Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Getting Lost In Time

Angie Here:
Funny thing happened on my way to post... I took last night off. I usually post on late night Tuesdays, but I needed some downtime and just watched a few shows that our family had recorded last night. Oh it felt so good to just rest. I haven't done much of that at all the last 2 years. (I know, I know.) But every time I do, the earth's axis seems to tip me off into space.

Got up this morning with every intention of getting it all done, you know how that goes. Instead of blowing through my to-do list, I'm still flailing at the first few items due to necessary tangents. The weather outside my window isn't especially inviting either. It's days like these that I buckle down and push a little harder against the wind to get done what I need to achieve.

The writing life is quite eclectic. It's not simply sit down and write. There's promotion that we have to do on our own now days, research, volunteer duties (yes, many authors volunteer for their writing organizations), and then the normal work load. It doesn't sound like much until you try to fit it all into one day.

Some how it's just so easy to get lost in time. It's especially difficult when I think something is going to take a few minutes and it stretches out across the day. ACK!

Now I'm finding the day almost over and I am no where near my goals. Yes, I've been productive, but not the list I'd planned on for this day's work.

I'd love to hear that other people have days like this, lol. I'd feel a little better :-) But honestly, I think God gives us days like this to strengthen our resolve muscles. It's a divine exercise plan in perseverance.

Off to the next thing on my list...


  1. I know it's rainy and that isn't typically ideal, but I love the photo. And sometimes, I like the rain if I don't have to go out in it. You could probably use some more down time.

  2. You know, I personally believe that somtimes God gives us days where our accomplishments aren't what we thought they'd be so that we can take that time to re-evaluate and re-prioritize. And, to allow us to look at our circumstances with a fresh perspective.

    Hope you enjoyed your day off. I have days of rebellion against what's planned and expected too. It is refreshing and renewing when your body slows down a bit.

  3. I definitely want to work in some more downtime :-) I wish it'd been a whole day off, but only a few hours. I'm going to take a break now at 7:30p.m. and try to do that again. I feel like it helped me, but I know that list is sooo long.

    I like your idea, Dianna, of re-evaluating. Sometimes I actually take things off that list when I re-evaluate ;-)

  4. I have those days, too. The phone rings like crazy. Or I get distracted doing something that should only take a few minutes.

    And then there are days like you said you had last night where you just need a break.

    I tried to finish revising my manuscript last night after 10 pm. But I was just too tired. I finally gave up. Then got up very early. It went so much better.

  5. Angie you are not alone in your feelings!

    When I have a plan or a to do list that doesn't work out I always remind myself how unlivable life would be if our plans or to do lists always worked out. Just imagine if they did always play out the way we planned them, we would be able to sit and think out a plan for our lives and then wouldn't it be boring to just live through everything we just planned without any surprises? What would be the point of actually living? This may be how our characters feel when we over plot them? :)

    Glad to see you threw some caution to the wind and enjoyed yourself!

  6. Angie,
    I'm so glad you finally got some downtime. After 2 years, you deserve it!!!