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Cancelling the next Writers’ Campaign (+IWSG)

I'm a platform-building campaigner badgeUnfortunately, I’ve decided to cancel the upcoming Writers’ Platform Building Campaign. As you may have noticed from my previous posts, I was super excited about hosting the Campaign, but I’ve had a bit of a crash back to reality this week. After several weeks of waking only once a night, my baby, Mackenzie, has decided to return to waking three to four times a night. She’s also entered a stage of separation anxiety, meaning she often cries if I walk even a metre away from her.

As a result, I’ve realised that as much as I WANT to, I just don’t have the time to run a Campaign at the moment. I need to be investing my time in my baby, not on my laptop. It’s a simple case of my enthusiasm getting the better of me. I’ve got heaps of time to think but not much time to actually DO, which means I’m constantly coming up with exciting ideas but don’t have time to follow through with them.

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“Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!” Alex J Cavanaugh

Apologies to everyone who was looking forward to the Campaign. 🙁 I hope you understand why I’ve made this decision.

I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to connect the dots on how this fits with the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG). I’ve used this as my post for IWSG because I wouldn’t mind some virtual hugs from my fellow writers – I still really wish I COULD run the Campaign, I’m just trying to make a grown-up decision and put my family first.

One thing I must say – the more I planned for the Campaign, the more I realised how much goes on behind the scenes and my already-mammoth appreciation for Rach Harrie continued to grow. Rach, you rock!

Your turn

I have a question for other writers/bloggers with children – how do you balance your writing/blogging with parenthood? Was there an age where you found you got more “you” time back? Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving being a mum and I’m more than happy to be spending my time singing Old Macdonald to my little girl; I’m just interested in hearing about others’ experiences.

 P.S. 

Here are some recent photos of the cherub who’s keeping me from Campaigning. 🙂

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Finding balance

For the past two weeks I’ve been a lady of leisure, on holidays from work and the day-to-day hustle and bustle. I spent the first ten days road tripping around northern New South Wales and Sydney with my delightful husband (heaps of fun). I then spent the remainder of my holidays at home with a husband with man-flu (not so fun).

In case you’re interested, here are a couple of photos from our time in Sydney.

In front of the opera house

In front of the opera house

The Gap

The Gap, Watsons Bay

One of the best things about road tripping (apart from the scenery), was that I could edit along the way – when I was the passenger, not the driver, obviously! One of the only good things about being on holidays with a husband with man flu was plenty of time at home, which I spent – you guessed it – editing.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve managed to edit 32,000 words of Tangled and cross the halfway mark. That’s very exciting (I did a little happy dance in my pyjamas when I crossed the threshold), but I still have another 21,000 words to edit by 24 October in order to have part 2 of Tangled ready for my beta readers by the due date in my project schedule. Ideally, I’d like to proof read part 2 once more before I send it to my readers. But given that I’m heading back to full time work tomorrow, that’s a pretty big ask.

And to make things a little more challenging, my husband and I are starting a competition tomorrow (just between each other) to see who can get into the best shape in ten weeks. Winning this competition will unfortunately require exercise – something I haven’t made much time for since I started this blog in January. To be brutally honest, for the past ten months blogging has replaced jogging and my butt is starting to look like the chair it’s been parked in. I need this competition to get me out of that chair!

So what does all of this mean? It means that somehow, I need to find a better balance between novel editing, exercising, blogging, working, and having a life.  To achieve this, I need (among other things) to scale back on my blogging a little. I can hear your gasps of anguish and despair already, but don’t worry, I’ll still post twice a week – just not three times or more like I have been recently.

My new blogging schedule

Sunday night (AEST) will be:

  • a progress update, discussion about writing technique, industry spotlight or book review (in other words, whatever has taken my fancy about writing or reading that week).

Thursday night (AEST) will alternate between:

Wish me luck!

Your turn

Have you made any changes to achieve balance in your life recently? Or do you have any fun stories about failing to achieve balance? Please share. 🙂

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