After I finish a manuscript and switch to something else, I feel like I’m not accomplishing anything. I have to remind myself there is more to life than writing.
Sunday, I spent the day listening to an audio book and going through the stack of coupons. Since my stack was so large, it took me most of the morning to go through them. I got the three piles done (one for me, one for my middle daughter, and one for my Atlanta daughters). I talked to my middle daughter for a bit to sooth her pre-test nerves.
Ken came home from helping his sister with a car that wouldn’t start and we had lunch. I worked on a throw and finally finished it last night about 8:30. I started another crochet project but realized I had done the first row wrong so I have to tear it out and start over. I like the pattern, I just got the count wrong – at least that’s my hope because otherwise the pattern is screwy. It’s a new book so it could be the pattern but I’ll try the first row again tonight.
I’m still listening to Obsession in Death. I’m up to chapter 13 and enjoying it. Robb does a good job in drawing in the reader and even though this is the 40th book in the series, it is still an interesting story.
I have editing to do. I’m trying not to think about writing so I don’t get more manuscripts to edit but the third book in the Defenders is calling to me. I know what the next two or three scenes will be. I just need time to write them. However, I also want to make sure I get the editing done. I’m juggling again, juggling projects for both writing and crocheting.
Often I feel like I have too many things to do and not enough time to do them. That is when I remind myself it will all get done in time. I have to remember to not be too hard of a boss to myself. I get annoyed when I know I should do things – like marketing – and find myself opting to do things I know I like more – like writing. It is a matter of balance.
I hesitate to use the word normal because I don’t consider myself normal but I guess I could qualify it as normal for me.
This week has been busy with work and writing. I’m neck deep in a manuscript (Wayfarer 7) and working towards finishing it. I’m also attempting to get some editing done which thinking of all the aspects of all the novels related to whatever I’m editing. Since one is a prequel to Wayfarer, this means I have to keep in mind all the things that have happened in the books since and how they relate to the prequel. I’ve also got a murder mystery novel to edit and the first edits (search and replace) for the sixth Wayfarer novel.
Edits inevitably lead to the need for a cover. I have the prequel one done and will be doing an event to share the cover. I worked with TJ Jahns to get the cover going on the murder mystery. I’m hoping she will come back with a cover for me to use. It still leaves me with a cover to make for Wayfarer 6 which I still don’t have a title for yet but I’m working on it. I have one in my head, I just have to think it over and decide if I like it.
I started one of the crochet projects I need to get done. I’ve got the new JD Robb book Obsession in Death to listen to so I may take a break (once I’m done with 7) and listen to that while I work on the crochet project.
This weekend I’m working on taxes for people and helping my uncle with some paperwork. It promises to be busy and possibly frustrating. I was going to work on my own taxes but then I got notified that two or three of the forms I got were wrong. I believe I will get the corrected forms next week – I hope so at least.
To do list – marketing of Wayfarer (on sale)
finish writing Wayfarer 7
Editing three manuscripts
Crochet gifts – student workers, wedding, baby, Virginia’s afghan
Read new JD Robb
Taxes for people and paperwork for my uncle.
These are just the things I need to do by Saturday or Sunday. I hope I can get them all done. Ken’s back home so I’m less productive though he is very understanding and gives me lots of time and space to do what I need to. Still I sort of like spending time with my husband. Seems like if he’s around and in the house, I could maybe spend some time with him.
Oh and I have season 5 of Downton Abbey. I wanted to watch it this next weekend but I don’t think that’s going to happen. If I get all of my to do list done maybe I can do it next weekend. I can work on crocheting while I watch.