Summer is finally here and while I'm excited to have the kids home and not to have to get up so early, I'm in a bit of a panic thinking of all the things I need to get done. How to blend that with summer fun? that is the question at my house. Especially since I've discovered that I'm not a fast writer.
During the school year, the kids are out of the house for several hours of the day and they eat lunch at school. With them home, I have less solitary writing time, more lunches to fix. They'll want friends to come over or me to take them to friends' houses. There are vacations to manage. This time the kids are going and Austin and I are staying home. That might be nice, but again, I'm losing writing time. Now, hubby is more important than my books, but I'm a writer and I have deadlines, so I have to get it done. And in between fun, friends, and vacations, there's always football practice.
Next year, Caleb starts high school. Friday was our last day of school and the high school is already doing conditioning. So for the next two weeks, I have to take him to a two hour practice every day, then rush to baseball all stars practice which lasts until dark. Today, including traveling time, we spent 8 hours on practice. Thank God for laptops. I wrote so much today that I drained the battery. At least practices are easier than games. I can sit in the car and close out the world while I sort out the problems of my created world.
Another thing that has to be squeezed in between summer fun and writing is promotion. Liz blogged about it yesterday. (Sorry for my really late comment, Liz! :) ) And Cassy talked about social media on Thursday. On the best of days, promotion can be overwhelming. While I love talking to readers, I hate feeling like I'm trying to sell myself. If only I could afford a publicist. I watch Nora Robert's publicist (Laura Reeth) working the crowds and I turn green with envy. Not only is she super nice and flat out hilarious (this woman could star in a TV show), she's an amazing publicist, absolutely brilliant in her interaction with Nora's fans. I want a publicist. Whine, whine. But for now it's just me, so add another ball to the juggling routine.
This summer, in between family and friends and fun, I have to get some serious writing done. And I think the bottom line for anything is this: If you have to get it done, you will. You'll find the time somewhere.
What's your summer writing schedule?