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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-09-05 17:35
Subject: It's Time to Give it Up
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Mood:anxiousanxious

I have had a heart-to-heart with my lovely (and brutally honest) writing partner and come to an alarming realization: my book reviewing is keeping me from writing!

 

Of course, this had occurred to me previously, but the examples she pointed out made it too obvious to ignore.

 

When I started reviewing, the purpose was clear. I wanted to be well-read within the children’s and young adult genres. I wanted to help promote books and authors that I loved. I wanted to be able to break down plots and identify what I loved and what I disliked about certain books and storylines. I knew this would help me in my own writing. I was right.

 

But, for the past several months, my reviewing has dropped off significantly, and my guilt over that has kept me from writing (ie: I can’t justify writing anything new right now, when I’m so far behind with promised reviews). Sure, I have the obvious excuse of having a brand new baby. Pregnancy and newborn care are time consuming, energy draining, and downright exhausting! But, I have also been fighting with this review vs. writing balance that shouldn’t even exist.

 

So, I’m planning to finish reading the books I’m working on and the ones that I feel committed to reading and/or reviewing (I always agree to read the books sent to me, I do not agree to review them, although I try), and then I’ll retire from reviewing. I still intend to do casual and periodic reviews on my blog when I feel compelled and on the YABC and TRT sites if Kim and Jen will let me. I will also continue my author interviews for Teacher-Librarian Magazine and other forums (blog tour stops for YABC and here on LJ), as I think they help me stay connected in the kidlitosphere. That is very important to me.

 

Basically, I no longer intend to pressure myself or to feel guilty about not getting to certain reviews that I “should” do. I refuse to “should all over myself” any longer!

 

It’s time to get busy writing and stop making excuses for not following my dream!

 

If you have any questions about my news, please fire away via e-mail: julie AT juliemprince DOT com

 

Otherwise, I’ll still be around, so please stop by and say hi!

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-09-06 01:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congratulations! Your brutally honest writing partner is very wise. Now you're officially on the road to having someone review YOUR books! Onward!
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-06 04:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I ADORE my writing partner! Onward, indeed!
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robinellen
User: robinellen
Date: 2009-09-06 02:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have trouble keeping up with my writing while reading/reviewing, as well, and I don't have a newborn! Do what you need to, Julie :) Find the joy, right? :D
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volleypop
User: volleypop
Date: 2009-09-06 02:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I bet you're even more relieved now that you blogged about it. Good for you!

~Della
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-06 04:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're right, Della...I do feel more relieved now!
Thanks!
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kellyrfineman: Keep on Path
User: kellyrfineman
Date: 2009-09-06 03:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Keep on Path
Yes. Follow your own dream first. It's lovely how many people you've supported with their dreams along the way, but moving ahead with your own stuff is important and valid.
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-06 04:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you so much, Kelly!
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Heidi R. Kling, Author of SEA, June 10, 2010
User: seaheidi
Date: 2009-09-06 04:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hear you. Good for you for making that decision--I only do an Author Chat maybe 6 times a year instead of as often as I did before--it's just too time consuming---juggling a baby and your own writing is ALL you need---plus, maybe you can just review your absolutely FAVORITE books once a month or something just to keep your toes wet? Best of luck!
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-06 04:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been so out of it...I haven't even seen the cover of SEA on your avatar! it's so awesome!
Perhaps I will review my absolutely FAVORITE books once a month or something...just to keep my toes wet!
Thanks for your support, Heidi!
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User: sharigreen
Date: 2009-09-06 05:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good for you for making that tough decision. Enjoy being able to focus on your writing!
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-06 19:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks, Shari!
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Stephanie Burgis
User: stephanieburgis
Date: 2009-09-06 09:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This sounds like a REALLY good idea. As I've been learning, babies force parents to become absolutely ruthless in their prioritizing, and writing really has to win over reviewing. Go you!!!
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-06 19:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you!!!
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cynthialord
User: cynthialord
Date: 2009-09-06 10:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good for you! I'm glad you're taking care of your writing :-)
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-06 19:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks, Cindy! It feels like a relief, which tells me I'm making the right decision!
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-09-06 18:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Julie,
I don't know how you did all you did to begin with. And now with the little Prince in tow ... I'm just glad you're going to keep writing. I hope to see Max again someday. And in the meantime, take good care of yourself.
jean
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-06 19:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks, Jean!
You're a gem.
Max will return!
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Janni Lee Simner: bookshelf
User: janni
Date: 2009-09-06 18:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bookshelf
Sounds wise to me ... much as we all value your reviewing, getting your books out into the world is the more important thing. Good for you for being willing to make the choice!
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-06 19:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you, Janni!
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User: nancy_v
Date: 2009-09-06 19:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There is only so much one woman can do. Do what you love first and let the other things fall into place in their own time.
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-07 02:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're a wise woman, Nancy. But then, I've always known that!
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Lauren Whitney: writing
User: laurenem6
Date: 2009-09-07 00:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:writing
I will miss your awesome reviews, but I'm glad you will have more time for writing!
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-07 02:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Me too, Lauren. Me too!
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-07 02:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I sure hope I can create half as well as the people whose books I've reviewed!
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jeannineatkins
User: jeannineatkins
Date: 2009-09-07 13:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congratulations on the hard but what sounds good decision to pare away to follow your dream. Time is finite, after all. Um, especially with a new baby! Good luck with your writing and hope the little one naps.
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-10 00:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you so much!
The Littlest Prince rarely naps, but I have a feeling he'll make up for that in inspiration!
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Jeannine Garsee
User: onegrapeshy
Date: 2009-09-07 14:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll DEF miss your reviews, but you're right--it's time for YOU to follow your own dream and you know we'll be with you every step of the way. GOOOO, JULIEEEE! :) (((HUGS)))
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Julie M. Prince
User: jmprince
Date: 2009-09-10 00:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
((((HUGS))))
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