Scaling Back the Juggling Act

Back in September, I wrote a post called Planning by the Seat of my Pants.

It listed my writing goals for the final months of 2012. Well … those months have passed, and it’s time to reflect and share some news about goal-setting and the direction of this blog.

I’m happy to say I’ve accomplished most of what I set out to do in 2012. I now have eight books in the marketplace—three collections, and five short stories. You can find them here.

US | UK | Canada | Germany | France | Japan | Italy | Spain

I’ve blogged continuously since Nov. 2010 and have taken every opportunity to highlight others via an author/artist interview, author promotion, or sharing their work via all available social networks. This, in turn, has connected me to wonderful authors, filmmakers, and creative people from all walks of life. They are not simply virtual acquaintances; many have become good friends.

I’ve juggled writing, promoting my work, and promoting others’ work non-stop for over two years. Why? Because I’m a huge believer in supporting work I like—plain and simple. For a full-time writer like me, writing is a business, and like all businesses, we need a strong support network to grow, thrive, and continue.

Have I done it correctly? I don’t know. What are the benchmarks?

The number of Twitter followers? The number of friends on Facebook? The number of reviews on our books?

Though I agree these criteria are important, they are only part of the juggling act. Ultimately, as a business, my efforts must translate into sales of my books. That means, I need to continue writing and juggling. I can’t afford to discard even one ball … but perhaps I don’t need to juggle so quickly … and I don’t have to accept the bowling pins people throw in my direction.

juggler

I have three major goals for 2013.

  • Put out a full-length novel
  • Release the four novellas of Spring into Summer separately
  • Revamp my website and blog

I’m also helping friends with a major fundraiser in the city, and for the third year running, I’ll be on the jury for the Feminist Porn Awards (hard work, but someone’s got to do it).

All this to say, my professional goal for 2013 is not to stop what I’ve been doing, but to scale back certain activities to fit everything in—the main one being this blog. I’ll be reducing the number of blogs per month in order to keep up with the high quality of posts you’ve come to expect.

Check out January’s schedule.

I leave for a holiday shortly, where I’ll catch up on my reading. As always, your comments—good, bad, or otherwise are welcome, and please accept my sincere gratitude for your continued support.

eden

 

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25 responses to “Scaling Back the Juggling Act

  1. Eden, i too find it really challenging to do it all… i fall down frequently on one or another piece of my own bigger puzzle. it’s okay, i forgive myself and keep going. sounds like you have some exciting goals and are being thoughtful and forthright about how to accomplish them. i say yippee! and happy new year!

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  2. Good luck for 2013, hun. I had to cut back my personal blogging posts to once a week. My writing, marketing, and support of other authors had become a rushed item, and I had to take a step back and look at what I wanted to do more often. Now I have a balanced life.

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  3. The energy of people like you always amazes me.

    As Glynis says, things can get rushed. Some people like things that way… the inertia of it, I think… but I have to poke along at my own pace.

    Do what’s right for you, Eden, and enjoy the ride.

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  4. finding balance is the trickiest part 😉 you do an amazing job of covering all the bases – much better than I could ever ever do! my hat’s off to you for your success and I’m sure you will reach whatever goals you set for yourself this year, and every year going forward

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  5. Lance

    I wrote something similar a couple of days ago titled “Bad Habits.

    I’m so proud of what you accomplished. You’re one of my main writing inspirations and a great friend to talk writing with.

    Good luck in the ’13, ace.

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  6. It’s fantastic that you have achieved so much during 2012 Eden and that you have taken the time to help authors like myself along the way. I think you are right to take stock and make changes, l must do that myself as it is indeed a juggling act and for me writing usually gets pushed to the backburner. I wish you continued success in 2013!

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  7. Eden. I have found you can do anything you decide to do! I look forward to your novel and your support. You are a special lady!

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  8. I wish you all the best for 2013, Eden. Keep doing what you love to do and what you’re already best at. What you get by achieving goals, to quote from Henry David Thoreau, is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

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  9. A lot of time management goes into writing, not to mention motivation. Well done with your 2012 goals and wishing you the best of luck with your 2013 goals. 🙂

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  10. You’ll be busy as it is through the year!

    Hard work judging feminist porn, huh?

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  11. Sweet pea, I support your decision 100 percent. Modern life as writers has us stretched so thin. I’ve come to a similar decision, and when I have the time (LOL), I’ll be announcing it in a blog. Congratulations on your brilliant success in 2012! Much love.

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  12. I totally understand your decision, Eden. It’s such a time-consuming task and it can be really dispiriting, at the end of the day, to have written so much in blogs and on social media, then realise that the page of passion-writing is still empty. I need to take a similar approach with my own work. xoxox

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