Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Stress... Good or bad?

Hi, everyone,
I'm thinking about stress today. Not just the usual day to day stuff...although that can be a pain in the butt too... No, I'm thinking more about the extra stuff we heap on ourselves.

Is there good stress? I think so. The stress of a new release, for instance! Yes, there are blog tours and giveaways, and fortunately Sourcebooks has a wonderful publicist that takes care of a lot of that. (Thank you, Beth!) This brings up one of my latest discoveries for alleviating stress... Delegating!
I'm the woman behind the Fall in Love with New England Romance Reader/Author conference. Yup. I invented it.
www.fallinlovewithnewengland.com That was back when I was between contracts and had all kinds of time to arrange everything. Enter a new 5 book contract a few months before the conference! Eek! Talk about stress! But you know what? That's all good stress too.

Fortunately, I have friends. Lots of author friends who wanted this to succeed stepped up and volunteered to help--I didn't even have to ask! Bless you, Dalton Diaz, Ana E. Ross, Nora LeDuc, Marianne Rice, Robin Stone, and Christina Tetrault!

Last year at about this time, I was a mess. So many details! So little time. This year, I feel fairly serene, because--you guessed it--I'm delegating!

My husband is going through something similar... He has always wanted to be a helicopter pilot. He saved up for lessons and probably expected to be all trained and ready to solo in a few weeks. Nope.
Weather cancellations and a much harder learning curve than expected have dragged it out several months.

As you might expect, we're commiserating and complaining, but we wouldn't think of giving up!
Is there something in your life that is causing good stress? Some labor of love? Please share so we can all commiserate together!

One lucky commenter will win a signed book! 

10 comments:

  1. I am stressing about have the time to do my wonderful blog like getting everything up on time plus just started writing a book of my own then wondering if someone will like it.

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    1. Wow! That is stressful. I remember it well. :)

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    2. Hey, Barbara! You won!!
      email me with your choice of book! If I have it, it's yours! Be sure to let me know if you'd like it signed to you or someone else.

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  2. Stress gets me motivated lol. I got a job because we needed the money but now I'm glad because it gets me out of the house. My mom got moved to assisted living so when not working I visit her which I should have done more often. We're also selling her house so if I want to keep any mementos or heirlooms (well to me anyway lol) I need to start getting rid of my own clutter. Very stressful but satisfying!

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  3. stress to get all the books read that i want to read. it seems like my pile keeps getting bigger and bigger... lol and also helping my kids pare down their "belongings" in order for them to move soon.

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    1. LOL. I can relate, except for one thing...I've given up on getting through my TBR pile. I will die with unread books.

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  4. I stress about just getting things done. Can't even imagine having book deadlines. I feel for you authors. Your poor hubby :(. Hope he gets up in the air soon!

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! Yup. I call deadlines 'dreadlines!' LOL

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  5. And the winner is... Barbara Burdette!
    Thanks for reading and commenting, everyone!

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