Shana Galen
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Being self-employed means that the job is always with you. Working from home means it is always around you. Sometimes it can be hard to escape—I mean even if you love what you do (like I love writing) at some point you need to stop doing/thinking about it and just chill.

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I used to find this really hard because the story is always there and there’s always the temptation to just go and do…

This year I set myself working hours. The only time I’m allowed to work extra is if I’m on a deadline (a publisher imposed deadline not one I’ve made up). This has had the added bonus of reducing the amount of time wasting that would otherwise happen during work hours—you know the internet, facebook, sweeping the floor and any other random procrastination activity that I’m able to dream up.

I still get the procrastination bug, but because I know I can’t catch up later there’s a lot less of it.

The other thing I’ve started doing is taking a couple of days off between jobs. Finish the first draft of a WIP? Take a day or two to catch up on some favorite DVDs or and read some books.

Finished a round of edits? Yay go play with that random story idea from last week for a day and see if goes anywhere (I count that as time off writing because it’s more daydreaming and what if?)

These are important little breaks as they allow the brain to recharge and the well of creativity to be topped up. After all you only get out what you put in.

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The other change I made this year was dedicating two days a week only to writing/editing. No blog writing or posting, no website updating or any of the other admin tasks that need to be dealt with. The other three days of the working week I set aside an hour in the morning and I get through whatever I can. So far this seems to be working really well as I’m always very impressed by my word count and also happy to discover I don’t fall behind on the admin stuff.

Restricting my working hours has made me more productive and also more accountable. It’s also given me the time to pursue doing the other crafty things I love like cross stitch and sewing.

While writing is a job I love, it isn’t my whole life just a part of it.

Want to win a digital copy of  The Changeling Soldier? Comment below and tell Shona how you like to relax after work. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced Sunday on the blog.

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 The Changeling Soldier

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Her time in the mortal world is running out…

After fleeing Annwyn three centuries ago, Ella built a life in the mortal world making gowns for European royalty and playing in mortal intrigues. Now those Courts are long gone, and she dresses Hollywood starlets. Mortals come and go, but Ella always ends up alone. She longs for the home she left behind.

He’s been dreaming of the coming battle all his life…

Isaac Norton is a returned soldier. Now home, he’s restless and his recurring dream is becoming more frequent: he’s fighting on a snow-covered field stained with blue blood. When he sees Ella, he knows she isn’t human. And she knows what he is, a changeling.

Ella can give Isaac the answers he needs, but there will be a price to pay: his soul.

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Three time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance. You can find out more at her website.

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15 thoughts on “On the job 24/7: Bring a Friend Friday with Shona Husk

  1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    I’m like you, Shona. I tend to work way too much and have a hard time setting time aside for fun. I like to relax by reading or sleeping. I really like both of those!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. ina darmayanti says:

    Thanks for shared it with us. And i’d love to read Shona’s books. I never heard about her before. But thanks to this blog.

  3. Hi, Shona! Welcome to the blog and I so hear you on this issue! When my writing day is done, I like to watch TV or read. Reading often feels like a luxury, these days!

  4. Amy Dudley says:

    Hello Shona,
    The way that I obviously must enjoy to wind down and just generally enjoy myself is to escape reality in a good book. But, I also take time to enjoy my family, friends and other things as well. One of my favorite pass times other than reading is the outdoors especially fishing. Hope you enjoy your time and have fun while doing it. :-)

  5. John Hathorn says:

    About having spare time – I have a solution for you (yall) ….
    By the year 2020, we estimate computer calculating power will advance to the level of the human brain. So will you romance writers turn your keyboards around and say, “You type.”

    Wonder what a romance novel will read like?
    “Give a Dell an Apple”

  6. Dian Setyarini says:

    Hi Shona!

    I love your books and you’re one of my favorite author. I like to relax by reading book, sleep and listen the music. These good for me after work all day.
    Thank you for the chance <3

  7. Welcome, Shona! So glad you could join us today. As a full-time writer, I sometimes have a difficult time separating myself “the office.” I spend most of my free time with family and friends or doing art projects.

  8. Betty Hamilton says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to win a great book!!

  9. bn100 says:

    reading

  10. Lisa Hutson says:

    I have always been a stay at home mom. So the same issue you have. My work is always right under my nose. Never ending.
    I am still struggling to say that’s it and sit for some reading or sewing or whatever. There is always something I should be doing. And always someone that needs my help. Or thinks I can read their mind.
    But when I can hide somewhere and leave my phone somewhere else, I do like to read, sew, craft, crochet, watch movies, and facebook, pinterest & email are time suckers.
    The list is much longer than any of the time periods I get. haha

  11. Robin W says:

    I read to relax. But, for me, there’s nothing like pruning shrubs to work off tension. Thankfully, I’ve got lots of shrubs.

  12. Kate Person says:

    thanks for sharing how you make it work. This year I’ve focused on tweaking how I structure my time. I end up writing/editing in phases. I’ve noticed the same positive results when I pace in a similar manner.

  13. Barbara Elness says:

    My idea of relaxing after spending all day in front of a computer at work is to come home and get on my computer. :D I know it seems weird, but I’m doing something I enjoy so it’s different than work. And of course, putting in some time reading is a favorite way to relax as well.

  14. jamaika says:

    Reading has always been my relaxation.

  15. Glenda says:

    Reading of course! I spend some time visiting with my family about everyone’s day and might just check out some of my favorite blogs. But no , atter how wiped out I am, I have to read a few chapters at a minimum before I can get some sleep.

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