The Things I’ve Learned This Week

This week was my first full week totally focused on this new venture as an “official” novelist. I’m working on my trilogy, focusing this week on the first one (Sapphire Ice) and the third one (Topaz Heat). Sapphire publishes this month. I’ve been working on final edits, getting feedback from a set of beta readers, writing the blurb, and working with the cover artist. Gregg has been researching how to publish it and all of the details and nuances involved within that big giant convoluted world (he sends me technical articles in emails titled, “Stuff I Read So That You Don’t Have To” — and when I skim through them I’m reminded of how much I love and adore my husband), and tweaking this blog.

On Topaz, I’ve been filling in the holes after the first draft, re-writing chapters, and fluffing out thoughts and feelings in scenes.  I could do that all day long, really.  I love writing.

I’ve also been trying to create a web presence as Hallee Bridgeman, Novelist, as opposed to Hallee the Homemaker. Which requires reading and commenting on author blogs as opposed to homemaker blogs, working the Facebook and Twitter scene as Hallee Bridgeman instead of Hallee the Homemaker, and learning how Google+ operates.

I’ve learned a few things this week:

  1. This is a full time job.  So are parenting and my homemaking duties coupled with our natural, home prepared, non-processed diet.  Sleep is quickly becoming a luxury.
  2. Social networking is a massive mega time sucking machine. I think I’m spending 4 hours a day just doing that, and it probably isn’t enough. But, it’s all I can afford at this time.
  3. My tailbone is still broken, which makes the all of this sitting and working difficult.  And painful.  Which makes me have to get up often.  Which pleases the children and does aid in the whole homemaking aspect of my day.
  4. No matter how much time I spend on the computer, my family still generates the same amount of laundry every.single.day.  It’s like a disease or something.
  5. My cover artist, Debi Warford, is the most amazing woman on the planet. She took what we wanted and gave us exactly what we wanted even better than we knew we wanted it.
  6. Blurb writing pretty much sucks.
  7. My Klout score has become something of a fascination to me. I’m still not sure what that’s all about.
  8. Strangely, I like Google+ way better than Facebook.  And, I get annoyed when I have to go get on Facebook off of Google+.  I still couldn’t sit down and tell you why, I just know it’s so.
  9. I no longer have any real time to play on Pinterest.  I really miss it.  I may need to pour a fresh cup of coffee, grab a muffin, and spend some time there one day this weekend.
  10. I am suddenly extremely nervous — like, a bride on her wedding day nervous.  In a way, I want to back out, and in a way I can’t wait for this book to publish.

What’s your week been like?

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5 Responses to The Things I’ve Learned This Week

  1. CeCe says:

    Oh, yes– Google + is so much more user friendly in my opinion. Much more control over who views your comments/posts.

  2. Missy Tippens says:

    It’s a crazy life, isn’t it? 🙂

    I cracked up about the laundry. It’s so true!!

  3. Angela says:

    My family has a saying about laundry: “Laundry is like the poor. Jesus said that you will always have the poor with you. Laundry is just like that.” I have a friend that says, “Every time I do laundry, I think about how RICH I am that I have to wash all these clothes!!” 🙂

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