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Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Spotlight: Anny Cook

Hoo-boy…have you ever made a commitment and then totally forgotten about it? Life just seems to whiz by us at a million miles an hour. And for some reason, the more commitments we make, the faster life comes at us.

How many of us have committed (loudly) to slowing down, smelling the roses, taking time for our families or spouse--only to find ourselves buried deep in the mudpile of new releases, contracted books, promo opportunities and book signings? Is there life after writing?


I'm convinced the number one requirement is some type of calendar. No, don't just look at it! Write stuff in it. Write down all those commitments you make on the spur of the moment. You say you've been invited to a chat? Write it down. You promised to blog for a friend? Write it down. Your book is going to be released next month? Write it down.

Next write down all those “other” commitments you've made…PTA meetings, church, dental and doctor appointments, and that Halloween costume you promised to hem for your grandchild. Um, running out of room? What about those six books you promised to read for friends? Don't forget your daily blog. And the weekly critique group?

When your calendar has more than half of the squares/pages filled, it's time to stop and reassess. Now you might be one of those writers who believe that as long as you have empty squares, it's all good. I just have one word for you. Emergencies.

Emergencies don't know about calendars. Emergencies don't care about your commitments. Emergencies are selfish, self-centered, and impossible to ignore. And they're greedy consumers of our time and emotions. The only way to deal with them is to put them on our calendar. I've noticed they seldom show up if I've planned for them. Contrary little buggers, but there you have it. Plan for an emergency and it just doesn't show up.

That leaves a day or two each week for planning, research, meditation… or writing! After all, that's our primary directive. Unless we manage all those other commitments, time for writing will vanish like the invisible man.

Anny Cook -- Simmering Romance with a Smile
Surpassing Pleasures now at EC
Kama Sutra Lovers now at EC
Rescuing Clarice now at EC
Love Never-Ending now from EC
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22


booklover0226 said...

I put so much on my calendar. If I didn't, I would remember a thing!

Tracey D

Molly Daniels said...

I call my planner 'my brain'. It holds phone numbers, addresses, and most of the appointments. Then there's the 'mini-brain', a pocket calendar in my briefcase. A third 'family brain' is the family calendar above my desk, next to the phone. This gets looked at on a daily basis!

And you're right; emergencies sneak up on you at the darnedest times...NO consideration for already scheduled plans!

Julia Barrett said...

I wish I could remember to look at my calendar! That's my biggest problem. I buy a calendar,make notations, and then never look at the thing! Shaking head...

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Some days I think my entire life is run by Outlook. But you're right about making time for the unexpected!

Amarinda Jones said...

I like to use post it notes and scraps of paper shoved in strategic places...