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Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday's Muse~Chatting With Friends

In the chaos of editing, writing, cover designing, and preparing for the release of the final novel in the channeler series, it appears that fall sneaked up upon me. While driving back and forth between the house we're selling and the one we just bought (150 miles!) I normally have my nose pointed (don't worry, I'm not the one driving!) at a notebook, diligently writing. But during this last trip last week I wasn't able to write due to a headache (couldn't be overworking myself, naw) so I actually looked around and enjoyed the company and the ride.

Fall colors has transformed the landscape into golds, browns, reds, and oranges, much to my surprise. The last time I looked up I think it was spring. Seriously. The realization was a splash of cold water. I must step back and breathe, enjoy my family and friends, and live. I'm going to embrace that and chat with all of you lovely people not only this coming Monday night at 6pm Pacific Time on the #WritersRoad, but also this Tuesday at 6pm Pacific Time I'm doing a special author's chat alongside the fabulous Christine Fonseca. We'll be chatting about our books, writing, publishing, and giving away books and swag. Hope to see you there! To join in go to this link at 6pm Tuesday night.

How about you, have you ever been so busy that life has passed you by?

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  1. Yes, life gets too busy like that ALL the time. Sigh. It's hard to find the balance.

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  2. Ah...I'm glad you've had this revelation. I had the same one just before this past summer season, which moved me to take most of the summer off to spend time with family and friends. It has totally rejuvenated me.

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    1. That's exactly what I need! Glad to hear I'm not the only one. :)

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  3. We're doing the same thing as to buying and selling houses, only our house is 1500 miles away so we can't pop over at any given time. Getting the old house ready to sell has been a trip, is a trip. We only hope we can get it done soon before the snow comes. Thanks for posting and good luck with all your project.

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    1. Oh wow, that's crazy far! That makes mine seem so much closer. Best of luck to you too!

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  4. I used to be so focused on my writing, I stopped noticing the important things--like my family. Now they are my bigger priority again. When we had a chance to go biking this weekend, I turned down a playdate for my daughter so we could be together. Not that she knew about the playdate. And the mother invited my daughter over so she could entertained her friend while the mother got stuff done. I'm glad I put my writing aside and went biking with the family instead.

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    1. Good for you! I plan on making a lot more decisions like that. Family must come first or craziness ensues.

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  5. I'm glad you enjoyed the view, though would rather you'd not suffered the headache. We can sometimes be so wrapped up in writing, facebooking, tweeting and so on, that we stop noticing the beautiful things around us.

    150 miles? Gosh. You are moving a long way. The last time I moved it was just two miles.

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    1. That's so true, and we must slow down to enjoy the beauty of life. Wow, two miles?! I must admit, after driving 150 miles a few times, I would love to be moving only 2 miles!

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  6. What a beautiful wake-up call, Heather. Fall is my favorite season, and we haven't gotten to the golden hues around here yet, but I'm so glad nature grabbed your attention and gave you that critically important chance to really breathe! Lots on your plate. Hang in there! And best of luck with the move and sale. What a huge undertaking in the midst of all you're doing, but SO exciting!!!

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    1. It's my favorite season too! Seasons come fast in the high desert. Thanks for the good luck, I will take all I can get!

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  7. Heather, how beautiful. You know how I love fall colors and you reminded me of the importance of taking a breath and enjoying the moment. Live in the now. So now I'm going to walk to the gym and enjoy the moment. Breath in the colors of fall.

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    1. I know you're right there with me on being crazy busy so maybe we can slow down together for a moment and breathe. :)

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  8. *sigh*

    Missing the crisp, cool, fall air and lovely autumn colors like CRAZY down here in So Cal.... wonder how many years of perpetual summer I will last before crawling back to cooler climates... ( : Hehe.

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    1. I'd go crazy without fall! It's my favorite season. Sounds to me like you need a trip to Vermont this time of year. :)

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  9. Well said, Heather. In the end, it will not be our stirring prose on the pages but the loving people in our lives that will enrich our lives and hearts, Roland

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    1. So very true. Our words will go on to inspire others but it's the people in our lives that inspire us.

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  10. I'm still waiting for fall to hit. Summer seems to want to linger a bit longer. We have one cool day, and then the temps pop back to the upper 70's. Cools down at night though.

    As I look out my windows now, the maples are mixed with vivid green and gold... about a fifty/fifty mix.

    As for time passing by. YES, YES, YES! WHERE DID THIS YEAR GO! October is around the corner, and I feel like I had just left the SGBWI conference in NYC. Back in JANUARY!

    Good luck with your new book! ALL the best.

    Michael

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    1. It was like that for a while here but fall has finally settled in, though it's still sunny and dry. Thanks for the good luck!

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