Crispy Around the Edges: A Glance at the Future

I don’t know what the deal is, but I have never heard the phrase “If you want something done, ask a busy person” repeated so often as the last month or so. Maybe it’s an indicator of how busy we all are at the moment. The idea seems somewhat self-evident: the busier you are, the more likely you are to complete new projects. I’m learning, however, that this isn’t always true: I’m busy, but as new projects are thrown at me, I just feel like I’m going out of my mind.

I’ve mentioned before that the holiday season coincides with an uptick in business on my Amazon Marketplace store, along with social obligations and an increased workload as we try to get year-end projects cleared out. It’s doubly true this year, as I’ve received some very high-profile projects. Don’t get me wrong, I’m honored to have been chosen, as it means that I’m seen as the kind of person who will get these jobs done with a high level of quality, but it’s also meant an increased workload both in the office and out of the office as well as a higher level of stress.

It’s also meant that writing blog entries is no longer as easy as it once was. I typically use these entries as a warm-up, but these days I hit the ground running and write catch-as-catch-can during breaks or lunch. Book marketing sounds like a fine idea that I’m trying to squeeze in, but I’m trying to focus on Room 3. Thankfully, Room 3 is my refuge, and is going rather well, though the writing itself is far behind the dictation, which is now pretty much at the halfway point. I’ve set a solid schedule with milestones along the way that should help me get the book completed and out the door by mid-April, a few weeks before my wedding, God and luck willing.

Given my busyness over the last few months, I’ve come to realize that a project plan is essential to getting a book finished on time. I’ll try to write something up on how I’ve built my project plan soon. Thankfully, the book itself is one of those things that I know is well on its way, so long as I dictate the chapters with regularity. That dictation during my long drives has been something of a sanity valve, so I’m in no danger of falling behind on that front.

All this is a roundabout way of saying that I’m contemplating whether to cut back on blog posts. I’m not sure what a future like that looks like right now – I think it would mean three posts a week, but it’s strongly ingrained in me at the moment to write a daily post, at least Monday through Saturday.

The problem is that I can’t help but think that the time – and wordcount – that goes into the blog could be going into the book itself or a short story. Then again, I would take away the steady discipline of working on this blog.

So I’m not sure. I’m just feeling some burn-out, at least by the end of each day. We’ll see where this goes.

Oh, and I would like to see if anybody’s interested in beta reading Room 3. I have a few already, but I figure more input wouldn’t hurt. I’m looking for someone who typically reads paranormal romance, as the novel has some elements of the genre involved, as well as a horror writer, as some horror elements have crept in as well. Beta readers get their name in the acknowledgments as well as a free copy of the final edition. So if you’re interested, let me know – right now I’m looking to get it out to readers by 1/24.

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  1. I understand how you are feeling. It is totally up to you of course but cutting back on doing your blog does not make you a bad person. We all have to do what is best at the time. Do what you need to do in order to stay sane and with us. I’ll still be here when you come back.

    • Thanks, Lynn. 🙂 I think I’ve figured out the answer – some days I’ll have “quick-hit” entries, and other days I’ll write out the longer posts to which I’ve become accustomed. That way I can balance things out.

  2. Interested in Beta reading? More like would be very honored to do so, although probably not until after the Christmas holiday. If you’re still looking for someone then, let me know!

    Congrats on the upcoming nuptials! Mr. Aniko and I have been married 10.5 years, mostly because we got married in our early twenties, but at least in some part because what we have works. You’re going to have fun!!

    As far as blogging less… I’ll miss you! That said, I (and I bet every other full-time-job-having, relationship-having, novel-writing reader) will understand why you need to reapportion your writing time. Go for it!

    • Awesome, Aniko! Thanks. I think you’d make a great beta reader. I won’t have anything ready until close to the end of January, so you’re in the clear for now. I’ll get in touch with you when the time gets closer.

      Thank you! I’ve actually been married once before, but I was so young that this might as well be the first time. We’re doing a wedding in Vegas, so it should be a lot of fun.

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