My apologies for the lag in blog postings. I’ve been researching and writing my next book–yay!–which will be released by Second Story Press in early fall 2013. I feel so good being in writing mode, but there is this deadline looming over my head, adding some time pressure to my life.
I may be a bit lackadaisical about blogging over the next few months. Multi-tasking while writing a book is not my forte. It’s one of those all-consuming projects that demands full attention and makes for lots of late nights. Currently, my home office is filled with stacks of library books from two different libraries–the public library and the university library.
Tomorrow, however, I’m taking a day off to attend The Writers’ Union of Canada workshop “How to Be Your Own Publicist” by Ann Douglas, Elizabeth Ruth, and Kelly Duffin. It will be so valuable to learn about social networking and blogging and all that through these talented and accomplished women. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Ann Douglas who I first met when I was a children’s book editor working in-house in Toronto. Ann is the creator of the blog Having-a-baby.com and is well-known for The Mother of All Books series. I’ll have to report back as to which local writers attend the workshop.
I have some homework to prepare for the workshop, which I haven’t even looked at yet. For now, it’s back to my research!
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These days it seems like everyone struggles with work-life balance. Deadlines can be cruel, tensions can run high. Then, at the end of the day, there may be family responsibilities. At my house these include school pick-up, cooking, ferrying kids to activities, homework help, laundry, packing lunches, and so on. Somewhere in all that crazy chaos we’re all supposed to find time to do a whole slew of other “should dos,” including flossing once a day, stretching and exercising, keeping in touch with family, and—back to teeth, again—brushing the dog’s teeth!
Creators know that they can churn out decent product when motivated by a deadline. There’s nothing like a fire under you to set the muse alight. Still—hmm, that’s actually a fun choice of word here—still, there is great importance in finding a calm place for free association, mental freedom, and creative release.
I get this at the pool. Swimming three times a week with coached one-hour workouts gives me an hour of time where, apart from counting laps and remembering to keep my elbows high, I can let my brain sift through the minutiae of the day, mull over conundrums, and work through writing challenges.
Sometimes, I’ll have a Eureka moment. Other times, I’ll simply return home refreshed, tired, and ready for a good night’s sleep. There’s no doubt in my mind, that it’s great for my body and soul. But I don’t think I realized until the last year or so how valuable this time is to my creative pursuits. Thank goodness I enjoy it immensely, so it doesn’t rank down there with the “should dos” like brushing the pooch’s teeth.
Drop me a line to let me know if you can relate to this.
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