Life: the Good Stuff

MC900444732It’s what we learn, as writers, that we should be putting into our stories: all the battles, the falling-in-love, the sexytimes, the tension; none of the teeth-brushing. In my case, it’s Life: the Good Stuff that’s keeping me from meeting my ROW80 goals, or in the case of next week, demanding that I once again set the bar low.

I’m talking things like end-of-year school programs, concerts, senior recognition programs, and planning a graduation party. We had each of those last week, and more this week. In addition, this week is Birthday Week: me, my husband, and my sister-in-law all have birthdays this week, plus today is Mothers’ Day. So a lot of life-interference, as far as the writing goes, but no complaints here, as it’s all good.

Despite the busyness, last week didn’t turn out too bad:

  • Writing: partial – complete research for short story & and do initial read-through – I researched, and got about 1/3 of the way through the read-through.
  • Fitness: partial – 5 workouts – got 3 in.

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I also got graduation announcements out, and got the brochure for my new-business-owner relative completed and off to the printer. So not a bad week at all, despite the lack of green above.

We have a family get-together today, and another one evening later this week. There’s a band concert another evening this week. We also need to have a family meeting to pin down the rest of the details for the grad party, so I’m setting the bar even lower this week:

  • Writing: complete initial read-through and mark-up for revision
  • Fitness: 3 workouts

Β What about you? How do you manage to keep going on your normal activities when life’s crazy all around you? Even when it’s a good-crazy? I’d love to hear from you (and could use the tips)!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Hey, a Taurus like me! I didn’t get much done last week either. πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your week and do what you can! I totally believe in allowing life to happen sometimes. *g*

  2. I love that you’re not wasting time worrying about the things you can’t get to because you’re making time for the good stuff. That good stuff will keep you moving forward and fuel your ROW80 goals when you have time for them.
    I could use the tips too, but I think you’ve found an important one already.
    Happy Mothers Day AND Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great week.

  3. A belated Happy Birthday, Jeanette. When Life interferes, may it always do so for joyous things like birthdays and celebrations. πŸ˜€

    As for setting the bar low… As long as you keep setting a bar to reach for, you’re still going to make some progress. Keep making progress.

  4. Yes to the good stuff. This is exactly where I was at last week. Now I have to play catch up, but hanging with family is so worth it. Happy Birthday week!!

  5. Ruth, thanks!

    SJ, I think we do need to just let the good stuff happen and not worry about the writing sometimes. Hope yours is a good week too!

    Eden, thanks! And a good way to look at it – at least I still have a bar!

    Coleen, I could so relate to your post! Yay for good stuff! And thanks! πŸ™‚

  6. If you have to be held up from your writing it’s best that it be by the good stuff. πŸ˜‰ Happy belated birthday! Darn that FB for not letting me know. Or you for not letting FB tell me. Sounds like you have a really great week, none-the-less. I saw the pictures of your daughter last week when she head out to prom. Looking fabulous! As for me, I curled up in a hole and hid last week. I think I felt overwhelmed after the weekend at conference and needed a break before taking on any social media. I’m working my way back into it now.

  7. It’s great when you have good stuff that interferes with the writing life. After all, life is the stuff we draw our inspiration from–good or bad. Happy belated birthday, too. Hope it was great.

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