Yesterday, I wrote this paragraph in The Last MacKlenna, a romantic suspense: (Meredith is CEO of a winery, a runner, and has just found out she has breast cancer.)
Meredith’s over-booked life left little free time to ponder the passage of weeks and months, and the end of the year always came as a surprise. Determined not to find herself in the same situation next year, she vowed to change her ways. Instantly, she made a resolution that regardless of what happened with her breast, she would approach the coming year differently by taking time to appreciate each day instead of dashing through it at an 8:10 pace. Good luck with that.
My memory of childhood is that the days dragged by, especially on Sunday’s when church was followed by a family meal and quiet time. In those days, it took forever for Christmas to arrive. Now it seems that we put the decorations away and in a matter of weeks unpack them again. Our lives have gotten so busy, so full of activities and commitments, that we rarely have time to curl up on a Sunday afternoon to read a book. Whatever happened to resting on the seventh day? What is so important that I have to spend a few hours on the computer? Nothing really. The world will not end if I can’t send a few tweets.
Can I stop and rest on Sunday afternoons in the coming year? Gosh, it sounds wonderful, but I might have to be dragged from my computer kicking and screaming for the first few weeks.
Will Meredith slow down? I have a feeling she'll get her priorities straightened out and learn how to walk away, but will I?
~*~RUBY BROOCHShow LessIf you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
- Pinterest Promotion Tips for Writers http://ow.ly/gqxkY Check out #4 ShareAsImage.com I love this!
- 25 Idioms About Bread and Dessert http://ow.ly/gqLVw via DailyWritingTips This is just icing on a cake!
- Researching Your Story–A Four-Step Strategy http://ow.ly/gqNb3 Chances are good you'll do some research before you finish your novel
- How to Market your Book if You're Not a Marketer http://ow.ly/gqNdE via Laura Howard
- Improve your Amazon Author Rank by more than 250,000 in one day, illustrated http://ow.ly/gqNfc
- Friends, Family Have Far More Social Clout Than Obama, Celebrities, Says Study [INFOGRAPHIC] http://ow.ly/gqNls
- Hashtag Battle Fridays Show How To Engage An Audience With Fun Ideas http://ow.ly/gqNnA
- Facebook Poke for Mobile: This Week in Social Media http://ow.ly/gqNpy An iPhone app that makes it easy to say hello to your friends
- Writing To Music: Knowing Your Characters http://ow.ly/gqNrs via @woodwardKaren
- On Writing and Creativity:Worldbuilding Revisited, part I http://ow.ly/gqXgv @magicalwords Includes elements worldbuilders should consider
- 5 Ways To Stand Out On Twitter http://ow.ly/gqXnq Keep followers engaged. Add something new to the conversation!
- How to Get Yourself Off Your Lazy Butt and Start Writing Already http://ow.ly/gqXOJ It's difficult & it's normal. Make your 1st goal small
- 3 Ways To Strengthen Your Faith in Yourself and Your Journey http://ow.ly/gqY4E This is a very good post
- This Advice Will Save Your Book: Back Up Your Work Twice! http://ow.ly/gqY9D What do you use? When in a hurry, I like email!
- 3 Questions Every Creative Person Must Ask http://ow.ly/gqYoF via @JaneFriedman How much of yourself are you willing to share?
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Happy writing & running, Kathy