And the beat goes on…
Copy edits are gone. For now. I’m continuing to work on NAUGHTY SANTA. I have way too many pending emails, and my kids are trying my patience.
It’s getting to be a busy time of year for hubby. My daughter’s wedding is looming in the not too distant future. She and her fiancÃ© are trying to buy a house. My youngest son graduates this year, and I have several out of town trips I have committed to and cannot change. I am president of one RWA chapter and VP of Programs for another. I have two books to complete by May 15th. I have several events already scheduled. I blog regularly on three different blogs. I have a business that needs my attention, and I have, or at least try to have, a life.
It occurred to me this afternoon during a conversation with a friend who is going through a difficult time right now that my plate is too full. I have over-committed myself. And unless I plan on disappointing a lot of people I have to keep my big girl panties pulled up tight and move forward. I made commitments I cannot go back on. So with that realization another has come to light.
So as not to go completely crazy, I have decided to bite the bullet on some things and just say no to others. I will not judge any contests this year. I will not crit or read for anyone this year. The next First Line Contest will not commence until probably after the first of November. I might even wait until next year. I am not going to take on anything else. Nothing. Nada. No way. No how. Please don’t ask.
Funny, I don’t feel better saying that. I’m kind of wondering who the hell I’m trying to kid. You or me? I guess it doesn’t matter. I’ll end up doing what I always do, and that is just doing it. It’s how I roll. 😉 I learned that phrase from my oldest son. I used it in JADED. I smiled when I wrote it. As I think of what I do, why I do it, and who I’ve met, I continue to smile. It’s what drives me. It’s who I am, and what I am. It adds dimension to me. It’s all good, in a big round about way. A continuous connection with the universe. So, how New Age does that sound? Totally NOT how I roll, but I guess even I am subject to change. Go figure.
Now on to a completely different subject. Tonight is Fat Tuesday, and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent. ‘Tis the time of year for reflection and sacrifice. As an almost Catholic living amongst cradle Catholics I have decided for Lent to give up all sugar and white carbs. I have also given up dropping eff-bombs (except where necessary in the ol’ books). I will also try to be a better person. But, I’m not sure how that will all work out. Think about this cocktail: Too much on my plate. Giving up carbs, and no swearing for 40 days? Hmm, sounds like a recipe for destruction to me. Hah! If I’m still here by March 23rd, I will have accomplished the impossible!
How about you? Do you give up something for Lent and really try to make a change for the better in your life? Or are you scratching your head wondering what the hell I’m talking about?
K* who is already feeling the effects of the thought of no white carbs for 40 days…