Ever feel like you’re on the treadmill of life and some joker keeps turning up the speed? It can get like that sometimes. In our modern world, we seem to be a lot busier than the folks of previous generations. The more labor saving devices we collect the more work we seem to have to do.  I’m retired for pity sake; I’m supposed to have time to smell the roses.

Okay, I can hear you now. You’re a mother of young children, you have a home to care for, you have a career, your husband has a career, you also write, edit, self-publish, and promote your own work. You take Yoga classes, you volunteer on Sundays, you garden in summer and you ski in winter. I admit it; you’re a goddess. Please rub your arm against me so some of that magic will rub off. I’d really like to do some of this once in a while.

What brought all this on, you ask? Why NaNo of course. I’m catching up, but I’m feeling the self-imposed pressure.  So, here’s the ROW80 check-in.

1.      Write 5000 words per week until first draft of WIP is complete.
So far I have well over five thousand words written so far this week. I’m going to make that NaNo deadline.
2.      Accept more requests for interviews. (Currently I only do about one in five. Bad me! I’m told I need to open up and get over my shyness.)
Just filled out another one. This is starting to be fun.
3.      Read and comment on at least one blog per day.
I managed this one, no problem.
Okay, friends and neighbors, Hop off your treadmill for a few minutes and tell me how you cope. I need all the help I can get. J

6 thoughts on “Treadmill

  1. Me too – how they cope with youngsters and day jobs heaven only knows – however, I have also discovered that old age is a very busy time – when I was organising lunch for my groups I run U3A so all retired- only 11 of us and out of the whole month I could only get one day everyone was free – it was their life, their grandchildrens life,their parents life all internmingled.

  2. I gave up my day job to be with my children. The fact that they are unschoolers, and not so little anymore, at 8 and 11, means that, so long as I am willing to work in sometimes unpredictable bursts, I can get a lot done.

    I am profoundly grateful to have a life that fits in so well with a writing life. It hasn't always been, and may not remain this way, and so I do my very best to both not take it for granted, and also to pay it forward by encouraging those whose lives allow less ease, where writing is concerned…

    It seems as though you are right on track, treadmill or no! Way to go!

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