Given the CHAOTIC week I just survived trying to crank through my copyedits, I've been thinking a LOT about balance lately. Most specifically: HOW will I make time for everything I need to do without letting anyone down and/or snapping-and-running-around-with-manic-hair-and-wild-eyes-and-scaring-small-children????
(Which *might* be a tad counterproductive being that I'm a children's writer and all.)
Seriously, I don't know how some authors do it. I don't have kids, I don't have a day job, and I am SLAMMED. (Mind you, my schedule has some SUPER insane things going on that I'm probably not supposed to reveal yet--but STILL) It. is. DAUNTING.
And while the awesome Jen Rofe (an agent friend of mine--ABLA FTW!) has been giving me some excellent tips on making "winning" to do lists and setting priorities and stuff, (btw, Jen will actually be interviewed on my blog tomorrow--make sure you stop by!!!) I still can't help feeling like there's this MOUNTAIN of things to do and clearly not enough hours between now and the release of my book to do them all.
But... I'm starting to realize that that's okay.
I'm pretty sure there ARE going to be things I don't have time for, and that it's not going to necessarily be so much about juggling and trying not to drop balls as it will be about learning which ones to set down for a moment and pick back up when I can.
Like last week, for example. I HATE taking blogging breaks. (I miss you guys!) But... it had to be done. So I set that ball down and picked it back up again this week when I had the chance. And when something else gets thrown at me that I need to make time for, I'll set it down again.
So I guess the point I'm trying to make (because really, I DO have a point) (at least I think I do) (my brain IS pretty tired after all those copyedits) is that the next year is going to be a lot of... "figuring it all out."
I've never launched a series before--and I have NO idea what I'm doing. So I'm just going to do the best I can, and hope it's enough. And THANK YOU in advance for bearing with me. My email response time may get a little slower and I may occasionally miss days of blogging (or swap in some guest posts or something...) But I will always pick things back up again as soon as I can.
It's going to be stressful. It's going to be crazy. But I have a feeling it's also going to be pretty darn awesome. So I hope you'll stick around to watch it all unfold.
(if nothing else "the crazy" should be pretty entertaining to watch)