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Monday, September 23, 2013

Finding Balance Between Writing and Life

So, my kids are finally in school--here I am, at the stage in my writing life that I thought would be the promised land. And yet, I'm having a hard time cranking out the words lately.  For one thing, I'm in the middle of a month-long book tour for my new release "Forever is Now."  It's not sci-fi. It's a contemporary M/M rock star romance. Yeah, I like to mix it up.
Forever is Now

But anyway, between blog posts, keeping track of giveaways, planning more than the seat of my pants is comfortable with, and feverishly checking Amazon, Goodreads, and All Romance like a junky in need of a fix, I'm barely getting new words on my WIP.

Add to that the stress of the beginning of a new school year with three kids (all adjusting to the new schedule, all needing teeth pulled to get homework/instrument practice, etc. done), a newly adopted cat who's had  more medical issues than my ninety-year-old grandma, and now a back spasm to end all back spasms, I'm pretty much worthless when I sit down to work.  And when I do have time to write, I feel too burnt-out to be inspired.

It would be great to just put my real life away in a box for later so I could focus on the fictional lives of my characters.  I can't, though, so they end up feeling insignificant and paltry in the face of honest-to-goodness problems.

So, do any other authors have a similar situation? I know that forcing myself to sit down and do it brings back the love for the world I've created. I gets me excited again, and my fingers will be off and running. I know this. But knowing it doesn't always make me do it.

Well, at the moment I'm going to take a walk with my BFF to try to work the kink out of my back and to get those endorphins pumping (and get the latest gossip--hey, when in Rome). Hopefully, by the time I get back the vet will have called to let me know my furry pal is done getting the hematoma in his ear surgically drained, and the eye doctor will have called to tell me my poor half-blind little six year old's glasses are ready so we can go pick them up after school.

I'll just try to get more writing done tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.


Oh, and in case anyone reads M/M, I have a month long contest open on my blog. I'm taking name suggestions for the puppy in my next book.  My favorite name gets used in book two of my Shooting Stars series (called Double Takes). The winner also gets a shout-out in my acknowledgements if desired, an e-copy of Double Takes when it comes out, and a twenty-dollar Amazon gift card. So stop over if you're so inclined, and help me name that dog! Contest ends 10/6/2013.


Thanks for playing! :-)

-Kimber Vale
www.kimbervale.wordpress.com

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