Monday, September 30, 2013

Balancing Act - Life, PhD, Writing, and new Manuscript!

Why hello there! It's been awhile. I realized at the beginning of summer that I was going to have to start prioritizing my activities if I wanted to finish my dissertation and still enjoy my trip back to the states for my sister's wedding. So as you can see based on the timing of my last blog post, I took a little Blog/Twitter hiatus. 

To be honest I was hitting a bit of a wall in terms of bloggy content. Does that ever happen to you? I felt like I had written about a lot of the writing related topics I wanted to, and I was even feeling too stressed to write up my book reviews. So I just decided to take a break. Some people are great at consistently posting things to their blog, but I have to be really driven by a topic, and I just  ... wasn't.

Now that I'm back from the daze of dissertation defending, and officially graduating (yay!!) I'm back in novel writing mode. Well editing mode technically.

The good news about taking my little hiatus is that I did all the things I set out to accomplish:

  • Defended PhD dissertation!
  • Spent great quality time with my fam 
    • who live so far from me now =(
  • Survived my first two trimesters without too many nervous breakdowns
    • had no idea how much anxiety pregnancy could cause!
  • Finished my new YA Sci-Fi Manuscript!

So all in all, I'm very pleased with the outcome. But I've missed you!

How do you deal with too many things on your plate? What's the first to go? Do you ever get blogger-block? Get overwhelmed with blog reading/writing? With Twitter? What are your tricks for achieving a balance?


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