This post is more about writing than about shapeshifting – although, if I could shapeshift, too, that would complicate things further. Hmm. Maybe I should be grateful for that!
This is “one of those weeks”.
We all have weeks when everything pretty much needs to happen simultaneously, and this is one of them for me. It’s all good stuff, but it’s come in an avalanche, which means tapdancing time. Or juggling time.
For example, I have a book deadline – today – which I’ll miss by a smidgen, but I’m still after it. I had an onsale date for a new book – FALLEN was released yesterday – which necessitated all kinds of manic checking that everything was as it should be. (Maybe it wasn’t truly necessary, but it’s part of my routine. Check, check, check.) That release also led to a bunch of guest-blogging, a.k.a. more writing when I already have a whole bunch of writing to do. (And people expect guest blog posts to be funny or profound, too!) I have a synopsis to write for a third book that should get done any minute now since the book is due in December.
I participated in the Unleash Your Story fundraiser in September, which wasn’t a huge amount of work – mostly keeping track of my word count and reporting it, and trying to think of people to donate to my page. (I’m just ten lousy bucks short of my goal, despite what the page says. My own donation has been allocated elsewhere and should show up on my page today. If you had any thoughts of donating to a charity – you get a tax receipt – this would be a good one. The money goes to fund research for Cystic Fibrosis.)
That’s just the writing bit. I have a book signing on Saturday – kind of a launch party for FALLEN – at Bakka-Phoenix Books in Toronto, which requires primping and preparation of promotional materials. I have a workshop to attend on Sunday – you see, my October 1 book was supposed to be done by the weekend. Uh huh – which mercifully I’m not teaching.
On the rest-of-life front, Canadian Thanksgiving is in a week and a half, and this year it’s my turn to host the festivities. There’s nothing like a family moment to awaken my inner Martha Stewart, and I had big, big plans this year as always. Why not wallpaper the dining room? Why not? Because there are only twenty-four hours in a day, no matter how you figure it! I’ve already faced the facts and compromised – instead of redecorating the entire house, I’ll settle for it being clean.
Clean-ish, even. No compromises on dinner, so the redecoration plan had to go.
(Maybe next year.)
Then there’s all the usual flotsam and jetsam of life – laundry and dirty dishes, pets to feed and trash to take out, recycling to sort and bills to pay – those things we solve without even thinking about them. In weeks like this one, there always seem to be more of them than usual.
Phew! So, it’s no wonder that my post is late today. It’s pretty much a miracle that it’s here at all! LOL! It’s just one of those weeks. All good stuff, but all of it at once.
How about you? Have you had one of those weeks lately? Any tips and tricks for managing them? I am the high queen of listmaking – that’s the only thing that keeps me (marginally) sane during these weeks.
How do you do it?