I don’t know what to do with myself, Squiders. The husband and the no-longer-that-small, mobile one have gone on a father/son sort of trip, so aside from some contract work (~4 hours worth) and taking care of the very small, nonmobile one, I have the whole weekend to myself.
It’s been years since I’ve had so little responsibility.
The problem is that there’s so much I could do. Here’s a sampling:
- Writing Activities, including:
- Write this month’s segment for my serial story
- Edit a short story I wrote a few weeks back and get it ready for submission
- Send out a round of short stories to various publications
- Edit my first nonfic book; outline and start writing the next
- Work through a flash fiction writing course
- Brainstorm and outline a series of shorts set in my high fantasy trilogy world
- Work on (and hopefully finish) my out-loud edit of my YA paranormal novel
- Plan out the rest of the year in terms of writing goals and plans
- Marketing Activities, including:
- Catch up on an author marketing podcast
- Work on tweaking the description/summary and Amazon categories for Shards
- Continue putting together my email list
- Figure out if it’s worth it to continue on Patreon or if I should move those benefits to email list
- Work through various marketing books/posts/podcasts/webinars I’ve been hoarding
- Continue poking Pinterest and seeing if I can organize it better
- Non-writing Activities, including:
- Catching up on TV, such as Doctor Who, Deep Space Nine, and others
- Hanging out with friends
- Getting back to my scrapbooking
- Doing puzzles
- Playing computer games
There’s probably more that I’m forgetting. Of course, I can’t get everything done, and I’m a little worried, with so much unstructured time, that I won’t even make a dent. They left at lunch time; this afternoon I’ve taken the car to the dealership (see previous post), picked up a friend’s share of fruit/vegetables from a local farm since they’re out of town, read 50 pages in my current book (The Devil in the White City), and did the final line edit on a short story that will be published on Sept 1. I’ve also half-started a gazillion other things, which doesn’t bode well. Oh, and listened to two and a half episodes of a marketing podcast.
So I need to break things down and focus. Because who knows when I’ll get the chance again?
Suggestions, Squiders? Anything I should do while I’m free?