Monday, December 06, 2010

Trying to get Back on Schedule

Honest I am.

I thought when I cut back to posting only three or four days a week I could keep up with the blog, but it always seems that other things demand more and more of my time.

Scheduling is always hard when you have two or three major things going on at the same time. But this year I have a lot things that all need my attention right now. My new mystery, Open Season, is being released this month, so I am busy trying to promote that just a bit. As all authors know, it it imperative that we really work at promoting, especially when the book first comes out.

Open Season is heavily marketed to libraries first, so I did a mailing of postcards to a number of libraries. Now I need to plan a launch party and virtual book tour for January when it will be available to the public. Not to mention make some time to work on the second book in the series.

My young adult novel, Friends Forever, is being re-released by a new publisher this week, so I should probably be doing some publicity for that.

On top of that, are my responsibilities to "Scrooge". It takes six weeks to prepare for a show and the work seems endless. The upside of putting in endless hours for a show is the fun along the way and the end result. If you would like to meet some of the wonderful cast I have been working with, here is a link to a story I did for WinnsboroToday.com

My position as Managing Editor for the online magazine is another challenge to my time. Each month it seems harder and harder to keep up with all that job entails, as well as fit in some other freelance editing.

Throw the Holidays into the mix, and I am really feeling a time pressure. I have to remind myself to stop and take a breath now and then. I also am trying to make daily to-do lists and prioritize the items so I take care of the must-haves before doing anything else. That is a challenge for me, as I am not a list kind of person. Nor am I very organized. Just ask my husband. Plus, I always seem to run out of the day before I run out of the list. Some items go on tomorrow's to-do list.

When you start feeling overwhelmed with tasks, what do you do to find balance and ease the stress? Have you made tough choices to give up some activities to have more time for work?

6 comments:

Carol Kilgore said...

Well, it's late afternoon and I'm just now getting around to blogs I usually visit in the morning. I'm a bit off schedule, too, so I can relate. I'm a listmaker and I try sticking to something once I write it down. This time of year is just too hectic. Hang in there.

The Words Crafter said...

I'm about dizzy just thinking about all the things you have going on, wow.

I tend to either shut down and then do everything all at one time, or rant and rave and try to keep up.

I'm not a good example of 'togetherness' at all :)

I do tend to do better under pressure.....

I hope you can find balance, but I gotta say, with everything you've already done, I believe you can do it!

Laura Eno said...

I'm hoping January will be better for both of us. :) On the other hand, life isn't boring...

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for the support, friends. And you are right, Laura, life is not boring. LOL

Terry Odell said...

Schedule? We're supposed to have a schedule? Oh my.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Maryann Miller said...

Terry, you are not fooling me. You are one of the most organized writers I know. Either that or you spin a good tale. LOL