But sadly, this isn't my reality.
My reality involves getting up every weekday at six o'clock am, if I can sleep in, and heading to work at a school where I wear multiple hats in any given day, expected to do multiple jobs and be really good at them. Not to mention please 40+ adults at once, plus the students. If I'm lucky I get home in under eleven hours of the work day. I'm usually so drained I barely make it to the gym, let alone able to cook dinner or go out and socialize with friends. Usually I collapse and end up reading or watching TV in bed until I go comatose before ten. Then I start it all over again the next day. The weekends are filled getting supplies for the week ahead to teach with, updating my website for school, emailing parents, other teachers and administration with information they need to know and working on lesson plans for the upcoming week. The thought of being creative and actually writing something rarely enters my head. And yet, I want to do that--that's what I would prefer to be doing. It's just not in the cards with the schedule that I have and the job that I do. That's why on breaks like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break and summer I'm writing at a furious pace, trying like hell to get a book or two completed before my fantasy life dissolves and my real life resumes. Therefore things like social media and self-promotion tend to take a backseat, which really kills me, I know. My publisher wants me to promote more; my agency probably wishes I did as well. But I have to pick which life I can handle on any given day and generally I can't balance both lives at the same time. It's really hard.
So my New Year's Resolution is to take more time for both lives, as well as myself. This is the first holiday break in two years that I didn't kill myself trying to write the whole time and then miss out on my time off. I was able to declutter the house, clean, organize, run errands, shop for work, spend time with family and friends and the stress left. It was nice. However, I didn't spend the time like a good author on social media or writing and I know I'll have to make that time up somehow, somewhere, but right now? Right now I'll sit with a glass of wine and work on my Goodreads challenge. I have 8 books to go before midnight tomorrow and that's the only goal I have on my mind right now.
Happy 2016, blogsophere! It was a great 2015, but let's see if we can't make my two worlds collide a little bit better this coming year.