Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG - The Great Juggling Act

 


Good gravy, the time is flying, but seemingly blending all into one day all at the same time. Anyway, happy September. A new month means a new IWSG blog post.

A lot is still going on in the world and that won’t be slowing down anytime soon. I’m easily distracted on a good day, but now…the struggle is real on the daily. Most of you that have been around this blog for a while know that I’m a mom, and here in Georgia school is back in session. We started with digital, but today, one of my boys returned to in person school.

That’s two separate balls in the air.

We are just getting into the swing of things with digital learning and now there’s a kink in the plan. I have to make sure the one kid returning (we’re doing a phase in based on grade level here) has what he needs and is prepared to be in school again. Meanwhile I have to stay on top of the younger one, and help as much as I can with the oldest boy who is also taking college classes this year.

The one child I have that is graduated college and out of the house full on adulating just found out she may be moving cross country for her job.

Another ball in the air.

I want her to go out and see the world, but at the same time, especially now with the unrest in the world, I want her home. It’s bad enough she’s already in another state, now she’s about to be farther away. *cue sad face* But we have to help her figure out logistics and cost to get from point A to point B.

So I have family life I’m juggling on top of the writer related balls.

Writing

Marketing

Editing

The dreaded, dreaded editing. LOL

There is always so much going on that I feel like I’m half-assing the writing portion most days. Yes, I carve out time for at least the writing and editing on an as needed basis, but that marketing ball I drop more than anything. Some days it feels like too much and I’m simply a hamster on a wheel, running, running, running and never getting anywhere.

Multiple times a day I mutter about winning the lotto so I can give at least the marketing ball away. I figure I have a better chance of winning than my books earning enough and that is given the fact that I don’t even play the lotto.

I have a support group (2 actually) but sitting down and thinking about everything that is needed of me and what has to be done, it gets overwhelming. Plus I write romance and it’s not always easy to get into the mood for love and hope, and sexy times. But at the same time I don’t want to be too lax on myself. I’ve done that before and now that I have some sort of rhythm to my madness, I am worried about letting that slip.

So to keep from having all the balls tumble down around me, my motto is just breathe. My writing buddies and I have to keep reminding each other of this.

Some days that is easier to do than others when I want to get so much done and seemingly get none. Even trying to figure out what to write for this post was like a “gah” moment because what did I have to say?

At the end of the day, I have to do what I can and hope for the best.

I think I’ve rambled on long enough. I’m just kinda blah and aimless currently and trying to keep my head above water.

Hopefully next month will be a more coherent post. LOL

Until next time

~Meka


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.

The awesome co-hosts for the September 2 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner, Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi, Natalie Aguirre, and Louise - Fundy Blue!



4 comments:

  1. Editing is always a struggle for me, too! Don't forget to breathe -- but I remember a long time ago, another author who reminded us to remember to shower, too! Ha ha!

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  2. I'm sorry. That is a lot to handle. Hope your daughter isn't going too far west. What Deniz said - don't forget to breathe.

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  3. I like your attitude. Do what you can. I'm sure you ARE doing your best. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  4. Keeping that marketing ball in the air is really tough when a lot if going on and we're stressed. I've had to toss it up really high because of recent releases, but I'm looking forward to letting it fall for a while.

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