A little cheese with my whine…

I need to vent. I know my situation isn’t unique and honestly, I am confident that others are going through this. I am putting it out there so that others know they aren’t alone.

I just need to get this off my chest and I will move on…

Here it goes: Being a self-published children’s author is really tough.

This is my current situation:

2 kids, 2 dogs, 6 chickens, 1 traveling husband, 1 job, 1 house that needs cleaning, 1 published book that needs promoting, 1 edited book that I am trying to illustrate, 2 un-edited manuscripts that need work before I send them off, 3 Social media accounts that need to be interesting and engaging, 1 mystery novel poking around my brain and 1 neglected blog.

This is the life of a writer. I know this. I CHOSE this. Sometimes it gets overwhelming and I need you to know that. My hope that someone out there is reading this and thinking “I’m so glad it’s not just me!” This is why I’m sharing. It’s cathartic to get this all typed up and out of my brain. I am in desperate need of the headspace, so I’ve got to clear it out.

My biggest frustration right now is trying to illustrate ‘Go Play’ I am having a real tough time with it. I’m not an illustrator, but I can’t afford one. I pieced ‘Sam Likes Jam’ pretty well, but I don’t think it’s going to happen with this book.  So I’ll just practice and press on…

I recently bought a passion planner. I think it’s going to help me keep my thoughts and to-do list organized. I tend to lose focus, but this is something I am actively working on. It’s just hard when a lot of things seemingly need your immediate attention.

Anyway, I shall keep plugging away. Some days will be more productive than others and I just need to focus and keep riding the wave.

Until next time!

-Niki

 

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