I need your help solving a problem. Writing it all out here will help, but your input will help even more. I gotta know: how do you balance sleep and pursuing the things you love?
Here’s my deal:
I could get more writing done if I woke up just one hour earlier each morning. But I’d be missing one hour of sleep.
I could go to bed one hour earlier, but I’d be missing an hour spent with my hubby (which is a rare, valuable thing these days!)
I could start drinking caffeine again, and get everything I wanted–but I might end up crashing or getting sick after some weeks. But that’s a maybe, not a definite.
So do I bet on the maybe?
A little more than a year ago, I spent a month waking up each morning at 5AM; I got ready for work until 5:45, then wrote until 6:40 (when I got my kids up and ready for daycare.) It was amazing for my writing! I made so much headway on my projects (plus, I’m at my most creative first thing in the morning, so it was even high-quality headway!) But, I fell asleep on the sofa before 10PM each night, which cut into hubby-hangout time significantly. And then, after a month or so, I crashed. I couldn’t make myself get out of bed before 6:30AM to save my life. That felt worse than the early rising had felt good. So then I was back to square one. I make decent progress on my projects as is, but I know I’m capable of more/better.
So, what do you all do? Any of you out there who have to slot your passion into impossibly small slivers of time, how do you do it? Have you come up with any key observations/practices that have made the whole thing easier/more successful?
I’m all ears! Send me your success stories, horror stories, and lessons learned!
It’s the first day of Fall, you guys!
I’m drinking a hot caramel apple cider and wearing my fave boots to celebrate 🙂
I love summer, don’t get me wrong. But when the temperature begins to drop, and the days are getting short, my writing brain comes alive and I get all kinds of great ideas!
No more pressure to use every moment of nice weather to the fullest (we get a limited number of nice-weather days here in the PNW!) No, now it’s just the slow slide into months of overcast darkness and rain.
(All the better for live-tweet reading Interview with the Vampire!)
By April, I’ll be ready for some sunshine. But, for now, bring on the drizzle!
Who’s with me?!
Hello, faithful readers!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on my various projects, so here it is!
After two straight weeks of chapter-by-chapter posts, Waiting | A Shift Series Novella (aka Shift Series 3.5) now lives on its own set of pages under the DRIFT tab here on the website. Waiting has a special place in my heart–I hope it earned a special place in yours as well.
My latest novel-length project, Cloaked 2, is complete, and currently being reviewed by my primary beta readers. (If you think you’re up to the task of Beta Reading a couple of novels for me, I’d welcome the feedback! Shoot me a message on Twitter or Facebook!) Now I just need to figure out what I’m actually going to call the thing!
Finally, I recently solidified my book-plans for the remainder of 2017 and 2018:
For the rest of 2017, I will be working on and finishing Cloaked 2.5 and Cloaked 3. In 2018, I have grand plans for The Mythologicals Saga, including a re-write of Harbinger, and overhaul of Augury. All of that to get the series ready for the release of the third book, Corollary (finally!) in early 2019. Also in 2018, I’d like to do an editing pass on the Shift Series books and re-release them with new covers.
So that’s the real rundown of what I’ve been up to. The mid-year plan review was incredibly helpful. I’m feeling motivated and focused, ready to close out the year and keep up the momentum in 2018. The Mythologicals Saga re-work is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, so carving out the time to really do it feels pretty great.
Do any of you like to reflect and re-plan midway through the year? What are some tools you use to plan your work/projects throughout the year, be they for home, career, hobbies, etc?