Other Than Writing...

When it comes to my writing, I look at it as a job.  It may be a fun job and one that I can balance with other aspects of my personal life, without having to worry too much about what I should put first, but it's still a job.

Since I dictate my own hours and set my own priorities, that also means I need to see when it is time for a break.  As much as I love writing, it is possible to get burned out, or at least realize that I need to give other things priority in my life.

January seemed like a good month to do just that.  Although I mentioned writing a bit in previous posts, that's all the writing I did since the beginning of 2012 - a bit.  I have given myself permission to spend this month doing other things. 

My priorities for the rest of the month include beta reading for a fellow author, doing genealogical research for a friend, and finishing a cross-stitch for my husband.  There are random things to do, like getting our clunker to the junkyard, getting the kitten spayed, and decluttering in general.  Of course, the usual daily household routine applies - homeschooling my son, cleaning the house, running errands, caring for my caique, and enjoying family time in general.

My husband took 3 weeks of leave and this is the perfect time to get things done.  He wanted to travel to Ireland, but I don't even have my civilian passport (just my No Fee passport).  Thus, I can't travel anywhere, except home to the U.S. and here to England, where we are stationed.  So there's yet another thing to get done this month - get my civilian passport application out to the consulate!

It probably sounds like a rather boring month, but it is balanced out with plenty of reading and movie watching.  ;)

However, after the past couple of weeks of focusing on things other than writing, that urge to get back into my stories is getting stronger.  I am one of those people for whom writing is like breathing - I need to do it.  If writing is centered in my heart, then genealogy is my mind.  Oddly enough, the two work together.  Escaping into a fantasy world satisfies my spirit, while resolving family mysteries satisfies my intellect.

What do you do, other than writing (whether you need a break, or just in general on a day-to-day basis)?

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan


  1. I read. Not as much as I used to, but I am getting there. I tidy up. Watch trashy movies. Go for long walks. Exercise. Cook. That sort of thing.

  2. Long time no see. Looks like you are very well. Things have changed since I was last on. Many blessings to ya!

  3. Many things have changed, Kitten! I still keep a homeschooling blog at http://freya-betweentheworlds.blogspot.com/ but it's fairly boring. ;) How the heck are you?!

    Diandra, I love to read and I've been very good about making more time for it over the past several months. Ah, trashy movies - those are definitely a wonderful way to relax and enjoy a couple of hours.

  4. Wendy, I have awarded you the "Versatile Blogger Award!" Come collect it here: http://www.lucyswing.com/2012/01/versatile-blog-award.html

  5. I used to read a LOT more than now. eyes are getting dimmer and need bright light! I love crafts. I do Fabrege Eggs, and miniature doll houses. I am an artist as well. when I do write it is mostly about what is current.

    Therefore I am very happy to allow others to write the good stuff. and enjoy it very much.

    BTW I began homeschooling when it was very unacceptable to do so in the early 80's. . they are all grown now, and mom is the one out playing now!!