This is an addendum to my previous post, really. I thought I was too burnt out from volunteering to do anything worthwhile tonight, but after two episodes of Star Trek (one Next Generation, one original series) I decided that I can’t binge watch Star Trek like I can Doctor Who and decided to Do Something, especially as I felt a bit less burnt out. After twenty-five minutes of Torah study, I decided to work on my Doctor Who book. Fortunately, the next chapter was a rather short one. I sat in the garden (my Dad’s cousins had gone) and worked on it for a while. I probably spent about an hour and a half on it overall; time seems to flow much faster and more painlessly when I’m writing.
That’s why I’m writing this addendum, really, to note that I am plotting a way to start writing more. I know that so far I have had trouble finding publishers, but I’m hoping to one day crack that, although worryingly I’m not entirely sure how. I think writing would be better for me as a career than my previous jobs, as depression and autism make the workplace fraught with difficulty for me. I think autistic people can often only work in highly specialised areas (IT is the classic one) and writing is the only one really open to me. I would definitely benefit from greater control over my work environment and working hours (I would be willing to work later if I could avoid early mornings, as my depression is typically worst in the morning and best in the afternoon and early evening). I’ve quietly been working more on my book. I am still applying for jobs and would accept one if I got one, but I’ve made sure to work a lot on my book and try to finish it ASAP. My self-imposed deadline is Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year – end of September this year), but if I can get it finished before then, that would be even better. I’m two thirds of the way through the fourth draft at the moment and I hope to start submitting it to publishers once I’ve got this draft finished.
I haven’t told my parents much about this yet. They know about the book, but I haven’t told them how much I am working on it and how much I’m hoping that I can make a career of writing. My Dad said that if I get a book published, then I can consider myself a writer, so I’m waiting until I have actually been published before I decide whether to stop the job search.