- Publish The Bad Death
- Launch The Bad Death, following a marketing plan that includes guest blogging, giveaways, and social media contests
- Submit House of the Apparently Dead to beta readers
The "why, how, and what's-it-like" of taking a creative sabbatical?
Why. I became frustrated with time constraints preventing me from writing more often and writing more volume. In addition to working full time I was writing an hour or two several nights a week and a marathon session on Saturdays, marketing my writing, learning how to market better, working out, keeping house, and doing the occasional community or social event. You know, life. I find it hard always changing focus. I began to feel that the quality of what I wrote suffered from a lack of continuity. I wanted one focus. I wanted to wake up every morning and work on the story. Doing that for a year will help prevent regrets when I'm old and gray(er).
How. I cashed a portion of a retirement plan. This is where Suze Orman takes a moment to bitch slap me into next week. I know, I know. But in addition to having a bigger retirement plan that I left untouched, I had factors in my favor to begin with:
- No dependents
- Low mortgage
- Good health
- Researched and consulted an accountant
- Saved up an emergency fund
- Saved a separate fund for taxes/penalties on early withdrawal
- Created a budget at the reduced monthly "salary" and tested its feasibility
- Added a Critical Illness policy to my insurance, to the fullest payout in case disaster strikes
- Took a year's leave of absence from work; I didn't quit!
Am I crazy? I 'll letcha know later how things turn out. For now, reference above statement about regrets in old age. One regret is dying broke under a bridge. I believe with self-discipline and sacrifice I can rebound and prevent it. Dying creatively unfulfilled? I could go to Hell for that.
Have you ever thought of doing something like this? I'd love to hear from you in a comment!