Friday, June 12, 2009

Life



Life. That pesky thing we deal with day in and day out. Well, more precisely, things going on within our personal lives, our working lives, the kids, the dogs (or other pets if you like), the house, the family, extended family and friends, medical issues and aging parents, the ins and outs of details that must be dealt with (yes, the car). Life is a juggling act of trying to balance and attend to so many things within any given day and lately I feel all the bowling pins and balls I am juggling are slipping out of kilter - thank goodness I am not juggling knives, lol. It is exhausting.

I need rejuvenation. I need escapism. I need to write and escape into the worlds of my imagination and put those stories to paper. The often small and quiet voice of my Muse is getting louder, urging me (okay, shouting at me) to find solitude and peace and "write dang it, write!" Unfortunately, life comes at you hard and fast sometimes and things must be dealt with and before you know it, time has slipped away with the waning day and mental exhaustion overtakes the therapeutic need to write.

I have so many writing projects actively going on that I need to attend to: the fantasy novel, the young adult fantasy novel, a mystery, blogs, smaller stories. I have been invited to four other projects that I REALLY want to do...but time does not always cooperate - in a perfect world, perhaps...a writer's fantasy.

Now, I need to get back to life and the responsibilities that go with it. But tonight, I promise myself yet again, I am writing!
How do you find balance and time for all that needs to be done in this busy world? It seems to just slip away with me lately. Sigh. I must find time to read. I must make time to write.
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9 comments:

Alexis Grant said...

OMG there are no italics! I LOVE IT! Seriously, I am one of those blog readers who will click away if it's hard for me to read... And your blog is so much easier to read now! Yippee!

Galen Kindley--Author said...

This topic is recurring, (because we all feel it at different times) but never overstated. All these requirements DO exist and the DO need attention. I’m not real sure of the answer. It’s probably different for each of us, I guess. But family and relationships gotta come first. Those just can’t be neglected. If you have bad relationships and a great novel, I’m pretty sure you’re not gonna be happy. Other than that, I’m as clueless as the next writer about how to make it all fit together. I just kinda do what I can—keeping relationships first--and what happens after that, happens. Not real insightful, I know, but, it’s the truth for me.

Best Regards, Galen
GalenKindley.com

Karen Walker said...

Ah, Nancy. I'm with you on this one. The only advice I can offer is to do what's highest on the priority list and the rest will follow. I might have to cancel my trip to Portland next week because my friend's mom was just placed in hospice and I want to support her (she has no partner or family). It was to be a writing retreat. Just be gentle with yourself and stay centered and you'll be fine.
Karen Walker

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Alexis - I couldn't figure out why it kept doing the italics either - I wasn't posting it that way and I kind of liked it yet kind of thought it might be an issue. I kept playing with it last night and finally found it in the programming. Sheesh. Anyway, hopefully this will make it easier to read. Thanks for the suggestion.

Hi Galen - I'm with you. Family has always come first. I always opt for the relationships there. It is frustrating that we can't pull extra hours out of the air to get things done, but sometimes it seems like things just come at you fast and difficult choices must be made. Thanks for your supportiveness. It helps. :)


Hi Karen - thanks for your insights. It is difficult to always tell which "fire" needs to be put out first when dealing with some issues. But you're right, the rest seems to fall into place. I am so sorry to hear about your friend's Mom and your writing retreat plans. She is fortunate to have a good friend like you to stand by her. Sounds like she's going to need you. Good karma for placing her needs first, my friend.

Thanks for stopping by y'all. I really do apppreciate it! Hope to get some writing done...soon.

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Marvin D. Wilson said...

There's a great deal of thought and content in this short post. Huge topic to cover. When you figure out all the answers, let me know, ok? :)

The Old Silly From Free Spirit Blog

N A Sharpe said...

Hey Marvin - boy, I wish I knew. Somedays just get a little rough around the edges.

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Patricia Stoltey said...

Your blog is definitely easier to read now!

And life? You gotta trudge through the sludge to get to the other side. What else can you do?

The Practical Preserver said...

"Life is what happens while you're making other plans." Somebody said that. It's true. When I finally find I have the time to do what I thought I wanted to do, I don't. I need the stress.

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Karen - to a point I agree with you, stress can be a motivator to get things done - something about the adreniline rush I imagine.

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

 
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