Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Spreading yourself too thin? Me. Me. Me.



After cooking dinner tonight I sat at the computer and headed straight to the Savvy Authors website where I'm taking two classes this month. It didn't surprise me that I have assignments to do in both of them tonight. While one assignment from Angela James is fairly simple (thank God!) because we are just beginning; the other editing class called "Editpalooza" is kicking my ass. Seriously. They want you to read your novel and go through everything. Plot, Theme, Character, Structure, and on and on...


I had no clue what I signed up for. I even asked Liz, the group owner if I should do both classes, and she said SURE. Laugh's on me, Liz...I know. I know. I'll be a better writer after it's over. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. (grin)

I am learning a lot, so I'm sure it will be all worth it in the end, that is if I make it to the end. I have a huge assignment due in a few days and guess what? This weekend is our monthly local RWA chapter meeting, and I'm the Co-Program Director which means I'm responsible for the speakers. This month our speaker is coming from Ohio and her name is Shirley Jump. After I took a few on-line classes from her I knew I had to book her for our local Sola group. She's awesome and I love her books. So, on Friday she arrives at the airport, Saturday is our class and then she flies out on Sunday.

Mean while another fab. author comes to New Orleans this weekend as well. Karen M. Moning. She is launching her latest Shadowfever book on Monday or Tuesday and she'll be in New Orleans for her Fevercon event. Yep. I'm attending that as well. (Vampire and Ghost tours, along with breakfast at Brennan's Restaurant, book signings and a book chat with readers) Can't wait to get my hands on my reserved signed copy of the latest Fever book. Moning left us on a very nasty cliff hanger. Not nice!

And last but not least I signed up for a brand new Candace Havens class. With all these classes I should be selling books by the dozen. (grin) I also agreed to do a book review, judge the Golden Heart, do a few interviews and blogs for a few authors, etc.

Plus I have to find time to write, edit and make time for the hubby, kids and day job. So do you think I'm spreading myself too thin? Are you doing the same this year? How do you manage to stay sane?

12 comments:

Melinda B. Pierce said...

Hi! I saw you on the Savvy site and decided to pop by. OMG - I am so jealous that you get to go to KMM's launch. I ordered my signed copy and I hope it gets here this weekend like they promised.

*sigh of extreme jealousy*

But, back to finding enough time to breath, I certainly haven't figured it out. This week I'm modding chats, webinars, doing editpalooza, trying to blog, fit in some reading, and my hubby fusses at me - "if you'd stop all THAT you might get a book written" yeah, but then I would have to stop all THAT, and I don't want to!

Let me know if you figure this time thing out!

Melinda

Suzanne said...

Okay, Dawn, repeat after me (because I've been chanting this mantra since January 2): "My Name is (Insert Name Here), and I am a Workshop Whore." Now, lest you think I'm calling YOU names, I'm only commiserating. I too signed up for Editpalooza (awesome, but OMG) AND a January course by Margie Lawson (300+ pages of notes plus homework) on, ironically, defeating self-defeating behaviors. The #1 SDB I've identified is taking more than one workshop a month, maximum. Writing? What's that? Who's got time to write?

Dawn Chartier said...

Hi Melinda,

I know all about the hubby issue. When I tell him all the things I'm doing, he shakes his head at me.

And come on down to Nola for Fevercon. I'm sure they still have rooms open...

Dawn Chartier said...

Hey Suzanne,

Workshop Whore? ha-ha...Seems true for January 2011. My goals were to learn the craft better. Like you said, OMG! And thank God I didn't see Margie's class posted. That would've been four classes. I keep seeing new ones posted for January and I'm like "Don't do it, Dawn! Don't!

Thanks for stopping by.

Dawn Chartier said...

Ceira,

I got your comment through the email, but for some reason it's not showing up on the blog. No telling...

Anyway, great ideas about writing before work and during lunch at work. That's what I usually do, but haven't lately.

I'll take a class break after these are over. Really. No. Seriously. (grin)

Thanks for dropping by...

Nickie Asher said...

Editpalooza is kicking my ass too. If you find a better way...let us know. Yes, joke. A lot of us are dealing with way too much. And people think writers sit around eating bon-bons. Pft.

Dawn Chartier said...

Good luck with editpalooza, Nickie. We'll make it through - some how...

Thanks for stopping by.

Rachel Lynne said...

Sanity? What is this elusive creature that you speak of?

I'm over my head and sinking fast-- at least I was! Signed up for Bob Mayer's Warrior Writer course. Defined my startegic goal, assigned tactical goals to make the strategic one happen and it's all smooth sailing! (holding back loud snorts and the strong urge to giggle maniacally!)
Sorry Dawn, I have nothing to offer by way of advice :(
Like Melinda, my husband is foolishly throwing his two cents worth around, (and did anyone ask him? I think not!!,) and pointing out the obvious. I'll add my mantra to Suzanne's:
We do what we do because we love what we do, we do what we do because we love what we do ...

Laura said...

Welcome to my life! LOL Totally different agendas, obviously, but I still almost always feel like I do not have enough minutes in the day to accomplish everything I either need or want to accomplish. You are definitely a busy girl, but it sounds like fun!! And btw, one of my things on my to-do list is to visit New Orleans some day. :)

alanarose said...

I'm right there with you sista! That's why you haven't heard from me. Can't wait till Jan is over.
Rachel Firasek

Dawn Chartier said...

Rachel L ~ I took Bob's class too, but ended up dropping out because I didn't have time for it. lol.

Laura ~ Girl, you gotta c'mon down to Nola. Thanks for stopping by.

Rachel F ~ Same here, cp...I might load you down more to look at a few pages...(grin)

Historical Writer/Editor said...

Have fun with your classes! Love the kitty picture. Back in the eighties, as a hard rocker, I used mousse to get my hair that big. :) -laura