This isn’t something I want to do, but after signing up to go on two conferences (one in April and another at the end of May) and finding out one of my kids threw up today, I began to feel stressed out. And after taking a moment to sit down and evaluate why I was feeling overwhelmed, I realized it was the fact that I’m not near being done where I need to be. If I want to make my current deadlines, I’d have to sprint it, and if I do that, I might lose the quality in the work.
Since I’m probably going to have a series of kids getting sick in the next couple days, I’m going to have to figure out new release months for the current works in progress. I don’t want to make any rash decisions. I want to have time to sit and think it through. Right now, I’m frazzled. It’s been one of those days, and I’m not thinking straight. What I do know is that I need to push back the release months so I don’t get stuck feeling like I need to frantically finish up my books.
I’m sorry. I know some of you pre-ordered Royal Hearts. I’m going to try to push back the month on this one. There’s just too many other things going on.
And I promise I will never do a pre-order ever again. I can’t handle the pressure it brings.
Your family comes first! Take a deep breath and take your time to work it out. And take care of you! The rest will follow in its own time.
Thanks, Judy. 🙂 I definitely need to take the deep breaths. It’s easy to forget to do that.
Take care of yourself.
Thanks, Glenda. 🙂
I agree with Judy. Sometimes you just have to step back and take care of yourself and your family. The writing will always be waiting for you – as will your readers.
It’s hard to take that step back, but I do need to do that. Nothing is so urgent that I need to do it right this second. 🙂
I don’t ever plan to do a pre-order. I don’t need that stress. I hope the other kids don’t get sick, but I know how that usually goes through all of them when one gets sick. 😦
I learned my lesson on the pre-orders. I did the first two, and the rest have been pushed back ever since because real life keeps creeping in. They aren’t worth it. Too many things can go wrong.
Do what is best. You do not need this stress, and you will find your work will be better when you have more time to think. You take care and God bless.
I agree. My work will suffer if I don’t push the deadlines back. I need to remind myself it’s okay to take the break when needed.
I’m sure all of your fans would rather you take care of your family and give them a book at a later date that you’ve given your best to . Everything starts to fall apart when you’re overwhelmed. It is so not worth being grumpy with your family or turning out work you’re not happy with.
Very true. I want each book to be the best it can be. I also want to make sure I spend time with my family while I can. You never know what the future will bring. I feel a lot better now that I’ve shifted some things around.
Family first. I think everyone understands that. You take care of you and yours and the writing will come on its own. Good luck and see ya in May!
You think by now I’d know better than to try to force the writing. lol
I’m looking forward to seeing you!