Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Juggling



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.
So of course I'm in the middle of four right now!

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!

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like a productive life to me - good luck on all your writing endeavors!

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  2. Thanks Nancy...It's exhausting! I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I have right now, but I have to say, I feel pulled in a million directions at all times!

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  3. Our last child didn't leave home until I was 63. Then after three years of an empty nest our oldest son and his family moved in with us. Fortunately, we live separate lives, but the responsibility of a family takes a huge amount of time. Yours will get easier...maybe. :)

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    1. The family home sure looks different now than it used to, and you sure have a lot of good company in the world of Adult-kids-who-returned! I have many, many friends who have had to do this for a lot of reasons.

      As for my family...the girls have both said they never, ever want to move out--except the oldest does want to live in a dorm for a while before she comes back, lol!

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  4. Better to be busy writing, Traci! Granted, too many projects at once is stressful, but I'd rather be writing than doing anything else. And writing is so much fun--especially now that my girls are away at college!

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    1. Writing is great fun! I have to agree. The only think I enjoy as much as writing is marketing. (Call me a weirdo!) Today is school "Thanksgiving" so I get to split my time today between driving the kids around eating two turkey plates (one with each kid) and signing papers on my hubby's new truck. ;) Fun day, but little time to write!

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