Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, y'all! It's time to confess. Time to tell us something you wouldn't necessarily say in polite company—or maybe you would! Share a little of your life with us, and be sure to check out the sinners in The Confessional.

The weather in New England has been horrible. For the last two weeks, it's been 60 degrees and rainy. Where is the "warm" in global warming I hear so much about?


This past week has been about balance. I fall back on that term a lot, but I'm trying to find the right mix of time for work, kids, and writing. It's been difficult. By the end of the day, which is 8:30 for me, all I want to do is crawl into bed and sleep. But writing is the cornerstone of who I am, so I need to make time for it, even if it's just a 15 minutes a day.


One of my new favorite blogs is Zen Habits. This blog champions simplicity, frugality, and balance. In their current article, "7 Ways to Raise a Happy Child," one of the points is Teach Your Child It's OK to Be Bored. I think it's a great example for kids, but I wonder how many of us actually learned that lesson. If anything, I'm overstimulated by blogging, texting, social networking, writing, and Red Sox games (I watch at least 150 games in season—can you as FANatic?). I really don't know how to just be.


Part of me enjoys having total control of my life again.


I am in the process of applying for a Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, which I have to pull together by June 30. My second manuscript is a huge part of the grant application. Have to make time to work on it; yet, I worry that it won't be as good as my first. I know, it's probably too early to be concerned about a "sophomore jinx," but it's in the back of my head.


Managed to send submissions to four journals this month. Now, I'll hold off on submitting until early August so I can revise and send newer work.


I'm wicked nervous about the reading in Bryant Park, one week from today. I know it will be OK, but the butterflies in my stomach have other ideas. Hope we have nice weather. May be time to buy a new dress!


Jill said...

Hey January! Sounds ike you are doing just fine with the balancing! You are such an inpsiration--you have no idea!

Thanks for the reminder to write at least 15 minutes a day! If I start NOT doing it, it takes me awhile to realize why I am so cranky! To see it written in print "15 minutes a day," is just the reminder I needed!

If I was to confess, here is what it would be: "Dear Muse, I confess it has been at least five days since I have written a poem." ACK!

Jill said...

inspiration--in case you couldn't figure it out!

January said...

Jill, I think I've gone 45 days without writing a poem. Ugh. But I'm going to a writers' workshop tonight so maybe my creative juices get moving again.

Hope you are well.

Deb said...

I love the It's OK to be bored idea. Rich & smart advice to everyone. I am going to try to take that advice, too.

It is too early to worry abotu not-as-good-No-2 ... but that is what your confessions are great for. Saying it. Getting it out and out Outta here.

(My confession is in response to a post from Rethabile today. I should have tried to poem it. But I wanted to at least mark it.)

Hugs to you.


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