Y’all, things are about to get real. I’m about to tell you things, I
probably shouldn’t. But I kind of feel like over sharing today...
People ask me all the time: “How do you do it all?” They are talking about
the many facets of my professional life writing, editing, television and
film, and radio. The truth is, some days better than other.
Today is a great example of just how crazy things can get. I have two books
that need to be edited for Entangled with pretty tight deadlines. I have a
cover story that is due by five. And the actor I’m interviewing for said
story is thirty minutes late calling, and it’s 3:30 p.m. While I’m waiting
for him, I’m writing this guest post.
And I’m not going to talk about the fact that one of the dogs is sick, I
have to leave for a two-week trip in three days, and I might need some
clothes. I mean, it’s Los Angeles, but you still get arrested for being
naked. Oh, and my editor at another publishing house approved the synopsis
for the second book that is due in October, but I have to do the revisions
on the first book, by next week. And I have another book due in October that
I haven’t started writing yet. Oh, and I’ve booked myself for every weekend
in the fall, teaching at conferences in New Zealand, Missouri, Atlanta, and
more, except I forgot to write some of those dates down. (I really hope some
of those people read this blog and email me.) My writing partner for the Saxton
Academy series is wondering where my pages for book two are. And
that’s just the last two hours, it would make your head spin if I told you
about the rest of my day.
That’s my life.
Some days I kick ass and take names. Others, I want to crawl into the fetal
position on the couch and watch television. I don’t, but I really, really
want to. In addition to the business side, there’s the personal side. The
truth is, that personal side is how I’m able to keep my head above water. I
have an incredible support system. My kids, their significant others, my
husband, my parents, friends…they all help out. But there’s a downside to
all the crazy, in that I don’t get to spend much time with family or
friends. I keep up with most everyone on social media and texts. Sad but
true. But it makes those times when we do get together, that much sweeter.
And I miss sleep. A lot. There are many days when my favorite part of it is
my head hitting the pillow. I’m also a big fan of 5-hour energy and
espresso. But not together. That’s a heart attack waiting to happen.
So how do I do it all? A lot of caffeine. Day-by-day, and hour-by-hour. I’ll
say this for my life: it’s never boring. Oh, look, an email from the
publicist of Mr. Celebrity. He was busy on set. (Read: He totally forgot to
Someone asked me the other day if they made a reality show of my life what
would it be called, I said, “Queen of the Cra Cra,” or “Candy’s Mad, Mad
World.” No two days are ever the same.
True story: I kind of like it that way.
And now Mr. Celebrity is calling. Finally. Bye, y’all. And thanks Fresh
Fiction for letting me hangout. Oh, and if they made a reality show of your
life, what would it be called? Tell me. I really want to know.
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for
Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for
the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author
of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to
several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment
journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks,
Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment
columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace
also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and
teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye
& Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics
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2 comments posted.
If they made a reality show of my life, it would be a cross between Dr. Doolittle, How to Knit and Crochet, Living with Health Issues, and How to Take Charge. My life might be a little crazy from time to time, but I don't know how you do it!! Your book sounds interesting, and I'm looking forward to reading it. Congratulations, and I'm sure it's going to do well!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:42am July 30, 2015)