The books and Â workbook will be available separately Â or packaged as a course. Hopefully the questions I ask that supplement the essays will be thought-provoking Â enough to help the reader explore some old patterns Â and break them. Itâ€™s funny that the series didnâ€™t start as â€œself-helpâ€ other than as a way to help my own self figure things out. Now itâ€™s something Iâ€™m apparently Â to take forward with me into a coaching career of some type.
Right now, as little blips of issues are showing up in my life, Iâ€™m swooping in and exploring them, categorizing them, and putting Â them Â away rather Â quickly. Â Sorta like everything is falling into place faster. Iâ€™m Â sure this will slow at some pointâ€”I know it will to make space for something elseâ€”but Â for now this is coming quickly and Iâ€™m flowing with it, writing more journals than usual but understanding that this is what I need to do for right now while that particular Â stream of energyÂ is Â there. Iâ€™m not even sure of where I am in the stream of journals yet. I know Third Degree Tiltâ€™s essays occurred in the May/June timeframe, Â with Â Third Degree Curves hitting Â around Â July and August, maybeÂ September. Â Third Degree of Truth is, I think, where I am now. But Iâ€™m not sure. Â Itâ€™ll depend on how the formatting goes and how much Iâ€™m actually writing.
But hereâ€™s the thing: I know the title of the one thatâ€™s next. I know it, just know it. Or maybe Iâ€™m already there and just havenâ€™t finished it. Itâ€™s a blue book with a huge crystal on it, though I might opt for pink instead just be- cause Iâ€™ve been socialized that way. Itâ€™s called Love in the Third Degree.
Itâ€™s Â a Â good Â thing Â that Â my Â Thanksgiving Â break Â had enough downtime for me to get some adequate rest. Iâ€™m going to need it.