In a holding pattern until July 1

Filed under: Daily Life Jun 11, 2011

I’ll let you in on a little secret ~ some days I just don’t feel like writing.

Lately it’s been hard for me to get up the energy and find the time to work on my stories. Between publishing and all that entails (cover art, edits, and formatting three e-books a week and four print books a month) and the dreaded day job, I usually find myself too tired at the end of the day to work on anything other than my beauty sleep. Part of the reason I’m leaving my day job is specifically because I don’t have enough time to write any more.

I used to write in the mornings before going to work. Now those two hours are filled with answering e-mails, creating cover art or e-book files, working on print layouts, etc, etc. Then it’s the office for eight hours, and not a moment more if I can help it. But the day wears me down to the point where I’m so sleepy when I get home, so I nap in the evenings after watching Family Guy on Fox (I’m not a huge fan of the show ~ if they replaced the weekday episode with American Dad, I would be much happier because I think it’s funnier). If I’m lucky, I wake up from the nap rejuvenated enough to write for an hour or so. If I’m not lucky, I crawl from the couch to the bed and call it a night.

You’d think weekends would be better. You’d be wrong. I spend a good portion of my days off from the day job trying to catch up on everything I didn’t get done during the week ~ and I don’t mean just on the publishing horizon, either. I have to run to the grocery and pet stores, to my mail box, to the post office, to Costco … and given the heat of the summer that’s already here, I come home exhausted and nap yet again. I swear, if there were an Olympic event for sleeping, I’d take home to gold, no contest.

I know the first week of July will be spent adjusting to my new, “no day job” schedule. I’ll have to learn to tell people I’m self-employed when they ask what I do for a living, instead of telling them I don’t work. I’ll have to catch up on all the website improvements I’ve been meaning to make for months now, not just to my blog or writing site but to the JMS Books web store, as well. And I’ll have to adjust my sleeping schedule if my crazy cat doesn’t stop crying at the door in the middle of the night.

But I also hope to get back to writing on a regular basis. Not just here and there, and not just on short stories, either. I want to get back to novels ~ I have two in various stages of disrepair, both of which I stopped after writing more than 25,000 words, both of which I hope to finish this year. I have several other projects up my sleeve ~ nonfiction writing books, for instance, which will be a fun diversion for me. I have print collections to compile, and shorter stories I started which I want to wrap up at some point.

I have a lot on my plate. I just hope I can find the energy to do it all once I finally have the time.


1 Comment

  • 1. Dusk Peterson  |  June 12, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Hurrah to you for taking the plunge into self-employment. I know what you mean about the difficulties of balancing writing and publishing. I find that I have to set aside separate periods for those two tasks.


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