Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Quick update...

Hi everyone - so sorry for the prolonged absence. It's been a busy few weeks and not likely to get any less hectic. I'm still getting regular shifts at the library (yay!) and now am working on two online courses in my library tech programme. We have regular assignments and lots of reading, so my little nose is on the grindstone.

Which brings me to the topic of balance. As writers, we all know how important balance is - our characters can't be too perfect or too evil, we need to mix narrative with dialogue and all the other elements, like plot, setting etc have to work together, with no single one being too dominant. In our own lives, balance is important as well - I'm finding that out now. It's so tempting to just spend every waking moment on my course work as I'm really enjoying it, but I know I can't just abandon my family, friends and writing. It's just a matter of finding the right balance.

What do you do to keep all the elements in your life working smoothly?


Currently Reading: Just finished A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick (review coming soon - check out the video on the book page to which I've linked)
Link of the Day: My Library Tech Blog


Kelly Boyce said...

I think the biggest thing I learned is saying NO to things. I don't get too hung up on pleasing other people at the expense of my own sanity. Plus, I'm pretty good with time mgmt so that helps me fit in what I need to and find time for the important stuff. Anything else, i don't sweat.

Tess said...

Time management has always been a bit of an issue with me. But when I put my mind to it out of necessity, I can generally get a firm hold of things.

I'm totally avoiding situations that might involve me even having to say "No" :)

Rene said...

Lists. It is the only way I can keep balance. When I start complaining about the amount of time I have and think I don't have time to write, I look at my list and make time.

Tess said...

Hmmm, Rene - I may just have to try that! Thanks for the tip :)

Cindy Procter-King said...

Generally speaking, I go crazy. It's not an easy task. But you have to learn to give yourself permission to slack off, which isn't really slacking off if done right - it's "refilling the well." ;)

Lynn said...

You mean my life is supposed to run smoothly? Sheesh. No wonder I'm always pulling my hair out!

I'm horribly obsessive about things, so when I get my mind set on one thing, others tend to fall to the wayside. My problem is there aren't enough hours in the day, not enough days in the week, and I don't have enough hands. If all those things would increase, I'd be able to do more of the things I want to do.

I'm not writing much right now because I'm crocheting and working a new photography project. But once my crochet project is done (and there is a deadline for it), I'll be able to put yarncraft aside for a bit and do some writing.

My life stove has many burners, both front and back, and I seem to have them all engaged.

Tess said...

Cindy - right, refilling the well. Must make time for that. Thanks for the reminder :)

Lynn - Sounds like you and I are alike. I tend to get fixated on one thing and ignore all others. Glad to know I'm not the only one. What are you crocheting?