I am no longer jetlagged. Well, actually, I could happily lay in bed for another couple of hours, but that’s just a result of having to get up early. Jetlagged, no. And my cold has gone away.
Unfortunately, these things have only been exchanged for the return of my day-job. Yes, it’s true. Classes have begun once again and I must dedicate a portion of each day into doing something for the progression of my MSc. Mostly, this includes research for my dissertation, but I also have to read for my classes and prepare papers that, annoyingly, are all due in April.
No more can I spend each day writing my novels, preparing YouTube videos, doing “research” (ahem, reading) and wandering around with no demands on my schedule. I will still be writing. I have a novel to finish and another to prepare for publication. I have blog posts to write. YouTube videos to make. I love doing all of those things and so I will keep doing them.
My schedule, though, has become slightly more tight. I will have to, hmm, prepare things accordingly.
Ironically, because I’m a pantser, this means that I don’t plan out every hour of the day. I am organised. I like plans. But only for certain things. I would break an hourly schedule within a day. I’m not only a panster, but I have a few authority issues and even when the authority is me, an hourly schedule is just begging to be broken. I can, however, make to-do lists of things that must be completed. That gives me enough leeway to do things when I want, how I want. No authority issues involved.
I suppose I’m writing all of this to let you know that, if you are working on a writing project and doing something else full time, you’re not alone. It is possible. It requires some creative scheduling and a whole lot of tea (or your drink of choice). But we can do this. We’re writers, after all. If we can’t be creative with out schedules, then that doesn’t bode well.
Full-time job or busy life, doesn’t matter.