Too Busy?

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”  Confucius

I was hoping summer would ease up and I would have time to do all the writing and other pleasant pastimes I’ve been missing, but honestly I’m as busy as ever.  That said, I have found time for both reading and writing.

First I want to recommend a terrific historical novel by my friend Melanie Benjamin, The Aviator’s Wife, about Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  Melanie and I went through grade school, junior high and high school together – we even worked on a theatrical adaptation of Little Women for our 5th grade class.  Good times!  Her latest novel has a strong literary voice, thorough research, suspense and a relatable protagonist.  Do give it a read – or either of her other novels: Alice I Have Been or The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb.

And I have been writing too.  I attempted the 50,000-word count challenge of Camp NaNoWriMo – the July version of NaNoWriMo in November.  I didn’t make it, but I do have a great start on my next work-in-progress.

Which is good!  Because my current project, Pressing Concerns, is nearing completion at last.  I wish I had a week to myself in a cottage away somewhere – I know I could get it done.  Of course I don’t, so I’ll have to make do with the dribs and drabs of time that I do have.  I’m setting a deadline for myself to complete this first draft by December 31st.

I’ve also been working on my current fanfic that takes place in the world of Tolkien’s Middle-earth.  These are short episodic pieces, and a good way to keep writing while my creative juices are percolating on my bigger works.

And if that isn’t enough writing, I’ve also been working on grants and text for an art catalog at my day job.

Be careful what you wish for, I guess!