Monday, May 5, 2014
When Life Gets in the Way
car is due for inspection
make a list of people needing greeting cards sent to them in April and try not to forget to mail them
YIKES - Easter is in April - the family brouhaha approaches
schedule a hair appointmen - gray is showing
Lose weight - in other words, begin your 4th diet this year
And don;t forget the usual - job (two night meetings a month normally, but this month I have 4 becasue we have to adopt a budget for 2014), laundry - wash the clothes, dry the clothes, fold the cloths. (note - there is no iron the clothes. If it wrinkles, it does not live here), food shopping (Question - why is the food market with the best organic produce so far away? Answer - Becasue it is. Quit whining and drive), load the dishwasher, unload the dishwasher, clean, cook, reserve Sunday night for Game of Thrones
And the unexpected. Sis said the Newsboys are in town for a concert. Let's see now - hear Michael Tait and company sing and lift my spirits or clean the dead leaves out of the mulch? No contest. Michael, here I come. And I do hope he does hit the Restart so I can get back on track..
So what am I forgetting? I know there's something - Oh yeah - make time to write.
For me, that last entry is getting harder and harder ro do, the older I get. When I was a child, a year lasted forever. Now it's over in a blink. By the time I get home from work and do what needs to be done before I can relax, it's 9PM. I rationalize away the writing by asking myself something like "Who can be creative when she is this tired?" But I know the answer. We all know the answer. The successful multi-published, award winning, NY Tiemes best selling authors can be creative anytime day or night. It is the only answer that makes sense and brings success.
There is one of those authors inside each one of us. I know that becasue it can feel her trying to claw her way through the guilt when I realize that a month has gone by and I haven't made a dent in my WIP.
I met Janet Evanoxich at a writers conference many years back and we talked about just this sort of thing. Her advice was to write at least 3 pages a day. 3 pages a day is about 100 pages (give or take) a month. In three months you have a book. Brilliant!!! If one would only listen, that is.