This is just a quick and personal blog from me…
I finally feel as though I have started regrouping… even if it’s only a little bit.
We have just been away down in the Marlborough sounds as there was work that needed to be done. Michael worked his backside off chopping down some incredibly big pines, while I tried to provide support to my cousin, who is feeling incredibly strung out. (She was in Christchurch.)
While thinking about Tales for Canterbury, I sifted through some of my older short story work, and I came to the realisation that I really don’t need to regurgitate it into something else, so I’ve figured that I will dream up new little pearls to send through.
But aside from all that, I feel as though I have actually stopped and caught my breath. And after that – I feel a lot better. Renewed energy so to speak. You see, I was feeling a little drained, and drowning in floods of work. Not only writing work, but real work, as well as reviewing work…. And then anything else I decide to tackle on top of that as well. I think that I would cope a lot better if I was a full-time writer working from home. But until I win Lotto, I doubt that’s going to happen in the near future…
So as writers… how to we regroup?
Well, I know that with me, I just really need to take time out from the rest of the world. This means ceasing all email, texting, internet, and even the TV. For those of you who know me well, you’ll know that I watch hardly any TV, unless Mike has it on in the room. I do, however, love watching movies. But during the weekend, I didn’t watch any movies. The only TV that I watched was the press releases from Canterbury… and that was about it. I did get a lot of reading done, a bit of character development stuff, and thought about life – a lot.
I think that it’s only natural to think about life when some sort of disaster occurs. Today, I am thinking that I really have to send my manuscript through to someone who has been requesting it since December! *blushes* I know. I am a slacker. Sometimes I just don’t know what I’m afraid of.
But anyway – I’d better get on with it. I have work to start for the week… and the piles are looming.
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Regrouping… i know the feeling. I know we need to get our name out there, but it sure takes a lot of time… and yeah, it’s super fun lol… i love getting to know all these wonderful writing people and others from hobbies I love.
I do the same, turn off everything so i can do what has to get done without the distractions and darn it all, writing flows easier then 🙂
Loved reading, Leigh 🙂
If only I could shut out the world at specific times during each day… I used to. Am now thinking that perhaps I should try that again 🙂
I’m glad you’re feeling better after the weekend – I think having that space, that downtime, is so very important. Even when you’re not a writer!
Hope you win lotto one day – that’s my dream too 😉
Haha Cassie – thank you 🙂 I am feeling much better. Long may it last! I just need to remember that I need to take time out from time to time. I hope that we all win lotto! Unfortunately, life isn’t all about money, although it really does help!