I must confess to being a little…anxious.
I have three-and-a-half days left at my old job, and next Monday I start up again as a proofreader, which makes me nervous. Not so much the bit about starting at a new office or any of that – more the bit about how I will be the only proofreader at a pretty decently sized advertising company. I think there’s going to be a lot of work, and I worry about my ability to draw lines and not burn myself out. That is going to be a challenge: saying no, putting work to bed at a decent hour, and stemming the tide.
On top of this, I sat down on Sunday to assess what will need to get done for the wedding in about hour months. You guys, there were LISTS. Lists on top of lists. Bullet points with subpoints about the subpoints. WHY DIDN’T I ELOPE, BLOGOSPHERE?
So I, at the moment, am trying to breathe, to remember that I am only one person and there is only so much I can do on any given day. This will be the mantra for the next couple of months, in fact.
Hello. My name is Becks. I am only one person. There is only so much I can accomplish in a day. Today might not be your day. Tomorrow may not either.
What I’m most worried about is that all this zaniness will cause my writing life to fall by the wayside. I’ve let it happen before – I really don’t want it to happen again. And yet, I haven’t gotten a lot done with the plotting of the new book, BIG BEN, and that’s mostly my fault. I want to start drafting in July, and that month is awfully close. It’s pulling faces at me from behind bushes and around corners, taunting me. *shakes fist at July*
It’s going to take a certain amount of focus and moxie to push back, draw lines and compartmentalize my life so that I do my job and still get to do the things I love. Like writing and encouraging all of you to write. Like spending time with The Man watching Burn Notice and Warehouse 13 and odd, Scottish dark fantasy movies that he stumbles across. This is my challenge, people. I hope I am up to it.
On a side note, I have a couple of future plans for blog posts I’m throwing out there, one of which is to feature well-done self-published/independent books that are out there. I’m wading through it so you don’t have to! I’m just a little sick of all the in-fighting between traditional and non-traditional routes to publishing and choose instead to be maddeningly positive about books, no matter how they’re distributed – so long as they’re good.
It’s a big sandbox, people. Everyone can play.
Also, I officially have 22 subscribers to this blog, which is 22 more than I ever thought would be interested in what I have to say. (The number in the right sidebar says 364, but they lump Twitter and blog followers together.) So I’m thinking giveaway. What do people like to see in giveaways?
- Critiques? (Either of queries or chapters)
- Books? (Probably already-out books since I don’t have a lot of ARCs)
- Something else?
And finally, if you haven’t already, go sign up for July #writemotivation over on K.T. Hanna‘s blog. It’s seriously no obligation – just a great way to meet and bond with other writers, both when your story is going awesome and when it’s being a total bastard.
Now, if you’ll please excuse me…I need some ibuprofin.