Life on the Go

There has been so much going on in my world the last little while. Between clients updating websites and field trips for me to attend various work-related events, I feel like I haven’t had a moment’s rest the last month. But I love it! It helps to keep my time management skills sharp, not to mention me out of trouble.

Go, go, go! I’ve been to Toronto to see the Green Living Show. A few plays in London were necessary to see for clients I work with. My tree services friends never stop, so I’ve been to a few work sites this spring where trees were removed, trimmed, transplanted, and freshly planted. And I’ve slotted in coffee to discuss changes to client’s web presences too. All with camera round my neck and a trusty notebook at my side. It even has me reflecting on my own web presence as well. Time to tinker.

Definitely spring renewal. Keep it coming world! I can handle it.

A snapshot of my world on the run…

New Year, New Goals

As the old year comes to a close, what will the new year bring?
As the old year comes to a close, what will the new year bring?

As the year winds to a close, I cannot help but think on the year to come. I have done enough reflecting this year and don’t care to dwell further on some of the negative moments that challenged me. Better to focus on the potential of the New Year and what I can make happen there. For is it not better to take the bull by the horns and create your world, rather than let the world happen to you? Plus, if I write some ideas down now, there is that much more potential to make them happen, instead of relying on my sometimes faulty memory to recall some of those great goals I had.

Ideas to Pursue in the New Year

  • create a calendar for upcoming contests
  • set up an ultimate archive
  • join a networking group
  • take a writing class
  • attend writing/poetry workshops & readings
  • touch base with potential new clients

Have you thought about the New Year and your writing goals yet?

Blow…

Lists

full of words, actions

  • places to go
  • people to see
  • products to buy

write it all down
and run, run, run
Now GO!

Off to the grocer
  (don’t forget the milk)
finish up the story
  (and edit before deadline)
pack for the weekend
  (kids need crafts!)
Did time just speed up?
Whew!

No time for …

Windmill
the wind to blow…

Fired Up for Fall

School has started back again for another year. Lazy summer days are still warm in my heart and on my skin, but I have to admit that the routine that the school season brings is a welcome change. Last week was still chaotic, made moreso by the death of a close friend’s sister, but I have high hopes that things will settle back into a new sense of normalcy soon.

And with it, a return to some personal writing.

While my fingers didn’t get much of a break over the summer, all the writing that poured forth was the bare minimum for clients. I filled my quotas, but made a point of getting in some much-needed down time with my girls. We slept late, attended summer festivals in the city, escaped for beach days, packed up for camping trips with friends, and frolicked with extended family whenever we could. I suppose it could have made for some lovely blog fodder, but I indulged in just being present in the moment and let sleeping blogs lie.

But September brings an end to idleness and writing returns. This is essential for any well-rounded writer who wants to make writing a thing of joy, and hopefully into a living. Through practice, we hone our skills. Stepping away from the page is sometimes necessary, and often renews enthusiasm, but a return to regular writing gets those creative juices flowing again. I myself was blessed with a spurt of creativity this past weekend and hammered out 1800 words on a different take of a manuscript-in-the-works Saturday night. Fingers crossed that my muse doesn’t abandon me, as I think that the voice of this piece will work better than the original one. We shall have to wait and see.

How does a change in seasons affect you and your writing? Do holidays wreak havoc on your prose? Can you continue to be creative when routines get flung out the window? Here’s hoping all our writing mojos get fired up this Fall!

Summer Sunflower

Summer Loving

Summertime in the city. Last week that meant scorching heat and ridiculous humidex readings. Who can function when the temperature gets to 45°C? That is 113° in Fahrenheit for my American friends.

May I ask how many of you writers were scratching out umpteen new pages on your manuscripts? If you were smart, you would have been at the beach, ocean, or anywhere cool enough to allow your brain to re-coagulate back into proper gray matter once again. Think the library (air-conditioned) for research purposes people!

I myself have my children home from school for the summer. We have been to the beach. We have crashed friend’s pools. We have gloried in the fact that there have been no power outages in our community, thus our a/c has been chugging along constantly. I have managed to write my quota of blog posts for clients, but my efforts have shrivelled up past that point. There are festivals to attend, camping trips to plan, and adventures to be had in our very own backyard. While that might be fodder for a poetic post or two, it certainly hasn’t allowed for much time to tap out fresh content from this writer’s corner.

How do you find time to write in the summer? Do you take a hiatus from creativity? Does living outside the (computer) box take precedence over your word count? Have you connected with friends, family and fun this season?

Maybe its time to lie back and float with the currents for a while…

Summer Loving