I know. Most people say “winding down” since summer is almost over and there are only a few months left in the year. That’s not the case for me. Ha!
Writing was going great. Until it wasn’t. Now I’m struggling to get any words on the page. And that stinks because I love the story I’m working on. And the other one. And the Shiny New idea that popped up. I will get back there, despite myself. Because that’s exactly the problem. Me. I’m in my own way and I need to step back.
Of course, all of the things coming up and going on don’t help. (This is where the “stress” part comes in) There’s some family drama happening. Well, it’s been happening. It’s beyond my control, but that doesn’t mean I don’t constantly worry/am sad about it. There is literally nothing I can do and I know that. But it does affect so many parts of my life, writing included. Anyway. I hate it when people are vague on social media and I just did the same thing. Maybe one day I’ll talk about it, but it’s too complicated and painful to discuss right now. But it’s a direct contrast to the “good stress” I’m about to lay on you.
Our weekends have been and continue to be booked. This coming weekend is camp with the oldest grandboy, which should be a blast. I’m currently preparing my grocery list and hope to heck I can get enough food for the kid. He’s a string bean, but eats constantly. He’s an awesome kid and I’m looking forward to spending time with him. Our whole family group will be there for the first time in ages, so it should be a blast.
After that…it’s birthday parties, a big book signing for me that I’m equal parts nervous and excited for, another round of birthday parties (our friend group all has “milestone” birthdays this year–yeah, we’re getting old), an event in our town which will bring many people to my porch and street, and then our family beach trip. (Beyond ready and excited for that)
When we get back, our youngest son is getting married. They sprung this on us a few months ago and we’ve been helping them wherever we can. It’s not going to be a huge event by any means. Their guest list is about the size of a family party, so it’s manageable, and the space they procured is big enough to feel comfortable. I’m making the food, which seems daunting, but it’s not. The plan is set and is starting to come together. My biggest issue is figuring out what to wear, including shoes, and that’s a huge stressor. We also need to work on flowers more, but other than that… it should be good.
Then it’s more family birthdays and the holidays! Ha!
And I will continue to do the best I can to get words on the page. I need to finish this book. I’ve been working on it for far too long.
I hope your world is looking bright! And if it’s not, you’re not alone. There’s no magic balance that I’ve found. Basically we just do the best we can and if we screw it up, tomorrow is a chance to start over. Hang in there!