Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Musings: Does writing allow us to do anything else?

Welcome to your Sunday Musings

Ever wonder if all this writing we do ever stops us from doing anything else?

We wonder, too:

MJ LABEFF, New Mainstream author

The commitment it takes to write a full length novel often leaves me little time for family and friends much less anything else. My hubby will tell you my head’s always in my computer. It’s a balancing act. I’m stuck in the three Ws- work, workout, write. The math is pretty easy. Eight hours at work, two hours at the gym, one to two hours writing and then add on another hour or two on social media. If I had more time here are things I’d like to learn to do: cook, play piano and paint in either water colors or oils.

Okay, who am I kidding? I hate to cook. My ultimate goal is to spend more time with my hubby preferably at the beach in San Diego.

I would rather write than do anything else but if I could find more time, I would like to spend some of it drawing. I have done several portraits of people such as Marilyn Monroe, Sean Connery, Paul Newman, Elvis and Tom Cruise but they take me so long to complete, I am reluctant to spend much time on anything other than my writing! I love drawing anyone with an interesting face and I now have a hankering to draw the actor Aidan Turner, who is currently playing Captain Ross Poldark in the BBC production of Poldark, and try to capture his smouldering eyes. But I haven't made a start yet as I'm in the middle of the sequel to 'Daffodil and the Thin Place'!

Reading more books? Actually I find when I’m writing, I have to cut back on my recreational reading and binge watching TV (which is currently Supernatural, Sherlock, and The Librarians). Because I have a day job, and writing is my second job, I have to make sure I keep a balance with my family. If I wasn’t a writer, chances are good I’d either be involved with community theater or I’d still be playing either the piano or violin. For now, I’ll just keep my iTunes lists for my background music when I’m writing.

Not really. I mean, writing DOES take up a monumental amount of time. The only thing I've noticed is that I don't draw as much while writing. I express myself through image or word, rarely both. Drawing takes time usually, though not as much as writing. I hardly ever spend four plus hours on a drawing! If I'm drawing and writing at the same time, then life is in the ultimate balance. That doesn't happen that often. For example, I'm not writing anything new right now: I'm editing and prepping a couple different novels for publishing. I draw almost every day in order to relax. I AM writing scholastically. This past weekend, I wrote three different papers. Drawing is so different than writing, in a way. On my Instagram, @rekosinski, I post all my artwork for fun. It uses a different part of your brain than writing does, so it keeps me centered.

I have one of those jobs most writers would kill to have. I'm alone for over 7 hours, and left alone for most of that one. If the phone rings, I have to answer it and handle emergency calls in a specific and accurate manner. Most nights the phone doesn't ring. A really busy night will see me on the phone for a couple of hours out of the eight I'm here. The rest of the time, I'm free to do anything that doesn't interfere with taking a phone call. Writing is acceptable, so that's what I do.

The closest writing comes to really interfering with "real life" is the occasional debate between writing that night, and binge-watching something on Netflix.

Well, I do remember to breathe...

Writing is a vocation, a calling for me.  All is as normal while I am thinking through ideas, which is frequently the case, and when I'm doing research, but once I am really going strong on a book or in the midst of an edit, everything but everything apart from caring for the cats and fish tends to be parked on an increasingly mountainous to-do pile, literally forgotten or, at best, ignored.  I just about manage to pay bills and take care of first-class mail.  I am speaking about my own immediate personal affairs, of course.  I do not neglect family and friends, and before my retirement, I never neglected my work duties.

Dear reader, thank you again for joining us and we’d love to hear from you. Keep smiling and have a fun week. Never stop believing. See you next Sunday…nothing better than being cozy in bed with some Musings.

If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman  at

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