Finding the balance between writing and real life is always difficult. We’ve all written about that before, and it’s similar to finding the balance between any responsibilities we may have, whether it’s family and work, work and writing or even family and friends.
Discipline and routine help me balance writing and real life, but sometimes, even that doesn’t help. Right now is one of those times. In a few short weeks, my youngest daughter will have her Bat Mitzvah, and while I have many people helping me do everything, none of them are able to read my mind (the nerve!) and now is the time that all the last minute details get ironed out. School starts in a couple of weeks and there’s prep for that as well, including tutoring to try to get ahead of the curve. And my critique group meets in a week and I have to prepare my work and critique the others’ beforehand. And finally, I have a book coming out September 10, for which I need to arrange publicity.
So I have a lot on my plate. When my plate gets full, some of my writing slides off. As much as I’d like to get to work on my new manuscript, I need to put that on the backburner for now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to it now and then, but my plan is to get to it steadily in mid-September.
Until then, I may be a little AWOL. But don’t worry, I’ll be back!