Where does the time go?

Confession: I’ve not made much progress this week. Correction I have made progress on only one or two goals and the others have fallen to the ground with a crash. Is there a reason for this? Maybe, not sure it’s a good reason. I’m easily distracted. At the moment I’m focused on finishing a project and getting it ready for the world. That takes time. Write. Edit. Re-write. Edit. Beta readers. Editor. Edit again.

The life of a writer isn’t just writing. Not anymore. Now the writer is also publicist. Once the project is ready for the world, if you self-publish you have to format it. Finally, you create blurbs and look for outlets to promote it.

If that wasn’t enough, I just started a newsletter and the first issue will be out very soon. My birthday is in a few days and Mardi Gras ends in one week. I haven’t been to a parade yet! Sigh!

I have to be honest. I only work on writing related activities for a few hours each day. I have a job and children that take up the rest of my time. Yes, I use that as an excuse even when I had time and wasted it…reading. The point is, my goals are lopsided.

Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church.  Goal this week attend two workout classes and one day on treadmill.  I haven’t been to gym yet. I do have a class tonight. I don’t think I will make it to class on Thursday. Daughter #2 is playing in the school “rock” band Thursday morning. I’m not missing that.
-Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week. Check! I just finished The Cat Who Came in off The Roof. It was a cute fun read. I tried to read another book, but tossed it aside. I just started I am Number Four.
-Edit book 2 in my mystery seriesNada! I’m tossing this goal for now.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. I’ve sent the MS to another beta reader. still with beta reader.
-Institute Meatless Monday. Mostly meatless. I made stir-fry with a little leftover pork.
-Keep up with the local Critique Group.  No progress here.
-At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted. No progress here.

Edit/publish Coffee. I’ve written a blurb and tweaked my bio. I also have the front matter together. I need to reread it and make sure I have all the edits taken care of. I also need to format it. YUK!

I’m okay with the slow progress. I hate to exercise and actively look for reasons not to go to the gym. Here’s a fun little video. This is how I feel at the gym 🙂

How did you do this week?

-CK

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6 thoughts on “Where does the time go?

  1. It is tough to find enough hours in the day to get it all done. But family should come first and they are never an excuse. As you admitted, maybe your goals are lopsided and you just need to find that happy balance between work, family and writing. You’ll figure it out.

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  2. Personally, I think that any time a writer spends reading isn’t wasted time. Doesn’t matter if that reading is related to the writing (and sometimes it’s better if it isn’t).

    My last two weeks were full of a short story I needed to have ready by the end of January, to meet a contest deadline. Most everything else writing-related got set aside. There was room for my family, of course, and hometending, but not much else.

    Still, I found time to read fairly extensively at my favorite fan fiction site. I found a writer I admire, and just kept on going.

    That might seem like a time waste, but it actually gave me a little space from my own project, so that my subconscious mind could go ahead and do its thing. I’m convinced that I would have had fewer epiphanies, and a poorer story, without indulging in that need to read the writing of someone who spins a tale well. I absorbed something from it that isn’t quantifiable, but which lingered when I went back to my own piece.

    I’ve also found that I have periods of massive creativity, and others when I need an incredible amount of input for my busy brain to chew up and compost. Other times are more balanced. Likewise, sometimes I need to focus on only one or two projects, and others I’m flitting like a hummingbird from here to there to somewhere else. Of course, those are the extremes – most of the time, I cycle through a few of my many goals at a time, in a more or less orderly fashion.

    I’ve learned to ride the waves, and trust in myself. I hope you can, too – and that you get to a parade before all is said and done. =)

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  3. Hey, you also posted your Weds check-in for Row80! Kudos to you (as I’m further behind). Maybe that process of slimming down the goals will help reduce goal-clutter? It’s Mardi Gras here, and we don’t even know if there IS a parade! Hope you get at least one in to catch a few beads and celebrate. Keep pushing the river on the editing. I hope those beta comments will be helpful. Do you have a marketing checklist? Even if I don’t, I find setting a goal of carrying out 1 or 2 specific steps will help. Have a great week!

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  4. not an excuse just a reason:) I share the feeling on exercise, to manage it I actively walk up and down every aisle of the supermarket as fast as I can – dont have time to linger so don’t get tempted so much – even if I only have a few things to buy.!

    all the best with the next week take care:)

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