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By Starla Kaye
I was catching up on reading some of the 1NS blogs and caught Heather Long’s “BeYourself” and Olivia Starke’s “Starving Authors.” They hit home with me in different ways and inspired me, I guess. Not that I’m carrying on with their thoughts, but more getting deeper into mine.
Life gets so absolutely crazy sometimes that we can’t possibly fit one more thing into our schedule. At least that is how I feel, especially lately. My terrific editors would like to see more work from me. My fans ask about sequels. My muse gets all excited and fills my head with a hundred different story ideas.
Fortunately I don’t work besides being a full-time author. Still there are community activities that I’m involved in that take the place of working and can almost be more demanding. One of my writers’ groups depends on me for leadership in so many of its projects, since I was a founding member many years ago. Another writers’ group would like to see me be involved again, if only I had the time. The seniors at my church seem to live for the monthly newsletter I do for them and get frustrated when it is occasionally a week late (I’ve been doing it for 18 years now). The cultural arts group I volunteer coordinate at a senior center would like me to go with them to their numerous outings (I don’t have their kind of stamina). The center’s director wants me to teach writing classes and about making art quilts.
And then there is my family. My BFF/daughter lives halfway across the country and likes me to come see her at least 3-4 times a year. My older brother in another state wants me to come see him. Two family reunions (different sides of my family) want me to join in their events. My sister tries to steal as much of my time as she can manage for going to gardening workshops, taking an exercise class with her, spending time together making art quilts, going to watch her teenagers play in tennis tournaments, and anything else she can come up with. My husband is really the only one of my family that doesn’t put demands on my time, especially this time of year. He’s an accountant (CPA) and he’s crazy busy now, too.
After listing all of that, I’m terrified, overwhelmed. How can I possibly meet all of those needs? How can I make everyone happy? Do you ever feel that way?
I guess what it comes down to is that so popular word today: prioritizing. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at that. I want to do it all. I want to make everyone happy. What about me?
Maybe I just need to fill the bathtub up with a nice steamy bath and lots of bubbles. Take in a glass of wine and my Kindle. Turn on some background music and tune out the world. Enjoy a nice long breather…and then emerge hopefully revived and ready to kick some serious ass, get into high gear again and be Super Woman.
In my first story with 1 Night Stand, Maggie’s Secret Wish, Maggie is a busy career woman. She’s struggled with relationships and is more comfortable with her work and dreaming about her fantasies. A part of her would like to see her “secret wish” come true, but she’s certain it won’t ever happen. But Madame Eve has other ideas about that…