Been Busy and Am Struggling to Catch Up

Behind in Emails, Facebook Messages, and Blog Comments

I notice my inbox is full.   I have been out of the house most of the day from Monday through today.  I’ll be out all day tomorrow and possibly Sunday, Monday, and definitely Wednesday.  So my whole calendar has been booked, and it’s been pretty much back-to-back doing everything but sitting on the computer to take care of emails or write.

I explain all that above to let those of you who’ve contacted me know I’m not ignoring you. At the moment, I’m overwhelmed, and when I get overwhelmed, I can’t work fast.  I need to step back, take a deep breath, and write.  Writing helps settle me down.   So if I can sit down and do some writing, I’ll be better able to focus on emails, Facebook messages, and blog comments.

I will get to your email, message, or comment.  It’s just going to take me some time to get there.  I’m sorry it’s taking so long.

Editing His Convenient Wife

In the meantime, I have been editing His Convenient Wife, so it’s not like I’m not being productive at all, which is good.  I want to get that book uploaded and ready for preorder by October 1.  I want to give enough time for Barnes & Noble and Kobo to have the files on hand when the release date is set, which is November 16.  I figure the sooner I get it out, the better.

Nervous About Next Sunday When A Royal Engagement is Due Out

To be honest, I’m getting nervous about next weekend (September 28, specifically) because that’s when A Royal Engagement is due out.  I don’t know if preorders on Barnes & Noble and Kobo usually have samples or not, but I don’t see samples of that book.  Smashwords sent this book to both places on August 29.  I figured a month out should be enough time to get things set up.  On iBooks, I see the sample there, so I know iBooks will let people preview the sample.

My big fear is that September 28 will come, and I’ll find out Barnes & Noble and Kobo don’t have the book available.  Meaning, what they’ll get is a blank book.  I’m trying not to think about it because when I do, I start to worry, and worrying accomplishes nothing.  All it does is robs me of my ability to focus on what I need to get done.


I wanted to make this blog post shorter than what I usually do.  Next time, I will have the blog post I wrote last month on writing and working with characters.  It’s been so long ago, I don’t even remember the exact angle I went with.  But I’ll tweak it before I post it, so hopefully, it’ll be polished.

I hope everyone else is have a less hectic month than I am. 😀

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to
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8 Responses to Been Busy and Am Struggling to Catch Up

  1. As a matter of fact, no, I’m NOT having a less hectic month than you are. LOL. So I totally get what’s going on with you. Stop worrying about the pre-orders. If something goes wrong, just blame it on the retailers since it would be their fault, not yours. Worrying won’t change anything, it’ll just make it hard for you to work. Take a deep breath!

    • I know it won’t be my fault, but I’ll be the one getting the emails and will have to email to them to find out what is going on. That’s the part I’m dreading. This is one area where it’s nice to have a publisher. They help buffer for things like this. 🙂

      Sorry to hear about your own hectic month. Hopefully, things will simmer down in October.

  2. I’m right there with you, Ruth. I’ve been so busy with school, work, and homework, it’s hard to find time to write my thesis, let alone work on anything else. And don’t get me started on pleasure reading! Here’s hoping things calm down this weekend.

    • I hear you. Pleasure reading has taken a backseat to everything else on this end, too. Two things I don’t want to give up are a full night’s sleep and exercise. I feel much better if I take care of myself physically. I spent a long time not taking care of myself, and it wasn’t until I started eating right, getting good sleep, and exercising that my mind felt clear and focused. I never want to go through the day feeling like I’m stuck in a fog ever again. That was horrible. It took me twice as long to do anything.

  3. dorothypaula says:

    Take it easy, Ruth. Your peace of mind and health come first. Your fans will wait for you. Concentrate on your personal priorities first. God Bless you and yours. Sending you good vibes and lotsa hugs, your fan and friend, always, Dorothy Paula @};— rose

    • What a cute rose. 😀 I’ve never seen that before.

      I just hope the book is out when I promised. I hate not being able to deliver what I said I would. This is the weekend I’ll find out.

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