Less than two months ago, we made the difficult decision to sell our house. We then found a realtor, put the house up for sale, survived 26 showings (I’ve never cleaned so much in my life!), received 2 offers (the first one fell through), looked for (and found) a new place to live in St. Petersburg, participated in grueling negotiations with the buyers, prepared for the inspections and appraisal, did all our packing (the garage was a bear!), lugged 14 truckloads of stuff to Goodwill (no kidding!), endured the closing, moving (huge ug!), and a tropical storm, and also entertained an influx of relatives for our son’s wedding. Also, during that last month, we had a record number of new sign-ups at BookLocker.com. (That last one was a positive problem!)
During that entire period, I could NOT seem to get caught up on my work. Rather, I seemed to just keep getting further and further behind. I don’t know about you but, when I have 200+ unanswered emails, a virtual stack of books to format yesterday, and a weekly issue to write, edit, get online, and notify thousands of writers about, I get extremely stressed. And, the further behind I got, the more stressed I became. WritersWeekly started going out later and later in the week, which REALLY bothered me. Add all of that to the stress from everything else and I was starting to turn into a boiling mess.
Well, it’s been two weeks since our son’s wedding and, finally, after several days and nights of fingers-glued-to-the-keyboard, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Perhaps the worst thing about all of this was that I didn’t touch my current book manuscript for those entire two months. That was driving me NUTS! My muse was in time-out for that entire time and she was NOT happy about that!
This week, she was released from her shackles and she is spitting out words faster than I can type! She’s calling me to play once again right now so I have to scoot. 😉
THIS WEEK’S MASONISM:
“Mom, you’re an expert at embarrassing everyone.”
Hugs to all,
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