I thought it would be ok to take my computer and go work at a Soho café on Sunday. Well, it was nice to change neighborhood and to see new people, but as for working, I should probably forget it.
It was small and crowded, with great coffee, though.
I even tried two or three others in the area, packed with people having the same idea.
What do I exactly look for?
A comfortable café with a lot of space, half filled customers. So that you can amuse yourself with other people but they aren’t too many and noisy to completely distract you from whatever you are doing.
A place which is not a well-known chain but something more personalised.
So I went to the Foyle’s café on the 5th floor of the homonymous bookstore.
I tried to wake up at 6.00 for the last two days in order to be more productive with my writing and I have felt sleepy and moody for the rest of the day. I just wonder if I should stick to it or if I should go back to my old rhythm.
You see, the thing is I have become more productive but not much happier. And if I don’t find a way to be both, this is not going to last.
The main thing is I like to start my day day-dreaming. This is my best spot.
So working early and night-dreaming or daydream?
Both I guess.
Daydreaming is number one for a writer. And night-dreaming.
Then I can go back to my other writing.
I want to feel every day that I can change the world with my writing and my thoughts.
BECAUSE BEING A WRITER IS CHANGING THE WORLD STARTING FROM OUR OUR OWN!
here I am again, with a considerable amount of work, unanswered mails, a book plan pending and a group of people who thought my last presentation sucked.
How do I turn this around?
“Whatever you think, think the opposite”!
This is the advice of the day.
So I have some work I love and I am on top of it, everybody loves and admires my presentation, and what is more, I have an artistic portfolio that has substance and a book that is practically finished.
Glory and wealth awaits in the next corner, and YES, the World will be saved from itself!
I have observed a lady-bug this weekend and I might need both your help and hers: I need a major breakthrough and I feel that I have been stagnating for a while. The part-time job I have taken over is taking more than part of my time and writing a new book has been delayed.
And what is more, I faced challenges from my new boss and clients.
How can I turn the situation around?
By focusing on what is really important to me?
I have had a kind of inhibition as a writer because I didn’t try to publish a lot of my work from fear of criticism.
Now, it is time to act.
So I start by checking out potential publishing houses.
I am still in front of my desk with my eyes kind of aching after all these words I have been reading, writing, erasing, rewriting.
Actually I admit I have a publishing fear: I am writing, and then I don’t really show my work to the publishers I could have. Especially in the world contacted. Especially when it comes to writing a project for my other activity, the artistic project organization, I seem to feel overwhelmed: I still have on my mind the words of my critics, it doesn’t make sense, it is not well written, it is … not publishable for the brochure of the exhibition… you’d better stick to contact the catering… who do you think you are, the curator?
Just to make a long story short.
The thing is, I have dared to publish a book. But I went to find a publisher in my French village, probably hoping no one will find about it.
At least none of my Parisian, high brow critics.
I am a great performer, so I dare to explain things in meetings.
But when it comes to writing the text, there is something in the form that doesn’t fit the gallery’s standards.
I decided to change that.
I will sent as many projects as possible. They will wonder how on earth I found the time.
will I drag my body to the gym today? Outside it is raining, and I am in front of an office with a bar of chocolate. Is my will strong enough?
I still have a few hours before the place closes down. Ok, yesterday it was a holiday, this morning I had to go grocery shopping… and then start working on my book…
When there is a will there is a way, a wise person has said… but is there? I have enrolled to the gym already, Brian gave me a ‘tour guide’ and I admired the facilities and the place… I also bought myself a fitness suit.
Well, I also have other objectives for the day, for example to walk about 12000 steps a day. Not to mention reading, writing and research funding, …
And Yes, the presentation of my first book took place in my village of the South of France, at the local bookstore!
It has been a big local hit: 55 books were sold on the spot!
Ok, half of them went to aunts and uncles, former boyfriend of the time I was 8 year’s old; others to former neighbours who were curious to see if they would learn something about my personal life all these years far from the cafe and the village church. After all, I am a village celebrity 🙂
And yes, it is practically a self published book because if I sell the 200 books we have edited I will end up with a profit of 200 euros.
But it meant a lot to publish in my mother tongue first and to do it there where my life started. Even if at my little village -we call it small town- there are also those who forced me to get out and seek adventure in the wide world.
Now I feel kind of exhausted at my village café. It feels like, whaou, there were about 100 people there who seemed to be interested in whatever I have produced. Even if I have my blog-friends who are there with their inspiring comments, it is great to have humans with flesh and blood being present.
The next step is to see if they enjoy it as much as I did writing it!