It’s too sad. How short is this list? Is this becoming a new trend in my life?
Darn well hope not. I mean, one of the best things about being a writer is having an excuse to read all those books. “Research”, my raison d’etre–when I’m not writing, that is.
So what’s my excuse for the paltry list this month?
1. Family commitments–no surprises there.
2. Coordinating the Clendon Award–yep, that was time-consuming on and off, but it’s nearly all over till August, when I get the scoresheets back to post out.
3. A couple of newspaper interviews about my June 1st Red Sage release–what, 3 hours over 3 days? Not too much of a drama, if you don’t count cleaning the house from top to bottom before the reporter arrived ;-).
4. Opening my big mouth at the RWNZ Auckland chapter meeting last month and being conned into doing a workshop–a couple of hours to write it and goodness knows how many more to learn it so I’m not reading from a sheet of paper. (Eek! Haven’t had time to do that yet.)
5. Major reworking of a manuscript–don’t even want to think about the time I spent on that. It’s too painful.
6. Stuffing up majorly and realizing I had 3 different version of aforementioned manuscript–Doh! Let’s not go there. “Beyond Compare” program, you are my savior!
7. Networking on Facebook–far too much time.
8. Thinking up witty things to Tweet on Twitter–ditto.
9. Checking out industry & writing blogs–ditto.
And now I’ve joined a gym and committed to 18 months of 3-4 mornings a week, I get the feeling it’s only gonna get worse. Oh dear. Here’s hoping I can wring a few more hours out of every day to catch up with my must-read pile.
So here, without further ado, is the pathetic testament to my busy life this month. Read it and weep. Believe me, I’m so embarassed I COULD weep!
-Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
-Jinx by Meg Cabot
-Broken by Kelley Armstrong
-Night Keepers by Jessica Andersen
-Graceling by Kristin Cashore
-The Dark Tower by Stephen King