I accomplished one of my ROW80 goals yesterday, with the publication of my second paranormal romance novella, Vessel. Fun times! It was a nice day around the house, me hustling around between publishing and the major football event of the year, Oregon’s Civil War between Oregon State (go Beavs!) and University of Oregon (damn Ducks). THEY (damn Ducks) won — by a large margin — for the fourth year running. So it was nice to have something to celebrate in between the brutal beat down. 🙂
I didn’t put fingers to keyboard for any other purpose besides publishing Vessel this week, and I’m happy with that. I pulled back a bit from my ambitious goals at the beginning of Round 4 for precisely that reason. I want to have a happy holiday season with my family, and not have writing be something that stresses me out (too much. LOL.). I’m on board with the marathon concept; writing needs to be part of my life, not something that completely takes over. So far in 2011 I’ve maintained that balance. With the urge to market more — which seems to take tons of time — I’ll have to keep myself in line in 2012. I have small kids, and they’re only small once. So family first!
Congrats to my buddies doing NaNo, it sounds like lots of folks have either won or are right on the edge of it — amazing work! That level of output is inspiring to see.