I always joke that I need an extra hour in my day. The truth is, I need like, five.
I have a lot of writing-related stress that would improve if I had more time. Such as:
- completing my current WIP
- working on another WIP planned for this year
- revising a previously written WIP (all the beta-crits are in--just have to do the fixing)
- dealing with soon-to-be edits on the Fountain
- playing with the idea of two other projects that have been dancing around in my imagination
- try to get a few poems published this year
- finish a family history project I've been delaying for years
There's also family/job/teaching/hubbytime/makingbreakfast/writingworkshop/friends/sleep/exercise/blogging/twitter/facebook/bills/finances/dentist/eyedoctor/leakykitchenceiling/makinglunch/ yardstuff/pinterest/ gardening/goodreads /don'tforgettocall mom/pickup allergyprescriptions/ stainthedeck/makingdinner/groceryshopping/gas/oilchange /repairthecarbumper /theveryactive antprobleminthekitchen /compost/throwawaythebadmushroomexperiment/etc.
Do you have a headache now? Yeah, me too. Sorry about that.
My to-do list is endless and somewhere in there, I'm in the twisty intestines of that tornado called life.
The truth is, I'm in one of the most active, most amazing, most busy times of my life and there is not much I actually want to change. I've cut down my work hours for writing; I'm happy with the social networking platform I've built and I'm not willing to ditch any of it yet; and I'm writing as much as I can. My family is thriving and healthy, and I'm trying to be there for the other people in my life who need me.
It's a lot. I lose a ton of sleep. There are minor and major freak-outs that occur on a semi-regular basis. Am I balanced? Not really. But being on the edge of chaos is the price paid for living in my world.
I have a favorite New Yorker cartoon that shows two office guys in a hallway. The caption summarizes me and my life pretty well. It reads, "I can't complain, but I do."
Lydia Kang is a writer, part-time doctor, and salt-addicted gal with a near-pathological need to doodle. Her YA sci-fi book, THE FOUNTAIN (title to change) is coming Summer 2013 (Dial Books for Young Readers).
Find her on Twitter, her blog The Word Is My Oyster, Goodreads, Facebook, and Pinterest. And yes, that's about all the social media she can handle. For now.