Look out! I’m off topic and on the road.
Specifically, I’m on my way to New Jersey to visit family and next week I’m heading into NYC to do a podcast at Penguin, have lunch with my publicist and scout locations for my NY launch party.
But I’m really off topic because, as my fellow debs know, I’m little stressed out and overwhelmed this week, which means it’s hard to focus. Thankfully sharing these ups and downs is part of our mandate here. And I must thank my fellow debs who all came to the rescue via email yesterday just as I was approaching meltdown status over my massive To Do list. Between the five of them and The Oppressor, I managed to avoid a full Hagen Dazs, wearing-sunglasses-while-crying-in-the-grocery-store episode. Phew.
Now, can I enlist some of you to cheer me on? One of the biggest things I’m stressed out about is finishing my new book. I had no idea when Falling Under sold how crazy the months leading up to release would be. I thought I had lots of time to write the next book. But it’s been a wild year with so much to learn about the publishing industry and so freaking much to do to try to ensure that my “baby” gets a good start in the world that the new book keeps getting pushed to the back burner.
And I want it done. I want it done so I can (hopefully) get it sold and have a good follow-up book in a timely manner. I want it done so I can get to writing the next one. I want it done because any book, until it’s finished, is the proverbial monkey on one’s back. And most of all, I want it done so I’m not worrying about it when Falling Under is released, two months from now.
Technically there are enough hours in the day for me to get my first draft out in the next few weeks, but it’s going to take enormous discipline and it will be a serious balancing act.
So, I’d love some good creative vibes, kicks in the butt, etc. I’d also love to hear your stories about finishing something difficult, balancing conflicting demands on your time and where you find your energy and inspiration.
What are you desperate to accomplish and how do you do it?