You know when you let stuff in your house 'go' - when you put a pile here and a pile there a-la "I'll get to that later." You know when there's a spider web up there but you just don't want to deal with reaching up to clean it right then. You know when there are dust bunnies under the bed and a film of dust on surfaces. You know when you need to clean out your fridge. You have lived with these things in some kind of denial until one morning you get up and everything hits you all at once. Oh Dear! Oh Gawd! My house is in chaos! ARGGGHHHHH AUUUGGGH HEEEELPP~!
You have to take one thing at a time, out of all those duties and messes, one thing only at a time and just get it done. Or, if you are like I have been, you do one part of the room, scurry to another part, then another, and eventually it all is done, but . . . you are exhausted!
That is a perfect metaphor or analogy for my brain! I simply must clean it out or else my brain will explode. But, I need to clean it out in a more efficient way . . . oh yes, I must.
And, also, while I'm metaphoring, I realize I really do need to clean my physical house, too *laughing*
There is the Contest at Gumbo Writer's place.
I think what I will do with the contest is make another "Page" for it so anyone can keep up with it and what I've done so far. If you look at the top of the blog, there are now Pages . . . a Home page where you are now; there is a Trailer/video page, and a Blog Tour page.
I'll add a "Promo Contest" page and keep it updated. Whew, there's one decision made *laugh*
I've also committed to writing a short story for the Mossy Creek series - if you've not ready any of the Mossy Creeks- they are so much fun! Now I'll be a part of it...wheeee!
I also went insane and said I'd write some articles for a local publication - I'm proud to do it, but I'm nervous about my deadlines during such a busy time.
Then, I have something simmering that I am not sure I can tell you all yet - I think I can, but I'm waiting to hear back from BB first to make sure it is a "for sure thing" -- as for sure as these things can be in this business. But, if this is a 'sure thing' then I am surely insane. I am completely mad. haha! hahahahahha! hahahhaahhaahhahohohohoheheehhooo!
Then there is my blog and twitter and facebook. There is my blog tour - which I am really enjoying, so that's not a chore - in fact, I will be at Janna's Place tomorrow...where I talk about some of the questions I am often asked about publishing and books, etc. Hope you will stop by!
There is my co-publishing editor stuff with Rose & Thorn that Angie Ledbetter and I work together on, along with Cynthia Toups our Managing editor and the other staff. This is an important and wonderful thing we do for writers and poets and artists....I think so anyway.
So, this morning, while walking the cove at Killian Knob, I knew I had better get a handle on all the things I have going on. I better sweet, mop, dust, vacuum. If I don't, then my brain-house will become over-loaded with junk and dust and piles of stuff. I'll turn in circles and get nothing done. I will become overly-exhausted because I'm running to and fro and fro and to.
I won't even tell you my saga of how I became completely stressed yesterday because I was suddenly afraid everyone would hate Secret Graces. I know these things are circutous thinking and do no one any good, but I couldn't help it. I obsssesssssed all day and it exhausted me. I worried and worried and worried myself over the book coming out this April and what if it flops and what if what if what if....lawd! I finally went to work on my writing and remembered why I do this and then I felt more centered.
The next six to ten months, and on into next year are going to be COMPLETELY INSANE. Can I do it? Can I juggle the things I have said I will do? Well, yes, I will . . . as long as I stay healthy and alive (um, let's hope I do! *laughing*) because I have committed myself to them, and if anything, I have a good solid work ethic. And I'm prolific. And, most important, I don't want quantity to get in the way of quality - can I really do it all and still do it well? I sure hope so.
SO TELL ME . . .
What about you? Is your brain-house in disorder and chaotic? What do you do to be organized- please tell me! I truly do need some tips! Do you have online calendars that remind you of when tasks should be done? Do you write down things somewhere? Do you have a paper calendar with things written? Do you put them in your phone? What is your strategy when you have an over-loaded schedule?