Aloha & Happy New Year: Let’s Talk Multi-Tasking

Happy new year to you all.  Hope yours has gotten off to a fabulous start.

It’s a wonderful time of the new year for me!  I’m getting to spend it in Kauai, and although I do have a book deadline that’s barreling down on me, I’m getting to mix  business with pleasure.  Now granted, like most writers, it’s hard for me to completely separate myself from my writing at any given moment (one downside of being able to take a laptop anywhere, I suppose) but in the end, “It’s all good.”  Maybe it’s the relaxed, “be happy” vibe of Hawaii rubbing off on me (I did get to build sand castles with my youngest yesterday) but I’m feeling pretty good about my ability to multitask.  To show you what I mean about mixing business with pleasure, I thought I’d share what I’ve been managing to squeeze in between walks on the beach.

Writing, of course, including writing this post, but I also managed to interview one of my all-time favorite authors before the New Year’s Eve fireworks began.  My video interview with Rhyannon Byrd just went up on the Happy Ever After romance blog at USA Today.  You can check us out here:

I’ve also been promoting my sweet and sexy contemporary romance, Bedding The Wrong Brother.  I recently redid the cover and gave the book a new title, and it’s pretty amazing the difference it’s made.  I normally write pretty dark, but despite being proud of this sweeter, funnier story, it never really took off.  That’s the beauty of indie books–if something’s not working, you can experiment with new looks, new names, etc.  The great reward is getting emails by happy readers who never would have found me otherwise, and frankly, that gives me motivation to write when insecurities set in.  Here are pics of the old and new covers.  I liked the first, but I LOVE the second.


Finally, I’ve been doing research.  I watched Les Mis.  Despite not being able to swim and being terrified of the water, I clung to my husband long enough to dip my face in the ocean and see some pretty fish.  I’ve been checking out the local cuisine and how long it takes to get rid of a farmer’s tan… believe me, it’s a long time.

Now I will admit, sometimes I think being able to multi-task is overrated.  It would be nice to be able to completely focus on one thing, especially just having fun.  Despite being on vacation, I’m still on the dreaded deadline.  And despite my carefree tone, I’m feeling pretty stressed.

But it’s all good.  I write.  I have a wonderful family and friends.  And 2013 is looking pretty darn good from where I am.

Wishing you much love and happiness during this new year and always!



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6 Responses to Aloha & Happy New Year: Let’s Talk Multi-Tasking

  1. Amy R says:

    Hi Virna – nice that you are in Hawaii! I agree with your take on the book covers. I wish I didn’t judge a book by its cover, but I do tend to take a second glance at a book if the cover is nice. I love covers that have both the hero and heroine on them so the second cover is very enticing. Do you plan to put this story on B&N or just Amazon? As for multitasking, I like to think I can do it, but my husband repeatedly tells me I don’t do a good job of it (in a ha ha type way of course). I will agree that sometimes I don’t. But sometimes, I just have to. At least if you are having to multitask with writing and having fun you are doing it in Hawaii! Happy New Year!

    • Hi Amy,

      Thanks for commenting! Hope you had a good holiday. I agree, a cover is so important, and I love when a hero and heroine “clicks” on a cover as well as on the pages. Right now the book is exclusive on Amazon for three months because it sells so much better there. I’m sure you’re a great multi-tasker! LOL. And yes, Hawaii makes working a little less painful. We’re going on an art walk tonight and going to check out a local Thai restaurant.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    My comment disappeared. Odd. I love the new cover, but actually think the old one is great, too. And the old one had the Lori Foster quote.

    Hawaii sounds like a wonderful place to start the new year. I wish you love and happiness, too!

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Virna,

    You sound like me – a dozen things on the go at all times! I should consider redoing a cover or two and see if it improves sales on a couple titles! And maybe change names…now you’ve got me thinking.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Upgrading website

  4. Amy Atwell says:

    I’m not sure whether to be sorry that you’re having to mix business with pleasure or just stinkin’ jealous that you’re in Hawaii! LOL Sounds like you’re striking a balance. I hope you continue to do so all year long. Best wishes on the new releases!
    Amy Atwell`s last blog was …Story Icons: The Little Mermaid

  5. Liz Kreger says:

    Sorry that I’m coming in so late here … but haven’t been on the ‘net since Friday morning.

    Hawaii? Niiiice. I’m so jealous. Then again, anywhere warm right now would make me jealous. Anyway, I hear ya about multi-tasking. I think that it’s something that women (for the most part) are really good at, so I really don’t give it much thought. Hubby doesn’t understand that I can be doing one thing, thinking of an entirely different thing and carry on a conversation regarding a whole new subject. A very linear thinker.

    I agree with the new book cover and title. Far more eye catching (for me, anyway).

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