Saturday, April 21, 2012

the perfect storm

Remember in Clueless when Cher said Amber was like a Monet painting? It looks fine from a distance, but when you get up close, it's all messed up?

Yeah, that's me right now.

I have a deadline that seems insurmountable. A volunteer task that's as difficult as herding steampunk cats. Twittering and Facebooking and guest posts and interviews. A family to tend to, children to nurture, friends to adore, and a house to keep livable. Bookstores to visit, books to sign, mail to send, cons to email with proposals and hopeful smiles. Not to mention that I'm still in my first month of book sales and struggling to figure out how to keep sales numbers up when there's no clear guideline on how to do so.

In short, I'm a total mess.

I used to think that selling a book and getting published was my ultimate goal. And it's awesome, don't get me wrong. But it's not over when the book is on the shelves. I majorly underestimated the work that goes into being a professional writer. Deadlines mean you can't wait for the muse to come to you, and editors don't really care if you have outside commitments or a need to, you know, sleep. Right now, I want to be curled up in bed, listening to the rain and reading and dreaming of the next story. That's... not what I'm doing, and I won't be able to do it until, oh, June.

So if you talk to me, and I nod and have a crazy look in my eye, now you know. Inside, I'm freaking out pretty much constantly.

No rest for the wicked, huh?



EttyOop said...

*hugs and cupcakes*

You can do it. You've GOT this!

kelly the nut said...
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kelly the nut said...

Is there any way to (gracefully) back out of the volunteer project? You can rightly claim overload, and use that time to write more... or sleep.

Anonymous said...

If it helps, I will go to the pub and listen to some traditional Irish music for you.

Pinafores and Pinwheels said...

Thanks for coming today even though you are so busy! <3 I have leftover cupcakes if you want one!

Anonymous said...

It's always interesting to hear the process of an author, especially a new one. I wish you luck! You're very talented so I'm sure you'll do fine. I wonder if it's easier or harder in the times of ebooks because they're here, but paper books haven't gone away quite yet either.

Virginia Valerie said...

Sorry, Hon. Is there anything your friends from afar can do to help?