Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Interview with Sahara TV

I was interviewed last week by Adeola Fayehun for Sahara TV's Inspire Segment. I talked about writing, my novel, my adventures in publishing and leaving my Accounting job to follow my dreams of becoming a writer.

You can watch the interview below:

Many thanks to Tundun Adeyemo and Adeola Fayehun for making it happen.

Thanks for watching. Do feel free to comment and share!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Nothing Comes Close - Valentine Giveaways

As it's a week to Valentine's day, I'm doing a few giveaways of my novel, Nothing Comes Close!

You can enter any of the three below:

Blog Giveaway: For your chance to win a copy, just leave a comment below, telling me about your best ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day! Let me know if you want the paperback or ebook.

There's also a giveaway happeneing on Kentake Page, and you can take part by clicking here:

Thanks for entering and all the best!

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Joys of Multitasking

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These days, I'm wearing many hats. From the minute I wake up, to the minute I flop down on my bed (usually) at night, I am doing several things at the same time. Writing stuff for new novel and other projects, marketing stuff for current novel, looking after a toddler, running a small business, catching up on reading, social networking, keeping up with house chores and other responsibilities, etc. It's mostly fun, but it can be overwhelming sometimes. Just ask any working mum how she juggles all the things she has to do in one week. 

So at the beginning of this week and this month (hi there February, you crept up on me), I set myself some new targets. Must do another few thousand words on WIP. I must finish writing that short story. Must write that flash fiction I promised to send to the magazine. Must eat healthy and fit in exercise. Must read that novel and review it, the author has been waiting since November...

Fast forward to today, and I feel like I haven't achieved a single thing all week. I'm sure I must have done some things, maybe I just don't think it's significant enough. Sure I looked after an active toddler all day, everyday and managed to send a few emails here and there, but I'm seriously slacking on my writing goals. It's not like I haven't tried to write. In fact, yesterday I was feeling guilty for not writing, so I sat at my desk, ignored the noise around me and forced myself to write. But by the time I finished and looked at what I'd written, it didn't make sense at all. I gave up and went to do other things instead.

I think trying to do several things at the same time can sometimes be counter-productive. It becomes difficult to focus on one thing and get that done. There are times when my head feels so full of "things-to-do" that I actually prefer to shut down and just read a book instead. I'm realising that I need to find a more efficient way to organise my tasks each day, so that I make the best use of my (limited) writing time. It's alright to set goals and targets, but there's also a need to check how they are working out for me in my day-to-day activities.

How are you doing with the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?