When I was young, I’d hear older folks mention how fast time went by. I kind of doubted them as it seemed to crawl at a snail’s pace to me. That was because I was usually waiting for something big coming up–eventually.
Well, now I’m the middle aged adult and life sure is flying by. I find myself not having enough time or hours to accomplish everything on my list. And oh by golly do I have the lists! Lists for groceries. Lists for errands. Lists for things to do around the house seasonally. Lists for things I need to do for promotion on the books. Lists for things to write for the works in progress. Lists for any doctor appointments for me and for the pets. Lists to cover anything not already mentioned in the previous lists. Good grief, my life has become a series of scraps of paper of lists!
But they usually assure I won’t miss something important should I blink and another chunk of time sped by. If it did, I can go back to my list and still catch up.
Now, mid way through September, I’m still thinking I’ll paint the last two rooms in my house when it’s nice out and I can open the windows. Well, that thought was last winter. I opened the windows over the last few months, but I sure never cracked a paint can open. I still have yet to organize my kitchen cabinets, which was on my summer to-do list. The organizational shelves are still on the kitchen table. But golly, now I’m gathering cardboard to cover the outside foundation vents for the winter. Seems I just got the hose out to clean the eaves and now my list says to drain and store that hose. What? I still have eaves to clear!
See what I mean?
My promotional list said to start in September to do all these things in pre-promotion for the newest book coming out in November. I wanted to start early because I knew by November and December, I’d be buried in stuff. I have two books coming out in November, a novel on the 11th and I’m part of a Christmas anthology coming out on the 25th. Two weeks apart. Two different books. Two different ways to promote. Plus another novella releasing in Feb-March 2016 to start promoting when these two are live. Let’s not forget endless edits for all of the above. And social media upkeep. That is sort of like doing the dishes or laundry– they never end. Busy-busy-busy-busy.
Except I’m already crazy busy now and it’s only September. Or already September. And I only did one promotional thing for each November release. Such a far cry from where my lists say I should be by mid-September.
But honestly, I suppose I should not complain. I’ve been granted some great opportunities that many would sell their soul for and all I have to do is work (hard) for them. One day I will look back and say, sure the time went by fast. But is also went by just like it needed to. And it will have all been worth it.
Umm, I just need to remember that when I am pulled four different directions at once, the deadlines are on my doorstep and I feel the pressure of a volcano rising up within me. I’ll just take the dog for a walk, play with the cats or talk to the bird to change my focus for a few moments. Sit on the porch and watch the acorns and rain fall like I’ve been wanting to do all summer. I’ll just put everything current to the side and work on a work in progress that’s been calling to me in not-so-subtle whispers. Hey, I have two of them yelling at me right now.
People sometimes ask me what I do all the time, with so few electronic entertainment devises and people around me. Don’t I get lonely or bored? Nope, not by a long shot.