Seems like not a whole lot of business gets done this final week of the year, even though you still may be on the job like me.
Sure, my team at my romance-fiction blog RomanceBuytheBook.com is on “staycation” this week. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still hard at work, diligently reading as many novels as possible, nose-to-the-ink-stone intent on culling the best romances to share with you.
That I’m doing it sprawled on my couch doesn’t lessen the legitimacy of my work. I’ll have you know many folks believe pajamas not only qualify as business casual, but aver the wearing of them continuously more than three days is an environmentally sound practice.
Yet a steady diet of reading has its downside, and I’ve often wondered whether other BN.com readers, bloggers and mods have similar issues. First, I read so many books so quickly, that I get titles, characters, settings, etc., confused. And like a kid who crams for tests, I forget everything almost immediately after “The End.” So I always look – or at least feel -- like an idiot when you have to fill in blanks for me after I ask, “What was that romance by that author with the hero and heroine who fall in love, but break up before they get together in the end?”
Next, I have a hard time finding a balance between writing/blogging-related work, family responsibilities and reading. With deadlines to meet – and coordination/editing of my own blog team – sometimes I’m absolutely crazed to read some romance because I haven’t had time to for an entire day or so. Forget romance. Simply as a life-long, unabashedly bookish girl, that is entirely unacceptable.
Perhaps you’re thinking my work woes are laughable and you’d happily be tossed in my briar patch for no compensation. Yet maybe you love books so much – and take your reading so seriously – that you experience issues similar to mine. So share with me, please:
How do you find balance between the necessity to read and real-life responsibilities?