Reading for pleasure and other things on my mind

Hey guys!  I know it’s been a while since I actually wrote out a blog post.  I do have some guests joining me next week and then in February.  I hope you enjoy their posts/interviews!

But, what I really wanted to write about, I forgot, so I’m writing this instead.  And because this has been weighing on my mind.

As authors, we can get lost in our work and in the fact that we have 100 or so things that need to be done.  But what I tend to forget is that I can’t always let work consume my mind.  I can be lying in bed in the middle of the night and wake up thinking about my extensive To-Do list, new ways to market my books, possible new story ideas, etc etc.  It has gotten to where I can’t sleep well because so many different things are running through my mind.

So, I’ve decided to do something  for myself this year.  I plan on reading books for pleasure, not because I feel like I need to read and review books for my wonderful author friends who I offer up reviews for.  Please do not get me wrong.  I enjoy reading and reviewing books for my friends and acquaintances, but what I don’t enjoy is feeling overwhelmed because I have over-committed myself.  I have a tendency of saying “yes” when I really should be saying “no,” but that’s only because I want to give back to the wonderful people who have helped me in this crazy journey called “being an author.”

I just feel like I owe it to myself, right now, to do something for me.  So, that is why I have made this one New Year’s Resolution, and I’m seeing it through.  Along with a few other resolutions, I have decided to finally read the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I’ve never allotted myself the time to read it because of others obligations.

If you’ve noticed, I sometimes do reviews for authors on here.  But, I’m not a reviewer, and I’m currently not taking unsolicited books for review.  If I want to review your book, I will offer up the review myself.  I’m not trying to be rude.  I’m trying to keep myself from feeling over-whelmed and stressed.

This year, I probably won’t review books unless I choose to write reviews for the books that I want to read and review.  Again, I’m not trying to be rude.  Truly I’m not.  But one of my resolutions is to think more of myself and my health this year, and I’m already too stressed and overwhelmed.  And it’s just the second week of 2013!

So, I hope you guys will understand.  I appreciate you all for coming to me for help when you need, and I’m more than willing to help out in any other way.

For more information on what I will and won’t do for this blog will be under my contact me page.