It is hard being an Author.
Of course, I love it. I love everything about it. Writing, dreaming up new stories and characters, sitting at my desk and getting threatened by new characters if I don't write their stories, creating new worlds and going on new adventures. It's the best job in the world....with the possible exception of pushing buttons with cause explosions of dirt to shoot up into the air. Because when that job becomes available I am snatching it.
There are other things which gets lumped in with the Author title. Things which keep me busy, and things I never seem to get to.
1. Reading. Authors should read. And read a lot. I might read more than most Authors, I usually read a book a week. I try and slow down, but when I walk to work I read, when I eat lunch I read, when I eat dinner I read. I just prefer to read more than watch something. The problem is, I either volunteer to do a ton of beta reading and have to finish eight books in a month, or I have NOTHING to read. There's never a nice in between. I want to get to a point where I can just sit down and enjoy a book, not that I hate the books I beta read, I just don't like to feel rushed when I read. It throws my dyslexia into some kind of overdrive thing and things get crazy.
2. Blogging. Authors should keep up on this sort of thing. Let readers know what is going on with their books. Not only that, I like to read all of your blogs and comment. Blogging alone is hard enough sometimes. When I have time to post I can't think of any ideas of what to post about, and when I have ideas I don't have time to sit down and write. Then commenting...at the end of the day I somehow manage to get everything on my daily lists down, except read and comment on blogs. I am working on this, trying to figure out a way to make it work. I miss reading your blogs.
3. Editing. Ha. Ha.....*Sniffle*...Ha. Editing and I are enemies. We don't get along. Mostly because of my dyslexia. I can write with it, I can read with it. (What happens with me is letters never appear in the right order.) So, while I can write first drafts with ease it is a pain to go back and edit them. I find so many sentences where I wrote something and can't make sense of it.
4. World Building. This one I love, but again, never seem to have time for. And when I do have time I forget about it. I even have a large notebook special for it.
5. Social Media. I'm getting better at this, and by better I mean I will show up on Facebook and Twitter and sprout the strange ramblings which go on inside my head. Keeps everyone amused at least.
6. Keeping up on current books. This I like to do but it can be hard. I've finally worked a method though. I have some Authors I follow and I mostly keep up on their books. I try to read and review them almost as soon as they come out, I sometimes get behind on my reviews but I attempt it as best I can. I like to keep an eye on other Authors' books though, so I know which genres are popular. (I'm waiting for Steampunk to come back, but don't worry, I am not going to wait around to republish Haphazardly Implausible. It would just be nice if Steampunk was big when I published it.)
All of this could keep me busy, the kind of full time job busy, but since I can't pay my rent on a full time job which doesn't pay yet, I try and do all the full time work between my other jobs. It helps that I'm one of those people who doesn't need eight or more hours of sleep.
That is all. I am going to try and get some editing done before it gets too much later.
Quote is from Mulan