The Balancing Act

My apologies for being quiet, but I’m juggling a lot. It’s something I’m still learning, that balance. I definitely haven’t forgotten those whose interviews I still have to schedule, and I’m going to try to do some more entries of my own. At the end of the day, though, at the moment I’ve got a few projects that still have to get done. I’m back at Ze Dayjob, so that definitely takes the toll on the writing schedule, plus I’ve got a story for the sword and sorcery anthology,Thunder in the Battlefield, that I’ve got to edit before James Tuck comes after me.  And, of course, I’m working hard to finish the first book of the Kingdom City Chronicles before Stephen Zimmer comes after me (I’m very popular these days, though this may cause me to go into hiding…)

This is when I’m realizing that even the best of us have to rethink our tactics from time to time. Is it plausible to blog every day, work, write, edit, and do pr stuff? Maybe, but then I’d never sleep, and after being knocked on my rear by the zombie plague of death last month, I have no desire to revisit that anytime soon. Maybe it’s my old age, but I suppose I’m learning to prioritize and take care of myself. At the end of the day, writers are people, too, and when you have a job like that, you’re pretty much all you’ve got. Yes, you do have lots of people around you, but only you can write the book. At the end of the day, you’ve got to approve decisions and move things along. Even a few years ago when I was juggling less, I had a tendency to pour on the steam when things got busy, to prove to everyone that I could do thirty million things all at once. And it destroyed me, burned me out, made me no fun to be around, you name it. Burn out with a capital ‘oh my gawd call the fire department.’ Granted, I’m still busy, but I’m also factoring myself into the equation. I’ve had good friends who were amazing teachers of this point in my life, and I finally learned to listen.

So I may fade away a smidge, but I’m still here, rocking it out and writing my heart out. Believe me, even if it’s not as frequently, you’ll hear from me. Far be it from me to keep my big yap shut for long. 🙂

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