I got a couple of phone calls recently from a family member (notice how I'm not naming names). Both calls went something like this:
Nameless family member: What are you doing?
Me: Working on my book.
Nameless family member: Is that all you ever do?
Me: Well, it's not going to write itself :)
I tried to be nice and I think I succeeded, sorta. I did stop at that and change the subject so I wouldn't add, "If I didn't have to stop to answer silly questions it would go much faster." Really, it could have been much worse but I'm such a kind, considerate person ;)
Some just don't understand writers enjoy writing. It may seem like an obsession and okay, it is. We love it. I'm sure those who spend countless hours playing video games or watching silly movies and TV shows would understand, but not all do.
Many of us work full time jobs, have pets, children, or both to care for, spend time with family, or try to have a social life. We try to balance children's activities with school, sports, and home. Oh, and you have to feed everyone now and then. That's A LOT folks! Our plates are full! So, no, it's not all we ever do!
I read articles that give checklists to make time management work for you. Keep a calendar they say. I have a calendar. I keep meetings, blog dates, contest deadlines, conference dates, and dates I've promised something to someone . . . the list goes on and on. No calendar can create more hours in the day.
Am I alone in the time management / life tug of war? It's your turn now. Tell me how you really feel. Leave a comment and vent a little:)
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