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January 2010

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What do you do when writing get pushed aside by life? I mean, lets face it. As much as I'd like to write all the time, and never have to worry about other things--dinner, laundry, paying bills--it's not practical.

This season is possibly the most stressful time of year for me. There are numerous family commitments, a few parties with friends, shopping gift wrapping, cooking, baking, mailing cards, taking pictures, decorating and cleaning. And that's just the tip of the iceberg--within my personal life. Even on a normal year, writing would be pushed aside for the harried holiday season.

But this year is far from normal. This year on top of normal Christmas stuff, I'm in the middle of the insanity that is pre-launch. Other authors have reminded me to enjoy this--and in truth, I am! It's ridiculously exciting to watch the days slide by and prepare my site and wonder how the book will do and finish last minute things that have to be done. And I'm never unaware of the fact that more people than I can count would love to be where I am.

However...writing has been set aside with an apologetic promise to return to it in the New Year. Does that happen to anyone else? In the stress and busy work of daily life, does writing sometimes get shifted to the backburner?

And if so...is that acceptable? For the moment, I am okay with my lack of writing--I'm preparing for the release of my first novel, after all. But many other times I've found myself too busy to write, and I've had to stop and reorder my priorities, find time for the 'hobby' that is so much who I am.

Am I alone? Or do you do the same? And if so--what do you do to bring yourself back to the writing?