So most of you probably know that I'm pregnant. This is my fourth baby, so you'd think by now I'd know what I'm getting myself into, but I've got to admit, this pregnancy is kicking my patoot. I have never, ever been so tired. I could easily get 16 hours of sleep a day and still be a walking zombie.
But, despite the pregnancy, I'm trying to do a lot of things, like:
-Write a novel
-Potty-train a 2-year-old
-Keep my kids fed and clothed
-Harvest and weed my way too big vegetable garden
-Read 100 books this year
-Keep my house clean enough so the neighbors won't call social services
-Host birthday celebrations for the kids
-Blog and read blogs
-Dog-sit two barky, chewy, diggy monster dogs
-Take food to sick neighbors
-Beta read for friends
-Help my grandparents house hunt
-Take my kids to swim lessons, play groups, the park, etc. (when it's 90+ degrees outside)
It's a little too much--I'm not going to lie. I'm exhausted. I need rest.
So as of today, I've decided to let some things go. The garden WILL be weedy and there will be spinach that goes to seed and strawberries that get eaten by birds. The house WILL be messy, though hopefully not unsanitary. Sick neighbors WILL have to make their own food (or have it delivered by someone else). No more dog-sitting for the rest of the summer.
And blogging, oh blogging... I hate to do it, but I'm going to mostly unplug through the end of July. I'm writing a really fun little manuscript right now and I feel like I should focus any free time, that isn't used on sleep, on that. I will try to stay in touch through Twitter, so I hope you'll all check in there.
But, the good news is at the end of July I'm going to RWA in Orlando with my writing group girls Karen Hooper, Marie Devers, and Megan Rebekah. I'm also going to meet my agent, Sara Megibow, for the first time (I am so excited about this!). So come August I should have some really fun things to blog about.
Do you have too much going on? Do you ever have to pull back on commitments to keep your sanity?
Oh, and the final Critique a Week winner is Melissa! Melissa, I'll email you later today with details.
*As of Tuesday, June 29, Sara will no longer be accepting referrals from the blog post earlier this month. Thank you to everyone who sent queries and partials. Sara said she read some excellent queries and pages and even requested a few full manuscripts. She'll probably do another guest post soon--so there will be something on the blog in July :)--about what worked and what didn't. Thanks again!