I’m overwhelmed. I can’t think. I can’t plan. I don’t have writer’s block; that’s never happened to me, but something is going on. Something else.

60 years agoAmong the many tasks of ordinary daily living, I am also trying to convert an eBook to print. It’s okay. I know what to do and it’s ready except for the cover and the illustrations. To do the cover properly, I’m trying to transfer my graphics skills to Adobe Photoshop from Corel Photopaint. The learning curve is higher than I expected. I’m hiring out the interior illustrations to my grandson, and haven’t yet seen how they are going.

My author website http://halleson.com/ needs to be revised to incorporate responsive design so that it can be seen more easily on smart phones. I’ve always used Dreamweaver so that part is okay, but I want to try learning Adobe Muse so that all future updates can be more efficiently done. I’ll start that as soon as I get a handle on Photoshop.

I had two new books published in 2013 and the marketing of them is suffering. All authors, whether independently or traditionally published must market and sell their own books or the job just doesn’t get done. I know how to do this, but just can’t find the time to stay on top of it. I keep trying to organize and re-organize to make myself get to it on a regular basis. People who read my books like them, but word-of-mouth marketing is super-slow, and I don’t want to depend on that.

The next novel in my God’s Child stories is aching to get written, prodding me, making me HURT. I know where the setting will be and have glimpses of the evil that protagonist Silje Reiersen will have to confront. Silje is dying to get started on this next journey, and doesn’t want the the author’s boring marketing tasks to delay her coming alive again.

I do book reviews at GoodReads.com. Since I’m a fast reader and love stories of all kinds, this is a joy. Supposedly, I’m in the top 1% of their reviewers. I read in bed before I go to sleep and in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. Finding time for this is not a problem.

Blogging is important, and trust me, I’ve got plenty to say. So just DO IT Halleson!  Stop procrastinating.

I’d like to get my drawing skills up to par. It’s all spread out on the dining room table.

I began taking piano lessons last summer, and work at squeezing in the practice time.

Since I’m more or less elderly, I sleep a lot.

My eyes glaze over when anybody tells me in detail how busy they are, so I really try to avoid doing that to anyone else. Especially, I’m less than tolerant of writers who whine about how tough their lives are. Yeah, me too. It was never an easy thing to be a person who MUST write, yet constantly struggles with the doing of it.

I know I ought to focus. I know I ought to narrow down my interests to free up time for writing, but I also know that I’m highly unlikely to do that. I refuse to give up a single thing. I will NOT. My father always told me that I was stubborn. Why should I prove him wrong?

Thanks to all of you who suffered through this long discourse of frustration. I believe the solution is to do a little of each of my projects each day. Just a little moves each one forward. (Did I mention that I do mending for family members and sewing for myself?)  The biggies, such as writing the next novel will get more time each day, much more time. There I said it. I wrote it down. Now I am committed. I must begin the next novel right now and finish it in a timely fashion.

Watch for the next God’s Child novel toward the end of the year, right after I return from a trip to Norway to visit the land of my ancestors.

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