Friday, September 16, 2011

Read an Interview With Vicky Hernandez & Giveaway!

Check out Christy's Love of Books blog! She's managed to score an awesome interview with our very own Vicky Hernandez, of Bloody Little Secrets. Get to know her a little better and if you're lucky, you might even win a free copy!

Balancing Writing & Work

Is it possible to to borrow Hermione's Time Turner? If someone could please make me one I'd be forever grateful! For those of you who don't know what my day job is, I'm a high school teacher. That means I'm up at 5 AM and if I'm lucky at school by 7 AM, which usually means 7:10 or so. School lasts from 7:30-2:45. I usually make it home (due to lovely construction and after picking up my daughter) at 4. Then it's time to change, figure out dinner (I don't cook), clean up from dinner, bathe kidlet and get her to bed. Where oh where do I fit in writing? Did I forget to mention I'm also taking an online Spanish class and my husband is in law school three nights a week?

One night this week I wrote after my daughter went to bed, from 8-9-ish and then had to stop to get ready for bed. Yeah, I'm old, I need to try and be in bed before 10:30 because 5 AM comes so early. But I've come up with a new plan, because writing one night a week and squeezing in a little time at lunch just isn't cutting it. I'm going to attempt tomorrow, Saturday, to escape to my Harry Potter room for two hours and do some writing. I have to. I really want to get Darkness Rising finished and if I don't really find or make time, it will take forever. Not good.

If that doesn't work, next Saturday I'll make a break for Panera or Caribou, or maybe even my mom's house. It's clear that during the week it will be super difficult to write this year. I'll just have to be more creative with my time. But, it still goes to show it can be done. So don't fret if you have a busy schedule. If you want to write that book, you will find or make that time.  

And the good news is, I'm about 20% in to Darkness Rising. If I can make enough time for a small goal, maybe 5,000 words a week, I may be able to finish the first draft in 8 weeks, sometime in November, and still be on target for my Winter 2012 release. I'll also probably put out The Green around that time or right after and then get to work on the Into the Shadows Trilogy finale, maybe coming sometime later in 2012.

In the meantime, if someone could just get me that Time Turner, I could get everything done just a bit quicker!!!