Day 39…or I blinked and it’s Christmas

Just thinking about how long ago I started this blog, and the fact that I am only on Day 39, tells me that it’s time to use titles for each post. My good intentions of blogging daily fell to the wayside for a myriad of reasons, some good and some just plain excuses. It’s been over a month since I’ve posted and I’m not sure where to begin.

Though I was not blogging, I was busy writing. A few projects came up that took me away from the world of fiction. A handful of articles, some website content and SEO work that, though I dread, keeps me in the green. I even managed to submit a short story to a magazine that actually buys short romances. Fingers crossed. I will, of course, let you know what comes of that. Aside from writing, life just seemed to go a bit off track. No, very off track.

My daughter started her first job and within a week became very ill. During Thanksgiving week my family endured a tragedy as my 47-year-old cousin, Michael, died unexpectedly from a heart attack. It’s difficult to even type those words and I’ve had to back up and correct mistakes as my hands trembled while typing them. Just as I thought my daughter was getting well, she had a relapse and I was diagnosed with Pneumonia last Saturday. Thank God after only being sick 3 days my intuition (which I’ve trusted numerous times before) told me I needed to go see the doctor. Thank God for a wise doctor who immediately suspected this was not just a cold or upper respiratory. And finally, a first for me, thanks to the pharmaceutical world for a potent drug that seems to be working miracles.

On the up side, I have submitted my novella to a publisher. I know it’s competitive out there but I’ll keep thinking good thoughts. Whether they like it or not, as a writer it’s a giant step sending your work out there. And I’ve done it!  Looking for the good things that have occurred during this last month or so, I have found a wonderful critique group. These three women have been an amazing source of inspiration, knowledge and, with this illness taking me by surprise, warm support. With their help, I hope to submit my novel early next year. I’ve actually been surprised not only that they are enjoying my chapters but that they ‘get’ what I was trying to accomplish in this novel.

Last but not least, effective January 1, 2012 I will be the VP-Programs for RWA-WF, the women’s fiction chapter of the Romance Writers of America. I have always wanted to get more involved in this wonderful, supportive organization. I only hope I can fill the very large shoes of my predecessor.

It seems like I blinked and we went from Halloween to Christmas. Where does the time go? As writers we can let the rapid passing of time pressure us into hurrying in our writing, hurrying to send it out into the world. Or we can decide to slow down, enjoy the journey and acknowledge that every little step we take is an accomplishment in itself.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I wish you the most important gifts of all – peace, health and happiness!







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4 responses to “Day 39…or I blinked and it’s Christmas

  1. Chris –
    – loved the title of your post; it seems to fit my life as well (I blink, time zooms)
    – so sorry to hear about your cousin; loss is never easy but when it’s completely unexpected, the shock can take its own toll, in addition to grief.
    – I’m glad to hear your daughter is getting better. I hope that trend continues wholeheartedly!
    – a huge congratulations to you on submitting your novella, as well is finding a critique group. Both sound super!
    – by all means, blog daily if that’s what you want,but I think consistency is key even more than frequency.

    Happy holiday thoughts to you and yours! 🙂 Larissa

  2. Larissa, it’s wonderful to see you here! Thanks for your thoughtful words. Little by little I’m feeling better each day. Very excited about the novella – just submitting it makes me proud! Love my critique group and though I’m behind right now, I look forward to working with them for a long time to come. Thanks for your words of wisdom about the blog. I’m looking forward to sharing more about my journey in the year to come!

  3. Hi Chris,
    I love this title! I feel the same way. Except I think it was summer and I blinked and now it’s Christmas. Time goes way to fast as you get older.
    I think I’d better take your advice and slow down to enjoy the journey!
    Enjoyed the post.

    • Thanks, Sharon! You’re so right. Even my 17 year old daughter remarked about how fast time goes.
      I’m trying to take my own advice and just enjoy every step of the journey.
      Glad you enjoyed the post and hope you’ll stop by again!

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