Sometimes it feels like my worst enemy is time.
I work forty hours a week to pay the bills. On my weekends I work at least another sixteen hours on my writing career, not to mention that I try to get in a half hour to forty-five minutes before I head off to work and an hour or two when I get home. Two or three times a week I got to the gym and work on editing on of my books while I work out on the treadmill. I have so much to do and so little time to do it in. I think I’ve sacrificed a lot to my writing career over the past year. Time is a limited commodity. To find time to work on writing/editing/promoting, you have to take time from some other part of your life. For me, that was my social life. Sadly, I’m beginning to wonder if this is why so many writers are hermits.
Here’s how a typical week breaks down for me:
- 7 days times 24 hours = 168 hours in a week
- 168 minus 40 hours at work = 128 hours
- 8 hours sleep a night times 7 days = 56 hours
- 128 hours minus 56 hours sleep = 72 hours
- Getting ready for and driving to and from work = 8 hours
- 72 hours minus driving = 64 hours
- Going to the gym = 3 hours
- 64 minus 3 = 61 Hours
- Working on JG Novels on weekends = 16 Hours
- 61 minus 16 = 45 Hours
- Working on JG Novels during the week = 10 Hours
- 45 minus 10 = 35 Hours
- Eating (estimating 15 minutes a meal) = 5.25 hours
- 35 minus 5.25 = 29.75 Hours
- Shopping/running errands = 2 Hours
- 29.75 minus 2 hours = 27.75 Hours unaccounted for.
This leaves 3.89 hours a day to do things like watch TV or a movie, read a book, decompress after work, go on Facebook, go to the movies, talk to friends, visit my parents, doctors’ appointments. Now let’s also remember …. I’m single. Imagine if I had to factor in time for a boyfriend or husband!
Anyway, on to more important matters.
Yes, to celebrate the new look of my first novel, the first in The Purity of Blood Series, I’ve created a special on Amazon this weekend and IT’S FREE! So check it out.
THE PURITY OF BLOOD: VOLUME ONE … Sara Donnelly was completely unprepared for what she found when she arrived in the small college town of New Paltz. Leaving her family behind to begin a new chapter of her life in the Catskills of New York State, Sara hoped to escape the horrors of her past in the unfamiliar surroundings of her new life as a student. But nothing of this new world is what it seems at first glance, especially when it comes to her mysterious professor and his devastatingly handsome teaching assistant, Daniel.
Daniel, the brooding loner who hides from the world finds he can’t hide from Sara … or the sirens call of her blood.
You see, the blood that runs through Sara’s veins isn’t quite like everyone else’s. It’s only through her unusual blood that Sara discovers that her family’s ancient past is the future that’s awaited her in New Paltz all along. Shortly after her arrival, Sara will not only be forced to confront the horrors of her childhood, but everything she’s ever believed about the world she lives in as well. It’s along this journey of discovery that both men unexpectedly find their way into her heart, but for very different reasons.
With a fiery spirit to match her flaming head of red hair, Sara finds her family’s unique history colliding with her present day in ways that even a genealogist such as herself could never have conceived. After all, who could possibly imagine vampires walking out of the pages of novels and into your heart?
The first in Jennifer Geoghan’s wildly popular The Purity of Blood series, the story of Sara and Daniel continues in Purity Lost and three other continuing novels.
I’ve just recently started working on my own novel and I feel like all my free time that isn’t work/school/house-work/social time goes towards my novel. The saying “there isn’t enough hours in the day” certainly comes to mind.
Amen! I find that it all comes down to setting goals for yourself. This weekend I have about 5 things I really want to complete. When I get to pull the sticky notes off my mirror saying that each one is done. It’s a great feeling and helps me manage my time well. – Jennifer
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