Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Neverending To-Do List

Memorial Day Weekend, summer, bowling with buddies, early June birthdays, piano recital and the school sponsored Rose Show are just a few of the things that are making me hyperventilate this week.

We were out of town last weekend and spent some (long overdue) time catching up with family and overeating.  Isn't that what most families do when they get together?  Anyway, now I'm back and I'm trying not to stress.  There are groceries to be purchased, laundry to be done, Twitter feeds to be analyzed, blogs to visit, emails to write and respond to and OMG in the middle of writing this list I just remembered that I forgot to trim Child #1's fingernails and will now be made to suffer the consequences at the hands of her piano teacher! 

Oh yeah, and there's the book.  The second book in the Persey Campbell series is Losing Hope and, as of this morning, I've written 44,000 words of it which means I'm almost half done.  That's good but not good enough because I was really hoping to be a little farther along before summer vacation. 

Which is yet another thing to hyperventilate about.  All my progress is about to screech to a halt because in a little over two weeks (12 school days) the children will be back.  When am I going to write?  I don't know, I don't know, I don't know.  Yes, I'm a little panicky!  Here's my current plan.  Get up at 6:00 every morning and write until 7:30.  Answer emails, blog, tweet and everything else during the two hours I spend every morning while the kids attend swim team practice.  Will it work?  I'm not sure.  Have I mentioned I'm not much of a morning person, or a night owl?  I'm more of a 9:00-6:00 person...perfectly suited to a day job!

Ideas?  Would love to hear them.  How do you squeeze in your uninterrupted writing time?


Unknown said...

I wish I had more time in a day. There just isn't enough time!

I wake up (5am) get ready and head to work. I have a 30 minute window in which I'll blog and write (15 minute on each or 30 for writing). Then I work 7-4. I come home and make dinner, take out the garbage, feed the animals, hang out with my husband and have about a two hour window, one in which I'll write and the other in which I blog.

Did I mention that's on a glorious day? 9 times out of 10 it does not happen that way.

What if I took out the day job? Life would be utter bliss, alas I'm stuck with this so I'll make it work.

PS - If I had a book called Losing Hope I'd lose my mind while writing it... I would constantly feel like I was literally losing hope. I guess it's a good thing I write stories like 30 Guys in 30 Days or In the Mind of a Celebrity Stalker. Keeps me grounded... i think.

Gorgeous blog! I'm your newest and favorite follower now :) I can feel it!

Johanna said...

Hi Jen, thanks for the follow! Can I just tell you how many times I've been tempted to write a post about Losing Hope on Losing Hope. I'm not but it's just too easy :)

Oh for Hermione Granger's time turner...I think every working mom wishes for one of those magical creations!

Unknown said...

I wish I had good advice for this one...especially since I am now more than halfway done with Losing Beauty...and can't wait to go back to the gym tomorrow so I can read some more...but I really hope you figure out when to write because I want that next book!!!!!
(seriously...please go write some more!)

Christine Murray said...

Glad that I'm not the only one who has to juggle 75 things before breakfast

Johanna said...

Lizy, Woohoo so glad you like it!! Losing Hope is coming just not before the end of the year :)

Christine, 75 things before breakfast...yikes! Now I feel slightly better!!

S.B.Niccum said...

You can do it! I can relate, A LOT! I actually have my kids with me all the time, because I homeschool. So I can attest to the schedule that you have planned. I wake up at 5am, work out, then sit and write until 7:30 or 8am. After lunch 1ish, I take a 30 min. nap and at 3 pm I sit down on the computer to do emails, blogs, etc.
Good Luck!!!
S.B. Niccum
Author Website

Jo Schaffer said...

I write in the middle of the night-- or go to a motel for a couple of days. (=

A sequel!!!! Yay! I want to see what happens with Persey and Daniel. (=

Johanna said...

S.B. Thanks for the encouragement. I can do it! I can do it! That's my mantra for the summer.

Jo, I don't think I could do middle of the night but motel..definitely!

bookworm said...

There arent enough hours in the day! I applaud you at getting up that early to write! I can barely form a coherent thought till I've had my first cuppa coffee :P