Last Day To Get Your Easter Eggs To Me! And Some Other Thoughts
I need your Easter eggs by midnight tonight. So if you haven’t gotten them to me yet, don’t forget. Deadline is fast approaching. I will announce the winner of the Kindle Fire as well as winners of signed copies of The Catalyst on the 18th. Thanks to everyone who has participated in or shared this contest. I hope you had fun hunting Easter eggs and that it helped you re-immerse in the Pretverse gearing up for book 3! (The Catalyst)
In other news, and this is probably boring me rambling/thinking aloud so feel free to skim it or click away LOL. But I’ve been thinking about how I stress myself out and overschedule myself. The truth is I can’t write fast enough to share all the books I have to share (for both pen names). And I have other things waiting in the wings… I have a book/series about rational spirituality I want to write under yet another pen name… if/when I ever find the time. It’ll be basically a practical guide to help someone design/create a spiritual framework/narrative that works for them and fulfills two goals: is logical/makes sense to them and is mentally healthy for them.
I see a trend where people are moving away from organized religion but they still have the same “ultimate questions” about life. It’s good and honest to say ‘we don’t know’, but some of us still like a narrative/framework, so I’m currently working on a book that will hopefully help people who are looking to figure out how to create their own personal spirituality that doesn’t require followers/adherents or anybody else to “agree with them”.
And then I definitely want to write some YA dystopians because I have several ideas for that sort of thing. And you know… where the hell is all the time coming for all of that?
But where I am right now… it’s sort of this panic trying to get more and more done. So I don’t rest enough or when I do, it’s not “planned” rest… so basically I’m just exhausted and slack off for a few days. In reality, I needed that break, but because in my head I was “supposed to be writing”, I feel like a lameass who can’t do the SIMPLEST job on the planet: Making shit up. I mean… come on… it’s not digging ditches.
I think, though, if I plan my work schedule around my life and give myself breaks that I’ll actually be more productive. So right now the plan is as follows: (I know I know, this excites and thrills you.)
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: Full work days. By full work days I mean 8 hours of work. half of that in writing/editing time and half of it in marketing/other work.
Thursday/Friday: These are Miles/Lisa days so I can’t “also” work a full day. But I could do 2-4 hours (depending on energy levels after running after a 3 year old all day) of writing/editing work on those days.
Saturday/Sunday: Off. Because that’s when Tom is off and it’s hard to write on the weekends when everybody else is out and about.
So that is the plan. You can wake up from your nap now. I’m going to try it for the rest of this month to see how I feel about it and re-evaluate on the 30th based on how productive I am working like this.