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ROW Update 5/22/16

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an update. That’s because I didn’t want to bore you with saying “Editing for clients, no writing” a bunch of times. 🙂 I just finished up a BIG editing job and have a few more in the works.

I’ve GOT to set aside time to write. Whether it’s a certain time or a certain day, I have to do it. When I have a lot of editing jobs and have to make deadlines, it’s hard to justify making time for writing, but I need to do it.

In other news, I went to A Weekend with the Authors in Nashville. This was a great conference with a great mixture of authors and readers. We did “speed dating” with the readers, a plated lunch with the readers, and a couple of parties. There were other activities such as games and a couple of classes. Then we had a book fair/signing on Saturday afternoon. I sold more books here than any other conference. The thing I liked best about this conference was that we were all treated the same. Best selling authors and newbies all did the exact same things. There was no preferential treatment in any way, including which table you got at the book signing. This is a conference I want to return to next year.

Saturday, I’m going to go on vacation for a week. I’ll be in Panama City Beach. It’s been three years since I’ve been. My husband was out of work a lot for medical reasons in the past three years, so we’re just now (barely) able to afford the vacation again. I can’t wait! I’ll probably do some editing and writing while I’m there, but not a lot. It’s about NOT working. 🙂

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I can’t even remember the last time I did my Sunday check-in on Sunday. I rarely do any business related stuff on Sunday since it’s a time for family, and I consider this business. I had some time this morning before church, so I thought I would post ON TIME. 🙂

I’ve had to reevaluate everything lately. I’m so behind on so much. I realized I haven’t even given Kait an inspirational post for ROW80 yet. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and wonder how I’m going to do everything I need to do. I work a full time job and then do line editing in the evenings after work. I’ve taken on another church related activity which ties up most of my Tuesday nights. I have church on Sundays and Wednesdays. And right now, I have to come up with a costume for a writers’ conference I’m going to as well as table decorations for the book signing. There’s just SO MUCH. When in the world can I write?

Okay, so now I’m thinking…OTHER people are busy, too, right? How do they do it? Um…maybe by not wasting time doing unimportant stuff? I realize I do this. There are hours in the evenings I could be writing instead of doing other things. I think the only way I’m going to be able to keep this all up is to make myself a schedule and stick to it. (But give myself wiggle room if something comes up.) For instance, these are the hours and days I’ll edit, these are the hours and days I’ll write, etc. My editing clients have to come first because they pay me to do it. And I need the income from that. And right now, income from writing stinks. I’m hearing this from many authors. So clients are first priority. But I have to set aside time to write. I have two books in the works, one for each pen name, and I need to be working on them.

THEN I have to make sure I set aside SOME time for my husband. I think one of my biggest problems is that I feel guilty when I’m in my office working, and he’s in the living room watching TV. I feel like I need to be with him. I HAVE to find that proper balance. Work stuff, family stuff, church stuff.

I would love to hear thoughts and suggestions. What do y’all think about making a schedule? How do all of you juggle everything?

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