Okay, it's official! My brain has left the building.
I love my kids, I really do, but I have to admit....summertime kills me!
I wish I could take the summer off just to have fun. But that never happens. I take days off to have fun and "play" and weekends are always for fun, but weekdays are for work. Children don't "get" that. Just because Mom is home, does not mean she's not working.
I need to have a big sign made that says exactly that.
I still write at my desk in the formal living room. It's just far enough away so I can think straight, yet it's still upstairs so I can supervise. If I retreated to the dungeon in the basement to work, all "bleep" would break loose up here. Yet being "accessible" means the little monsters think they can interrupt me every, oh....SECOND!
I mean, I get it. The month of July is always nuts with lacrosse, and August is when football starts up, so it really only leaves a couple of weeks at the beginning of August to do any type of vacation. But still....most parents don't stay home all summer, they have jobs! And their kids have to learn to entertain themselves. Why is it kids don't take writing seriously as a job. It has to be because writers stay home. If only I could afford an office out of the house.
This summer especially has been hard because it coincided with my release day for Tempest. That involves an insane amount of time participating in my blog tour! So my question is, how do you all handle summer and children, family visiting, vacations, etc, and still get your writing done? I get up at 6 AM and try to work before everyone gets up, but it's still not enough. All I know is my brain is fried....gone for good. Or at least until September 7th when the kiddies go back to school.
Where's the schoolbus when you need it?
THIS is what a Blog Tour looks like! I'm only 2 weeks in and still have 3 weeks left and this is how much I've done so far! All of this takes tons of preplanning to set up and then tons of writing to and promoting and commenting to make successful. I think it's working, since I just found out Tempest is number 11 on B&N Mass Market Mystery List after being out just one week. So excited, but still...I have a new deadline I need to be working on, this book to promote, and distractions at home.
Writers are not HUMAN! We're superheroes! (copy and paste the links below if you want to check anything out. Darn links wasn't working for me)
Blog Tour Guest Posts & Interviews!
To request an autograph on your kindle (my author page) http://kindlegraph.com/authors/karileetownsend
RT Book Reviews Blog (Guest post) http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/mystery-month-author-kari-lee-townsends-psychic-heroine-gives-her-reading
Penguin Blog: The Author’s Desk (Guest Post 1) http://community.penguin.com/_Thats-My-Story-and-Im-Sticking-to-it-by-Kari-Lee-Townsend/blog/4987280/150186.html
Penguin Blog: The Author’s Desk (Guest Post 2) http://community.penguin.com/_Never-Judge-a-Book-By-its-Cover-RightWrong-by-Kari-Lee-Townsend/blog/4994192/150186.html
Penguin Blog: the Author’s Desk (Guest Post 3) http://community.penguin.com/_To-Tease-or-not-to-Teasethat-is-the-Question-by-Kari-Lee-Townsend/blog/4999753/150186.html
The Crime Scene: Penguin’s Facebook Page (Transcript of my author chat) https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=238236066209220
The Richmond Times Dispatch (Review) http://www.mytimesdispatch.com/index.php/bookbag/tea_and_felony/The
Killer characters Blog (Guest Post) http://www.killercharacters.com/2011/07/sunny-is-in-house.html
Femmes Fatales Blog (Interview) http://femmesfatales.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/07/an-interview-with-kari-lee-townsend.html
Cozy Mystery Challenge Blog (Guest Post) http://cozymysterychallenge.blogspot.com/2011/08/guest-post-and-giveaway-kari-lee.html
Babs Book Bistro Blog (Interview) http://www.babsbookbistro.net/blog/2011/08/guest-kari-townsend-book-giveaway.htmlKiller
Crafts & Crafty Killers Blog (Guest Post) http://anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/2011/08/decorating-with-jeanie-guest-author.html?showComment=1312371216397#c8316245475617811825
Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews Blog (Q&A) http://sharonsgardenofbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/08/five-questions-with-kari-lee-townsend.html
The Naked Hero Blog (Guest Post) http://thenakedhero.com/guest-kari-townsend/comment-page-1#comment-6623
Bea’s Book Nook Blog (Guest Post) http://beasbooknook.blogspot.com/2011/08/fine-art-of-book-promotion-guest-post.html
Freda’s Voice Blog (Interview) http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2011/08/114-tempest-in-tea-leaves-kari-lee.html
Dames of Dialogue Blog (Interview) http://damesofdialogue.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/kari-lee-townsend-answers-the-dames%e2%80%99-dozen/
Dru’s Book Musings Blog (Guest Post) http://notesfromme.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/my-day-sunshine-meadows-by-kari-lee-townsend/
Blog Tour Reviews!
Genre Wench (July 8) http://genrewench.blogspot.com/2011/07/tempest-in-tea-leaves.html
Bab’s Book Bistro (July 9) http://www.babsbookbistro.net/blog/2011/07/new-review-tempest-in-the-tea-leaves-by-kari-lee-townsend.html
Murders and Mysteries (July 14) http://murdersandmysteries.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/review-tempest-in-the-tea-leaves/
Nora Adrienne’s Reviews (July 18) http://noraadrienne.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/340/
Stuff and Nonsense (July 28) http://marlyn-stuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/just-finished-reading_28.html
Pudgy Penguin Perusals (August 2) http://kayespenguinposts.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-giveaway-tempest-in-tea-leaves.html
The Merry Go Round Reviews (August 2) http://harstan.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/tempest-in-the-tea-leaves-kari-lee-townsend/
RT Book Reviews (August Issue) http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/tempest-tea-leaves
Lori’s Reading Corner (August 5) http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/2011/08/giveaway-tempest-in-tea-leaves-by-kari-lee-townsend.html
The Mystery Bookshelf (August 6) http://themysterybookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/08/tempest-in-tea-leaves-book-review.html
Book of Secrets (August 8) http://www.bookofsecretsblog.com/2011/08/cozy-mystery-monday-review-and-giveaway.html
Bea’s Book Nook ((August 9) http://beasbooknook.blogspot.com/2011/08/dual-review-of-tempest-in-tea-leaves-by.html
Freda’s Voice (August 9) http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2011/08/114-tempest-in-tea-leaves-kari-lee.html