Who knew it was going to take this long just to get the edits redone on the book and get it back up correct? Well, it’s been up and incorrect for a while, but now it should be right. There are still places were the spacing is strange, and when I check it out before uploading, everything looks fine, so it must happen upon upload, but I don’t know how to get it to not do that. But I think all the spelling errors are gone now. Knock on wood. Of course, I say that, and then there will be one. I’m just glad that I’m done writing the second book and and now in the editing stage for it. I’ve tried to do some marketing, but I need reviews to do much more. So If you have gotten my book and read it, please leave a review for me. If not, it is much easier to find my book by my last name, Gonterman. It’s only $2.99 on Amazon and there are 2 more coming.
But I am still in limbo as far as the cancer books go. I have written 3 now. And I want to put them all up separately and as a set, but I’m having problems with getting the e-covers done, I’m waiting on two of them to be accomplished, and then I can get them all formatted and done all at once to put up together.
I am also waiting on another book to be formatted that I wrote under a pen name. It’s a way different and because of that I thought it best to be under a different name.
It feels like I get my part all done and then I’m stuck waiting on other people to help me. Lord knows I tried to format for Kindle my books myself, but couldn’t figure it out, even with the software and directions that I had for my Mac. But you figure when you pay someone to do it, it should get done and you should’t have to be constantly emailing trying to find out where your project is up to, because it was supposed to be completed two days or two weeks ago. I hate waiting. When my part is done I just want to see it through to the end, and see it published. I have 5 things completed and only 1 thing out there. It’s just kind of frustrating.
So I was just on my other blog: http://takingaleapoffaithpublishing.com and was going over all the things that I have to start incorporating in my day to day, and man it’s a lot. So do I set a word count for the writing or a time allotment, because I can’t just go until I’m done, or I’d be up all night?
And I have to see my kids. I mean, yeah, they’re older and can pretty much take care of themselves, but my oldest is leaving for college in the fall. All I have is the next few months. Call me selfish, but I want to spend as much time with him as I can while I have the time to spend it. I know he has his friends and his girlfriend and I won’t keep him from them, but I’m going to miss him like crazy, and want to get in as many memories as I can. Usually at this point that is going to dinner and going to the movies, and that is fine with me. But I want that time.
You hold this precious little bundle in your arms and you think you have all the time in the world. And they just grow up so damn fast and you don’t know where all the time went, because it seemed like yesterday they were sitting in your lap and you were reading their favorite book. Now they’re driving a car to go the the park and shoot hoops. Part of me is so proud of the almost man that I raised who is going to go out and take the world by storm. And part of me just wants my little boy back to cuddle with and read our favorite stories. But time goes on and he has to grow up. I guess I just have to be happy that he is going to be a man that I can be proud of. He will be good and strong and stand up for himself, for others, and for what is right. And I had a hand in that. And one day, he’ll have kids of his own, and he’ll understand how quickly the time goes, and how important the life lessons are.
The key to life, is understanding which board game you are playing at the current time. Are you just in The Game of Life? Is it Battleship? Risk? Monopoly? Or are you forever stuck in Candy Land, destined to never grow up? Or maybe you feel like you’re playing Chutes and Ladders and keep getting those darned chutes. (If your kids are around make sure you’re not playing strip poker!) I know that is a card game, but I had to throw that one in just for the fun of it.
When I was a kid we had this game called Payday, and the gameboard was set up as a calendar month. The object was to be able to pay all your bills and not run out of money before your next payday. Of course there were car accidents and dentist bills and unexpected doctor visits. For some reason, I really liked this game as a kid. I gotta say, it’s not so much fun in real life. I mean what do you do when you come up short? You can’t just borrow from the bank like you can in the board game. You have to decide what you pay and what you don’t. So is that where Risk comes in?
And of course, tax season is upon us. Well, at least I know the government owes more than I do. Actually, I’m getting back this year, and paying off some old bills to try and get my credit rating up. It sucks when you want to play The Game of Life and take your family on that vacation and you pay bills instead. Personally, I’d like to buy a hotel on Park Avenue and rake in the cashola while someone else manages the place. Sounds like the perfect Monopoly to me. Just don’t make me compare Apples to Apples or play Pictionary. No one can draw right. If life has to be a board game it should be fun, where everyone is laughing and joking around and having a blast! What game are you playing right now?
No matter what the specific situation is, in order to get through to what really matters, what you really want; you have to get to the essence of the situation. Look past the demands of the situation you’re in, forget about the failures and mistakes; what do you need to do to be the ultimate person who does what you do? It’s usually not what you think. Learn to look past appearances, and see what the true essence of your job is. Go to the tiny details and work your way back up. Your job isn’t just about making money. You have to figure out specifically how you earn that money. The important point is creating values and helping others, so that they buy your service or product, and then you in turn get paid when that happens. But it’s no longer the boring stuck in a rut, ho hum routine. Now you are excited about what you’re doing because you’re helping others by bringing them value. Most people don’t like worrying about the tiny details, but it’s those tiny details that make you shine and stand out. It’s those tiny details that really make your job work the way it is supposed to. It’s all those tiny details that no one else wants to do, and because you do them, you do better at your job and end up making more money. And no one needs to know that you’ve found out the secret. It’s you’re very own little secret of success. You just have to be motivated enough to get to the essence and find out the tiny details of your job.