Jennifer Hillier

Complete. Utter. Burnout.

Mar 14, 2011 | Uncategorized

And here I thought I was getting so much better at balancing writing with the rest of my life. Yeah. Apparently not. I’ve been working on the new book non-stop for… oh… fourteen days now, with no breaks, and very little sleep. The good news is, it’s coming along really well (finally).  The bad news is, I’m so tired that I’m delirious and not much fun to be around.  Because on top of all the book stuff, there’s been a whole bunch of not-so-great personal stuff going on in my life, which has made it extremely difficult to stay focused.

Anyhoo, I’ll be handing off parts of this new book to my agent tomorrow (eek!). She’s expecting it, which is the reason I’ve been going at it so hard for the past couple of weeks.  Then I’ll probably spend the next couple of days slowing everything down and taking it easy.

OH! I almost forgot. This Friday the 18th I’ll be visiting the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, WA.  I’ll be interviewing the Superintendent (which I think is another way of saying ‘warden’?) and she has graciously agreed to give me a tour of the prison.  Exciting stuff!  I seriously can’t wait. This visit is exactly what I need to fill the holes in my current draft.  It’ll be hands down the coolest thing I’ve done for research so far. So be sure to check back next week to see what I’ve learned about women in prison, because you know I’ll be blogging about it!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done for the sake of research?