….I wouldn’t miss any of this for the world. Not even for the amazing Romantic Times convention (or the really awesome Harlem Shake that they did there!)
Sometimes I feel like my world revolves around writing. There are always deadlines, and conventions, and promotion, and social media, and…and… It never seems to end. I don’t think people realize that there is so much more to being an author than writing the next book. Goodness knows I wish it was that way (my obsessive compulsive tendencies would love to focus on just one thing :-), but there is so much more to the job than I ever imagined.
In the last few weeks I’ve had massive re-writes, multiple blogs, swag to order, edits, copy-edits, another synopsis, two short stories, conference planning, and multiple hours on you-tube learning how to understand the very basics of graphical artistry so I can save a bit of my ever increasing tax exemption on things like web-page design and trading cards. All those things are not the most important thing I’ve done over the last few weeks though. The most important task I’ve accomplished is actually my first job and my first love: being a mom.
The juggling act is not always easy. Unlike a 9-5 job, being a writer is a hat I never take off. Even when I’m driving my daughter to her horseback riding lesson or my son to his boy scout outing I have stories playing in my head. I often wake in the morning , my mind racing at maximum RPM as I toggle through my to-do list for the day: make lunches, don’t forget the check for the field trip expenses, stop by the school and check the PTO box, write my Lady-Scribes blog, oh and get those stock images I purchased to my cover artist!
Sometimes I fail pretty miserably at the juggling act; mom life, PTO life, or writer life often taking precedence at any one moment in time, but you know what? I’ve learned that that’s okay. My family loves me. They will understand. So will the rest of the moms on the PTO board if I drop the ball on getting the budget done in time for the next PTO meeting. And, lucky me, so do my publisher and my fans when I need just a little extra time or miss an amazeballs conference.
I love this industry. Deadlines, promotion, and social media headaches aside (hey, I am a reclusive writer!) I love what I do. Because you know what else I love? Being there for my little girl when she gets her shimmer glitter tattoo at a PTO event I helped pull off, or kissing her pinkie before we splinted it up after her ex-ray, or watching her with love and joy in my heart as she walked down the aisle to take her first communion.
Yup, that’s where I was during the Romantic Times convention (it was a heck of a week!) And as much as I missed my fans and my writer friends (you’re all awesome!) I wouldn’t have traded a single one of those moments for the world. How about you all? What sort of juggling acts do you perform on a daily basis in your life?
All my best,