I have so many projects going on that if I completed them, I'd be awake for hours, NO WEEKS, with no sleep.
My first project, of course, is rewrites of Mystic Capers to stay on schedule for the February release date. Accompanying this is the completion of Book 3, Sultry Sensations, with a tentative release date of late Spring, early Summer. Saturday-Wednesday, I write a minimum of 2-4 hours a day. Thursdays and Fridays are spent doing administrative work when I get home from my "real" job....updating my author page on Facebook, blogging on the website, and now, organizing receipts for tax purposes.
Thursdays and Fridays are also spent working at my REAL job as a floral designer. As we move out of January, we move into a very busy February (MEN: VALENTINE'S DAY IS ALWAYS THE SAME DATE EVERY YEAR...FEBRUARY 14TH) And with holidays comes increased hours spent at the shop making beautiful arrangements.
Saturday and Sunday are filled with music and my responsibilities associated with the wonderful online radio station that brings awesome music through its programs....Mark Stenzler with The Blues Zepplin; Neil Mitchell with Scaussie Music Show and Stevie Connor with Wee Dan's Hoose and Album of the Week. (all can be found at www.bluesandrootsradio.com)...and more writing and edits.
There is a basket filled with yarn sitting just to the left of the love seat...another project (an afghan) needing attention. A baker's rack is across the room and holds 22 different pots of African violets in various stages of growth.
Several containers and bags with beads and wire reside in the northwest corner of my bedroom....all waiting to be turned into beautiful unique pieces of jewelry...now ideas are running through my head for special "swag" that correlates to my books that will be given as contest prizes.
My best friend's niece is getting married in June and I've been asked to help design the flowers for that wedding....3 bouquets of beaded flowers that fit together to make a centerpiece.
AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL...for me anyway....is self care....meaning time to rest, to sleep, to clear my mind...to remove stress and regenerate. I cannot encourage you enough to take time every day for yourself. Whether it be first thing in the morning or after lunch or before bed...time with quiet, with music, with writing, praying, meditating, journaling...whatever it is that will bring peace to your soul, that will make you STOP for a few minutes. You will find that if you do this, even 10 minutes a day, it will give you fresh eyes to see what's in front of you and what needs doing.
Prioritize your projects!