My other thought is that you need to take the time you need to get things done right. And that means that sometimes writing needs to win out, and that means sometimes the Day Job or other things need to win out. The trick is to keep one from pushing other off the face of the map, particularly writing. Too many people let the stress of life be an excuse not to write, myself included. Conversely, though, you shouldn't let the drive to write add more stress to an already stressful period.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Plus, it feels good to have accomplished a goal that's been hanging on my back for a while. It's like, if I can clear things away in life, I can clear them away in my head.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
This time, it was interesting to stand on the dock and look down at the tide filling the marsh and take a snapshot of life how it is now. This time last year I was revising The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I was looking for a new day job. I wasn't yet engaged (though to us that was just a technicality). This year I've signed with an agent, sold a book, started to get feedback on that book from readers, gotten engaged. Next year... who knows? JP and I should hopefully be married (if we get around to planning the wedding), my book will be out, the book I'm writing now should be finished and hopefully I'll be writing a third.
I think it's nice to take stock of things every now and again. It's so easy to head-down and plow through life -- looking towards the weekend or waiting for ARCs or wondering about things off in the future -- that we fail to think about where we are now. Where we've come from and where we're going. It's crazy how much things can change in a year!