2014 really started out with a bang. My debut novel, The Sowing, has been doing great on Amazon and other online retailers. I finished writing the first draft of the second book in the trilogy, The Reaping, in late December. I’m working on a novella set in the same world, from a different character’s perspective, TBR in March (hopefully). I started a new independent project I’m releasing serially on my blog, tentatively titled Porous. I’ve been doing author interviews, book reviews, and creative posts on my blog left, right, and center. And I finally landed my dream job – a full-time position at a winery in Paso Robles, California as a lab technician.
I have been ambitious. But sometimes, ambition gets you into trouble.
These past two weeks, as I’ve been working 40 hours a week, flying and driving around to different parts of the country, moving my whole life and finally settling my nomadic heart down in one place, I’ve realized that perhaps I overstepped my limits. I can’t keep blogging the way I was in November and December while holding down a full-time job, working on a collaborative novel, a solo novella and an independent writing project of my own. I can’t be on Twitter all the time, promoting my work and having conversations (as great as they are!), when I’m working during the days and trying to get writing done at night. I can’t sacrifice my personal health, running, and eating well, for the sake of this blog.
I just can’t do it all.
So I’m backing down. I’m going to stop doing author interviews and book reviews for the time being, at least until I figure out how to better manage my schedule. I need to focus on my creative writing and on making sure I’m performing at my best at the winery – oh, there’s so much to learn in such a short time! – and the interviews and reviews just don’t factor in there. There simply aren’t enough hours in the week.
I’m going to continue writing Porous, which has turned into a real passion for me. I will (hopefully) continue to update that story once a week. I’ll continue tweeting and retweeting articles and creative pieces by friends and writers I admire. And I’ll – of course – continue working on the stories set in the world of SEEDS. I owe it to everyone who has read the first book and helped us achieve success with that to continue working on the trilogy. That’s more important to me than anything. But everything else will have to be put on hold. At least temporarily.
In the meantime, you might start to see sporadic posts about wine. I’m living in the heart of wine country in the Central Coast, in a gorgeous town, working for an amazing winemaker and a great company. I’m looking forward to sharing that side of my story with you all, if the inspiration strikes. After all, I’m sure everyone knows the joys of writing a great passage, or reading a few chapters of an awesome book, with a glass of wine at hand.
Wow! You’re so busy but it’s great that things are going so well 🙂 It can be tough keeping up with everything both creative and work-based, while also maintaining good health, so yes, it seems wise to take a little step back … Good luck with it all, and I definitely related to your point about the awesome book/glass of wine symbiosis 😉
Thank you so much! Yeah, it’s crazy how busy things are, but I’ve been really lucky this year. I feel like things are really coming together, and I don’t want to screw anything up. So I’m focusing on the essentials for now.
Thanks for your support, Roger. I hope you get to enjoy a nice glass of wine with your writing/reading endeavors soon!
Congratulations on all these new endeavors. It is understandable that some things will need to be sacrificed so that you continue your passions and focus on this exciting new job. Continued success to you!
Thank you so much! Yeah, learning to balance multiple ambitions and career paths is a challenge, but one I’m looking forward to. I just need to be more measured in my goals. Thanks for your support and I’m looking forward to keeping up with you.
I often wondered how you managed to do it all. You’re everywhere! I highly suspected time travel, but now I see the truth; You’re superwoman. You continually work hard to accomplish your goals, and it shows. You deserve all the success that’s sure to keep coming your way. Much love and respect to you, Amira. As so many of our friends are fond of saying (and really it’s so appropriate here) Cheers!
Oh, Jess! Keep talking like that and you will have me believing that I really AM superwoman. I promise I’m not. I do love everything that I do, though – including blogging, and reading others’ blogs (like your own very excellent site) – but unfortunately, not all of it will fit into my life anymore. Thanks so much for your love and support, and know that I’m with you as we all charge eagerly ahead.
Glad to hear things are going so well! I just finished the Sowing and left a 4* review on Amazon.ca. Is it novel-length? I think I called it a novella, I apologize. Don’t think it’ll make much difference to anyone reading the review. 😉