Last year I blogged through the month of December, chanting to myself, “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor sun, nor avalanche!!!!” and….it. was. so. hard. I was traveling and editing and trying to write and planning to teach at a conference and…*deep breath*
Another thing I noticed was that all of YOU were traveling and trying to write and visiting family and scrambling for Christmas gifts. So we were ALL busy–too busy to write (or read) blog posts.
Thus, the little conscience-cricket of wisdom in my brain chirped to me, “Next year, take December off!”
To give you an idea of what an average month looks like for me, I played with some numbers and kept a list from November. Now, for your enjoyment, I bring you… a month in the life of Nadine. In November I:
- hard-core edited through Fawkes three. full. times. (That’s the equivalent of basically reading, like, 6 books)
- pulled an all-nighter (first one since college. Thank you, writing deadlines.)
- Responded to 117 e-mails (which is a really light month)
- took a 5-day trip to England and back
- read 4 books (not counting Fawkes)
- bought a house (no biggie)
- moved in three days (from not a single box packed to everything in a new house.)
- Took two 20-hour road trips. (For the math challenged, that means 40 hours of driving.)
- took a 9-day trip to Idaho and back
- organized and launched a cover reveal for Fawkes
- wrote 4 blog posts (yes, I skipped a week. No, I can’t even remember why, but I can tell you it was an accident.)
- completed 3 author interviews
- Drank at least 35 cups of tea and 7 chai lattes. (I have a problem. 😬)
- met up and spoke with a high school class to talk A Time to Die.
- got the stomach flu (no, I don’t consider this an accomplishment.)
As you can see….I think I need a break. Therefore, I am being an obedient little Pinocchio and, *hides*, doing what my conscience cricket says.
I will be taking December off from blogging so as to focus on plotting my next book. I know it’s a bit too soon for all of you because Fawkes doesn’t even come out for another 800 years (also known as July 10, 2018). But the life of the author is plotting and writing the next book at least a year (or two) in advance.
Not only that, but Mister Ninja and I are celebrating Christmas, our anniversary, my birthday, my niece’s birthday, New Year’s… and we’re having guests over and I’m writing a new book and I’m teaching at a conference and a Harry Potter movie marathon…*faints* So you see, my December is already spoken for.
I’m just going to wish you a very happy Christmas right here and now. Until next year…Tally ho!
On a scale from 1 stocking to 10 stockings…how much coal do I get for abandoning my blog this month? 😉