The Hit List - Writing a book while working full time
2018 was going to be a quieter year. That’s what I promised myself. Instead, it ended up being one of the hardest working years ever. Considering I’ve been at my game almost three decades, that’s saying a lot.

The reason why it was so intensely busy is because I signed on to write two books in a year. I thought it wouldn’t be too hard. After all, I was co-writing one of the books with my friend Shaheen Miro. And I had some content that I could use for the other book. 

In other words, I was cocksure.

I quickly learned that writing two books while working full time is not an easy feat. It means 12-hour days with no weekends off. No power walks, leisurely lunch dates, lounging about in pj’s or evenings out on the town whooping it up. My nose was firmly on the grindstone.

On occasion, I would read about someone who had the privilege of taking off for months at a time to write their books. These were people with well-to-do partners or parents or some other patron worrying about the bills. Oh, how I would have loved that! But that’s not the world I live in. 

And that’s the truth for many of us, whether we’re writing a book or running a full-time business – we have little choice in the matter. We have to grind away and find the time to do so. When you don’t have a fully funded bank account or another source of income, you have to make do. You have to work your ass off.

This may require sheer willpower, discipline, and trimming back on fun – or expenses. Maybe a combo of all of the above. It’s a commitment and if you want to get shit done, you have to really commit. A half-assed effort won’t do.

Even with this level of kicking ass, there can still be setbacks. Like the time Word ate my 60,000-word manuscript. If you want to know what it feels like to be devastated and freaked out, that’s one way to get there. But again: no time to cry – had to suck it up like a big girl and put it back together. My days got even longer around that time.

This is the reality for many of us. Writing a book is rarely glamorous. Neither is running your own business. Doing them both at the same time when you don’t have the luxury of a patron or big stash of cash to play with? Difficult AF. 

But when you’re committed to your craft, your work, your words, you don’t care. You just get in there, day by day, hour by hour, bit by bit, and get the job done. Then you rest.

Gosh, I love fall.

Other stuff:

I could watch this all day: This gay couple’s mindblowing first dance at their wedding shocked their guests.

Mary K. Greer wrote this brilliant piece on Position 9 in the Celtic Cross Spread.

I’m always curious about cults: What it’s like to grow up in a cult.

Here’s my November tarot draw for Honeysuckle Magazine.

The occult is having a moment. Companies want in, but not if witches can help it.

Yup: Why The Increase In Women’s Spaces Isn’t A Trend, It’s A Much-Needed Movement.

Excellent post from The AstroTwins and Stephanie Gailing about Mercury Retrograde’s Shadow – Prepare and Process.

Duh: Are Cats Psychic? An Investigation.

The end is near: The end of Game of Thrones: An exclusive report on the epic final season.

The doors for my popular Entrepreneurcast will open Monday. Get on the list so you don’t miss out – they sell out quickly!

They are going to renovate the Brady Bunch house: HGTV Unveiled Its Brady Bunch House Show — With No Lance Bass.

Inspiring: How a self-taught pastry chef in Alabama became one of the best in the nation.

Which tarot cards indicate healing?

Cool: Tarot-reading twins Alejandra and Zoë Villegas give Detroit the reading it needs now.

Loving this post on Damien Echols: Magick ‘saved my life’: the former death row inmate turned warlock. Did you get his new book, High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row, yet? You should.

Ooooh there is a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the Roehrig Tarot! I still have my original copy – glad someone is trying to bring this beauty back!

How Jennifer’s Body went from a flop in 2009 to a feminist cult classic today.

There’s a lot happening in the cosmos in November. Check out your horoscopes.

LOL: The future is ‘bullshit’: These satirical tarot cards poke fun at our hopeless tomorrows.

We’re still burning witches.

The last lesson in Star School has arrived: Chart interpretation basics and resources.

Cause you need to know: the 24 best chocolate shops in America.

Solid advice from Maddy Elruna: The first thing you need to be a Tarot Professional?

Bookmark this: Catherine Chapman of Tarot Elements has delivered the ultimate post on Timing Events Using Tarot and Astrology.

Rachel True does a live tarot reading.

6 Unforgettable Ru-Les From “GuRu” By RuPaul.

How Daylight Saving Time 2018 Ending Will Affect Each Zodiac Sign So You Can Be Prepared.

This looks interesting: Shamanism in the New Millennium.

Need: How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care.

Necessary reading: Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History.

From Gloria Edim: Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves.

Intriguing: The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life.

The Tarot Coloring Book: a fun exploration of tarot for all ages!

You can pre-order Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self & Transform the World now. 


What I’m Grateful For:

Things getting done

Competent people


Finding the courage to say “this isn’t good enough”

Fresh air 

Being able to breathe properly

Crisp notebooks


Soundtrack for 11/3/18:

Psycho Mode by Moneybagg Yo



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2018

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