I can't juggle. Metaphorically or literally.
I sometimes forget meetings.
I drop balls.
I miss appointments now and again.
I forget to take my gingko supplements.
The only effective technique I've come across in this attention deficit, multi-tasking-obsessed world, is to keep my obligations to a minimum.
As mom/taxi-driver I go to one field trip per kid per year and help out at class parties. Regular, weekly help is too much for me to commit to. I also try to be helpful when I go to extra curricular stuff at school. Plus, I usually get my kids to school on time, and I've remembered to pick them up every day this year.
As a wife and housekeeper I always say thank you after Daniel does the dishes!
And as a writer, I don't seek out deadline based jobs, and I try to stick to one project at a time.
|The almost-ready cover.|
Hearts to God, a historical romance in the Sarah Price Amish Fiction collection is coming out around Thanksgiving.
The third Plain Jane is inches away from heading to an editor.
I've got a solid start on a short story for an anthology that I'm really, really excited about.
And last, but not least, I have a little something non-fiction going on. I expect I'll be working on that one for most of the year, but it might be the book I'm most excited about.
I may wish that I could work on one project at a time to make life easier for myself, but with a non-fiction book that has traditional publishing dreams and a lot of research needs, I don't foresee simple 2014!