Like most writers, I’m often glued to a computer.
I don’t need medical science to tell me this isn’t good. Before I went to Romania for a Horror Writer’s Workshop in Transylvania, I was getting migraine headaches almost everyday.
Since I’ve been abroad, I’ve hardly gotten any.
My life at home is horribly out of balance. I write to pay the bills, but I also have two novels-in-progress and four that need a rewrite.
Not to mention all the marketing that needs to be done.
This doesn’t leave a lot of time for errands, cleaning, and yard work, so in spite of my best intentions, my weekends are filled with endless to-do lists. To get everything done would require working fourteen hours a day on both Saturday and Sunday, but of course I fail. My brief “break” usually turns into a full-on crash.
I always feel like I’m behind the eight-ball. By the time I get around to doing laundry, it’s an insurmountable chore. Every time I promise myself I’m going to stay on top of it, but when more pressing tasks are waiting, it’s easiest to put it off. Again.
The easiest solution would be to hire cleaning and/or laundry help, but it seems foolish to spend that kind of money on something I could do myself. When we move to the island next year, every penny we’ve been able to save will count.
I’m tempted to put all my new projects on hold in order to make sure I finish the rewrites on those four other books and get them out into the world, but I don’t feel good about not writing for the rest of the year.
How do you balance everything that needs to get done? I’m sure some of you struggle with the same things–I’m hoping at least one of you has found a solution.
I can’t even imagine how people with kids cope. I only have to worry about taking care of myself (and three cats, but as long as they get food and love, they’re fairly low maintenance.)
PS – If you missed them, check out my posts about the Horror Writer’s Workshop in Transylvania. You can find the first one here.