Acute Hyperprojectemia

A neglected premise of this blog is that my thoughts about writing, publishing and business are worthwhile because I actually make money selling e-books independently. I plan to push on that theme a little harder in 2013, and publish more posts about a life in e-business. Starting with this one.

For years I worked on in my so-called “spare time,” slowly creating a huge (> 1M words) resource website and ebookstore whenever I wasn’t working with massage therapy clients (the day job). It’s a bit of a miracle it got off the ground in those conditions, but it’s amazing what a workaholic insomniac can accomplish. But time was so tight that I delayed many heftier business improvement projects until 2010, when I was finally able to quit massage and go to work full-time on the website.

I had barely started using my freedom from a day job to tear into that project list when my wife had her epic accident while travelling in Asia in February. That alarming experience derailed and delayed virtually everything I had been dreaming of doing with my business for years, and the effects spilled over well into 2011. And so by the fall of 2011 I had acute hyperprojectemia: a suffocating pile-up of neglected projects. (Symptoms may include profit, higher taxes, and incorporation. As well as anxiety, night terrors, frustrated idealism, and going prematurely gray.) I did my best to wrap my head around the result of years of good intentions, and produced a Master List of Projects to Finally Get Serious About in 2012.

So what did I actually accomplish? Only about 20% of what I planned … and at least two huge projects that weren’t even on the radar:

And that’s roughly what I got done in 2012. (That and about 20,000–30,000 words of new articles, chapters, science summaries and more.) It doesn’t look much like what I planned, but it’s not bad I suppose. What’s left? What’s next? Well, lots

And then there’s diversification: completely independent writing projects, like a mini-biography about quitting massage therapy in a poopstorm of legal controversy, and a science fiction novel.

And that’s just off the top of my head.

Almost every outstanding project has been on my mind for at least five years, which feels pretty oppressive. But, on the (very) bright side, my business is also healthy enough to finance any project I choose. I “just” have to decide what’s most important … and start.