Is it a bad thing to upload the paperback version of your book while on Highway 50?
Only if your book is a dud.
But if your book is a success, then it was a brilliant idea to challenge the status quo and work on your book formatting in Amazon while winding up a mountain highway with spotty cell service on your tourist SIM card, powering your low-battery laptop and hoping it will upload before we lose all connectivity.
They ask you on talk shows how you made it all happen and you reply that “I stop at nothing. Even being on the highway in the middle of moving boxes and cleaning out cupboards I get my paperback version uploaded.”
Of course I care about quality. But I also believe in story. The “story” of me uploading my book while on a mountain road shows my persistence and passion and … patience with what I’m doing.
I’m serious, but I’m light. I’m determined, but I’m flexible. I’m the storm but I’m lightning.
This is Play
I have an entire section of the book called “Play.” I’m too experienced and mature to take myself too seriously. Although I’m “serious” about my writing and want it to be the best it can be, I can also laugh at the process and goof around on the highway and format the paperback version while my sister drives and we talk about a simple cheeseburger versus the Double Double at In-N-Out. Important stuff.