Now that I’ve got you curious I think I’ll make you wait a few more minutes while I talk about my booksigning yesterday at aReal Bookstore. Trust me, it will be worth the wait, so indulge me.
A Real Bookstore is a huge indie store in Fairview, Texas. It’s really a terrific store, and we had a wonderful lunch from their fantastic deli. I decided to have my first booksigning for BEEF STOLEN-OFF there because they were so sweet last year when I had my launch party for LIVER LET DIE. Anyway, I signed with the wonderful Diane Kelly who wore a beehivey pink wig like one of the character from her book (Tara Holloway mysteries from SMP which are hysterical, BTW.) And I was so excited to have two friends from Iowa drive down to sign also. Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter write the Pampered Pet mysteries(also wonderful) from Belle Bridge Books as Sparkle Abbey. I met these two in a bar (of course!) at a mystery conference last year and we forged a fast friendship.
Anyway, the signing was also a Q & A session and it went really well. Did I mention there was a divine three-layer chocolate cake (Thanks, Lorna of aRealBookstore.) Here’s a picture of all of us with a couple who drove sixty miles because they wanted to meet me and Diane. (They bought Sparkle Abbey books and will soon be a fan of theirs, too!)
Before I forget I want to thank all my DARA friends who came out to support us. )Vicki, Gay, Kat, Juliet, Pam, Angela, Karen, Patience (who used to be in the same Iowa RWA chapter with Sparkle Abbey) Linda and anyone else I missed. Also thanks to my daughter who brought my two grandsons and Tim Woods and Steve Carter and a whole bunch of Mary Lee’s wonderful relatives. We had a really good time. Now, I have to find an excuse to go to Des Moine!!
Before the signing I took Mary Lee and Anita to the DARA meeting which was a bit different from their very small meetings back in Iowa. We had a wonderful speaker, Mary DeMuth who talked about how to succeed in publishing without burnout.
OMG! Could there be a more necessary topic for me? I’ve been whining so long about my deadlines and blah, blah, blah. You have to be sick of me. Hell, I’m sick of me!
Well back to my story (no wonder I can’t get any writing done. See how easily I’m distracted.) Mary ended the wonderful program with a way to get back on track, and I swear, the woman was talking directly to me. She told us about the Pomodoro Method.
What in the world is that, you ask? Remember those kitchen timers that look like a tomato? Well. pomodora means tomato in Italian and thus the name, Here’s the method in a nutshell.
- Buy a timer (they advocate the ticking kind, but it would drive me crazy. I have a digital one.)
- Write down the stuff you want to accomplish in a day (decide how much of that you can do in twenty minutes.)
- Set the timer for 25 minutes
- During that time only concentrate on that task.
- At the buzzer, get up and walk around. Do something else for 5 minutes.
- Then set the timer again for another 25 minutes.
- Follow the steps above until you’ve done 4 twenty five minute segments. Then take a 30 minute break.
Isn’t this terrific? I can do this, even with my short attention span. Thank to Mary DeMuth and this easily followed method. And guess what—the Pomodoro Method in its entirety is a free download here and even has a cheatsheet and a worksheet. I love freebies, especially ones this good.
I woke up this morning not so intimidated by my deadlines and ready to get to work. I’ll let you know if I love it. Now, tell me about how you work everyday? Do you time yourself or just write until you drop? The funny thing about that is that Mary mentioned a study that found that working constantly statistically yields less output.
Yes, you read that right. Long, long hours at a job isn’t as productive as you thought. Just what I needed to hear. Call the new me The Twenty-Five Minute Girl.