Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I woke up this morning and realized I had not written a blog post for yesterday. Shame on me for skipping a day. My only excuse is that, like these guys here, I was chillaxing and simply forgot by the end of the day that I had overlooked one little task on my "to do" list.
Sometimes that is a good thing...
A writer's life is a self-disciplined one. New ideas to think up, beginner story lines to flesh out, blogs to update, rewrites to do, as well as query letters and submissions to send out into the world. When you are lucky you have contracts to review and deadlines to meet. A writer's plate is always full, but we are used to it if we have been around the industry long enough and we use it as a learning curve if we are just starting out.
Then you add to the list all the personal and professional obligations...you know...those things like outside work that actually pays the bills and yeah, I'm sure your family would like to spend some time with you so they don't have to go back through the family photos just to remember what you looked like.
It's very easy to get caught up in the moment...that never ending "to do" list and realize at the end of the day that you never actually stopped a moment to just relax and enjoy being YOU.
For me, yesterday was that kind of day. One of our instructors who helps pick up kids for our after school program had left for Florida to spend time with her dad. I'm glad she had that opportunity but it did make for a creative logistics issue of how the school owner and I would be in six places at the same time. We managed and then I had some "parental" issues once I got back to the school which had to be addressed...and then it was time to jump both feet first into the evening's classes. By the time I got home around 9:30, made a quick supper, and checked emails, it was after 10:30 and I had to get up early this morning. So last night I made the executive decision to RELAX. To simply sit down, kick my feet up, and spend the next 45 minutes or so simply doing whatever I wanted to do ...just...for...me....
Funny thing is, when I decided what I wanted to do with my "free time", I ended up reading the contest entries for Susanna Hill's Holiday contest (http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2011/12/holiday-contest-is-here.html) and then read a couple of articles on improving my writing skills before going to bed. I guess I need to just accept the fact that I am indeed a WRITER and the friends I have made through PiBoIdMo , 12 X 12 in 2012, The Children's Book Hub Facebook group, and through my own blog have touched my life and spirit in such a way that I don't WANT to be away from their influence and friendship.
Now THAT'S what I call chillaxing!