Monday, December 17, 2012

The Ballerina Balancing Act

This post has to lead with Losing Hope. Because today is the day. It's available and at your fingertips...just a click away. See, click here or here!

But my guess is your fingertips, brain, and every other part of your body are just as overwhelmed as mine.

It's a holiday circus, and one of my three rings is devoted to a book release, you know, just to keep me on my toe shoes.

There are frantic gift wrapping sessions in the basement where I snarl at the kids to 'stop asking questions before Christmas' then pop up groundhog-like, long enough to realize my inbox is full of last minute changes of the 'could you just take a quick look' variety.

My editor, publisher and I have different definitions of quick look. My definition means five minutes. Theirs is anywhere from five minutes to five hours.

In between wild-eyed, quick look marathons I'll check my email, just for fun, to find, OH MY GOD, is that another cookie party invitation, whew, just a last minute cocktail party except I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR, which means I need to drop everything to make an after dinner trip to mall.

And I know I could politely decline, but isn't January the month to demur and stay home?

"You're not really going to wear that, are you? You look like a crazy ballerina," my husband told me after my frantic mall trip.

"I'm absolutely going to wear this because that's exactly what I am. A crazed ballerina doing a crazier holiday balancing act."

My pirouette is about to get trickier. A book release in the holiday season feels like the equivalent of things I've seen performed on stage, executed by professionals.

Keep your fingers crossed that I don't break an ankle or my chin.

And if you, caught in the act of executing your own holiday dance, wait until January to download and read Losing Hope, I'll understand.

From one ballet dancer to another, let's make a plan to meet on the couch in 2013 for some restorative reading time. I'm going to hope that, when we get there, Losing Hope will be at the top of your list.
 

28 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think you look great, Johanna! And congratulations on your new book.

Ella said...

Johanna, you look lovely and gracious-not crazed ballerina ;D

Yes, keep leaping and posing! Your posture will help you balance this gig! Congrats, so excited for you~
enJOY!

Beylit said...

The dress is great and I am sure the book is too. You are balancing like all the rest of us, even if your platters are a little bigger than ours.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

You look great in that picture! Seriously, what do husbands know about dresses? :)
Congratulations on your release! Have a great holiday season! :)

Tamara Narayan said...

Yeah! Congrats on getting it done. I'll be getting my copy soon.

Jenny S. Morris said...

Awe, I look you look awesome! Happy release!!! Congratulations.

Connie J Jasperson said...

You look fabulous and I can't wait to get my Persphone Campbell fix! I just bought my download!

Johanna Garth said...

Thanks Alex!

Ella, love the emphasis on JOY!

Beylit, actually the veggie platter was really heavy :)

Rachel, husbands and dresses! Now I think he's embarrassed.

Thanks so much Tamara and Jenny!

Yay! Thanks Connie. Hope you enjoy it.

Misha Gericke said...

Love the outfit.

Good luck with the juggling act!

KatieO said...

LOVE the outfit and big congrats on the new book!

Happy, Happy Holidays!

Liza said...

You look lovely! Congratulations!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You look adorable! Congrats on the book.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love the dress. Your hubby needs glasses. :D

lol on the different definitions of quick look. That's like when I tell my kids to wait a minute. They actually count to sixty now because they know my minute isn't a real minute. More like ten minutes.

Carlie Cullen said...

You look stunning, Johanna! From one dancer to another, let's just spin our way through December - we might get dizzy but we'll have a giggle doing it! Lol
I'm so excited that Losing Hope is finally out - heading off to download now! It's a fabulous story & I wish you every success with it. x

Carol Kilgore said...

From one ballerina to another, your dress is fab. You look great! And like you, I'm hoping to have a plan by 2013, if I can just find two minutes to put one together.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You are gorgeous. Enjoy it all!

xoRobyn

Tonja said...

I like the dress too. Congratulations on your release!

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

This is so awesome! Congratulations on your release, you look so beautiful in that picture!!

jaybird said...

Um, lurrve that dress! Wish I had the legs you do to pull it off...

Congrats on the book release, and hang in there with the holiday crazies. Before you know it, it's January and you'll be bored. Ha!

Hope you enjoy the holiday season with your family Johanna.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, you look so cute! I love it! I am approaching done on reading your book and loving it! Should be able to post a review maybe Thursday!

Scarlett said...

Wowzer!

The dress is awe-some, Johanna! The girl IN the dress looks amazing! Perhaps your husband has an ulterior motive in his less than stellar review.

The book release...
Awe-some-sauce!!! I cannot wait to download Losing Hope!

I've been reading you from afar, I admit. It's been a rough couple of months on my end. So glad to see you are forging ahead. It gives ME hope.

Love! and Hope!

Lisa Gail Green said...

It must be crazy but wonderful! Congratulations on the release. :D

Neurotic Workaholic said...

That's a cute outfit! And a cookie party? Where? I love that the holidays make me feel less guilty about eating cookies. :)

Susanne Drazic said...

CONGRATS on your new book!

jenny milchman said...

You look SMASHING! (Of course, so would a crazy ballerina...ballerinas are always hot). Big congrats on release day! I am hopeful I can get my copy signed...

Donna K. Weaver said...

Ugh. A release along with the holidays. Why not just shoot you? You look fabulous. Was your hubby okay with it?

Gwen Gardner said...

Congratulations on your new release! And who's crazy idea was it to do this during the holidays, lol!

And your photo/ballerina dress is awesome!

naida said...

Congratulations Miss Johanna. And you look too cute, luv the dress!