I take a two week blogging hiatus and suddenly my blog has more hits than ever before (thanks to a certain photo of Tim Riggins, clearly, an in-demand kind of thing). I've found myself a bit overwhelmed with stuff to do after starting my new jobs. I had to run over to a delightful stationary store this morning in order to get more organized. My to-do lists scrawled in my too-small yearly organizer were too much to handle, so I've gone ahead and bought a much bigger organizer for 2011 and a supplementary, beautiful clairefontaine notebook to get me by until then.
The struggle has switched from finding a balance between writing (and everything that goes along that while trying to get published) and reading my committee work, to still trying to find time for those things now that I'm settling in at my two new jobs, which add up to 40 hours a week. A challenge indeed but one that I am up to!
Whenever I start to think about how it will be hard to find time for everything, I think about my alter-ego, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, who has managed to write many books while in college and graduate school. She makes me (and many other people) look like complete slackers.
Anyway, hoping to get some of the reading under control this weekend, taking advantage of the fact that the Red Sox are pretty much certainly out of the playoffs. Ideally, I'd like to finish 4 books this weekend, go apple picking, write at least 10 pages on my new WIP so I have SOMETHING for critique group next week, and watch Temple Grandin. Probably will need to back away from the computer to make it all happen.