Monday, December 6, 2010

The Calendar Hates Me

Ok, I'm back from Big Sur! I had a fantastic time, and I can't wait to give all of you a recap.
The question I got asked the most from other writers this weekend once I told them that I have two jobs, two blogs, blah blah was, "How on earth do you have time to write?" My answer was, and still is, "I have no idea."
Because I came home from the weekend bursting with new ideas and ways to improve my WIP. Then I looked at the calendar and found this:
Monday: Writing chat/writing group
Tuesday: Sorority alum holiday party (I helped plan this)
Wednesday: Work PT job
Thursday: Husband's work holiday party
Friday: My work holiday party (I also helped plan this one)
Saturday: Work PT job
In addition to finding time to work on my writing, I also need to find time to:
~Choose a photo for our Christmas cards, edit the photo, choose a design, and place an order for our Christmas cards
~Update the address list for our Christmas cards
~Update the website for my sorority alum group
~Answer all the e-mails I couldn't answer while I was cut off from the world in the wilderness of Big Sur
~Write at least two book reviews for the other blog
~Type up my long Big Sur update for this blog
~Unpack from Big Sur
~Put up the Christmas decorations in my house
~Get my hair done (my roots are embarassing)
~Read a book quickly for an ARC tour
~Plan out my students' winter break writing assignment
Friends, I am feeling very defeated by the calendar right now. I have so much I want to do and so much I need to do and so many obligations and I just want to sit in the corner and cry.


  1. I feel your pain. Sometimes you just want to pause the rest of your obligations so you can focus on the writing you want to be doing. Soon the holidays will pass and then hopefully you will be able to take advantage of the wonderful time wasteland that is January and February :)

  2. YIKES! And I thought I had a lot to do. Suddenly addressing 40 christmas cards seems like small beans. Good luck with getting everything done!! Maybe after this week it will get easier?

  3. I know what you mean.

    School ends in two weeks (THANK GOODNESS, FINALLY) and I get a few months break. But that's only because I'm moving across the country in four weeks and I haven't even started packing yet.

    December is always so busy, I don't know why I never plan ahead, November is always so empty!

  4. I'm getting anxiety just looking at your list (and remembering all of the things I need to add to my to-do list- eep!).

    On the bright side, I always seem to get the most writing and "fun work" done when I have a super full schedule. Maybe you will too? Especially since you are bursting with all of these new ideas from Big Sur.

    When I know I've only got an hour to squeeze in some writing time, I (usually, heh) get right down to business rather than letting myself spend 45 minutes catching up on twitter and The Nest and Facebook before I get to it.

    Have fun with all of the holiday parties!

  5. Oh Jessica, you just made me really tired! LOL.

    I hope that you can make it through all this busyness! Whew.

    It was so great meeting you at Big Sur. I'll look forward to your recap (after you drink an adult beverage and take a nap).

  6. You can do it! I am psyched for the Big Sur recap, so I will pass on tips for the mountain of tasks! Go through the list and write down how long each task is going to take. Then knock off all the tasks that take less than half an hour. List gets smaller! After that, allocate a couple of tasks to each day and don't think about the tasks that belong to another day. Just get through the ones assigned to that day and then whatever time's left is yours. My job frequently presents me with large and unexpected task lists. My approach is to break them into chunks, then eat my way through one chunk at a time.

  7. I am in the exact same predicament right now! Besides my full time job and blog, I also have a million other things to do that take time away from actually writing. It doesn't help that the holidays are coming up. I'm sure you'll find a way to squeeze in the time, and if you don't, you can start fresh in the new year.

    I only recently heard about the Big Sur conference so I'm looking forward to hearing more about it!

  8. If I didn't love the holidays so much, I would be tempted to wish it was January just so all the hectic stuff was over and I could get back to my regular writing schedule. I empathize.

  9. I totally relate to this. I have two jobs, two blogs, a 4-year-old, a busy social life and a WIP I'd spend all my waking hours on if I could. Hopefully both of us will get some time to relax and write over the holidays!