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A Missed deadline

I missed a deadline for my writing.

Granted, it was a self-imposed deadline and no one was telling me I had to write for this particular anthology, but it was still a wake-up call.

We all need to find balance in our lives.  We are all working with the same 24-hours in each day. I have been spending a good deal of time recently researching agents and polishing my query letter and book proposal. Over the weekend, on those mornings when I did not take a walk with my sister (we don’t walk on the weekends) I spent hours searching publisher’s and agent websites. Hours I normally spend writing.

And now I am itching to get writing again. While the search for an agent or publisher is a necessary evil towards publication, what I really want to do right now is write.

So I have promised myself an entire week of not searching so that I can concentrate on my next book. I also vow not to sit and wait for an answer from an agent or a publisher, or a magazine editor that I have submitted to. I have learned that the best thing to do when waiting is to keep writing.

I missed a deadline, but there are more out there.


Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Certified grief counselor and Senior Service librarian for the James Kennedy Public library. Popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing, couponing, utilizing your creativity in everyday life, and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015. Grief journal to be released in 2018.

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