Inside the Author? Popcorn!

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PopcornBehind the book Say It Out Loud is a very crazy author! I’m forty-two days from my pub date, and nine days from my daughter’s wedding. I’ve taught children with special needs my whole life, but I never dreamed I’d be needing strategies for my own mind going haywire. I’m quite sure this is what ADD feels like.

Each day I wake up and my thoughts are like a bag of microwave popcorn popping. I won’t bore you with the wedding details, but if any of you have had a daughter get married you know exactly what kernels are popping related to that. As they continue to pop, more kernels explode with Facebook, Twitter, launch team, Goodreads, emails, publicist, swag materials, book launch, book order, and blog post, sprinkled over them. Within minutes my mind is like a perfectly popped bag, puffed full to the top with a bit of steam seeping out.

Next comes the decision-making process. What do I tackle first? If I take on my MOB (that’s Mother of the Bride) role I can accomplish something significant, but then feel guilty that the “book work” is being pushed aside. If I take on my author role—which takes a whole lot more organization and thought, I get anxious that the wedding day will be here and nothing will be quite ready.

So what’s the solution? Well, I’m still trying to figure that out. My thirty-three years in special education taught me how to organize, strategize and meet goals. It just isn’t so easy when it involves the two most important events of my life: my book release and my daughter’s wedding. My plan is to set a daily goal for each event before I go to bed. If this works, when I wake up there should only be two kernels popping around in my head. Once the goals are accomplished I can check them off my list and decide what I want to do with the remainder of my day. That night I’ll set two more goals for the next day.

ToDoIf my plan works, on September 5th a beautiful bride will have the wedding she’s dreamed of, and by October 7th Say It Out Loud will be released with a bang! Not the microwave popcorn bag kind of bang but a well-organized, publicized, filled-with-pride kind of bang.

When life feels overwhelming, isn’t it easy to get nothing done and hard to see that checking even one thing off a list will bring some relief? Try setting simple goals, making lists, and ticking things off one at a time.

That’s my plan–but if you have another suggestion, I’d love to hear from you. Roberta

If you haven’t guessed already, my writing goal  today was to get this blog post written—CHECK! Now off with my daughter to pick up the gown!

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