If having MS has taught me anything, it’s that I need to insist on breaks when things get overly busy. If I don’t take them, MS will take me out. It’s as simple as that.
After losing an entire month of work because of computer issues last March, I have spent most of April getting back on track.
On top of my usual writing deadlines, I added my additional client presentation project, which takes 20-30 hours every other month, and participated in (and in some cases managed) three events for the book tour.
Throw in the fact that it’s spring and I’m a gardener, and other acts of plowing—through ridiculous vaccine distribution obstacles—have claimed way more time and energy than I have to give.
With MS symptoms I haven’t felt in years creeping in, I need what my neurologist calls “brain rest.”
Working the “gig economy” demands a lot of effort to keep all the working parts moving in harmony with one another.
MS adds an extra obstacle: the hit to my focus, concentration, and organizational thinking—not at all unlike the juggler trying to keep multiple different objects in the air (ball, chainsaw, torch, and banana).
When my brain is that tired and unable to keep up with the ordinary demands of work, that’s when I fall behind and/or make mistakes.
So I’m going to be taking a brief break from the book tour.
My next event takes place the last week of May and it will not be live, but recorded. I’ll send out information on that as soon as the details are finalized (sign up here to receive those updates). It’s going to be great, by the way. A panel discussion among writers who focus on chronic illness topics. Lots of representation and energy.
Beyond May, I have a few events already in the works for June, and one solid event for July.
Beyond that, I will be moving into other kinds of promotional efforts that require less live time planning and execution (such as several podcast opportunities) and some media production of my own (both audio and visual) which I can do when I’m feeling up to it. I also do love doing podcasts, so if you’re a podcaster and you need a guest, drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thank you so much to everyone who has attended and/or participated in one of my events, shared my links with friends, purchased my book, reviewed or helped promote it in some way, or otherwise been supportive of this virtual effort. Your help has made all the difference.
See you later this spring! Enjoy the season and make sure you get your vax, wear a mask, and stay safe!!!!