Thursday, May 28, 2009

Too Much To Do, Too Little Time

I've been going in many different directions lately. Whereas, in the recent past, this blog was where I came every chance I got, I've been spending my time going in a few additional directions.

I'm reading three different books at the same time. The first one is THE BONE MAN OF BENARES: A Lunatic Trip Through Love and the World by Terry Tarnoff. I came across it in a blog. The author, Terry, is the husband of a friend of a friend of mine. The second book is SILVERLEAF LODGE by T.R. Baker and the third is GIVE THE LADY A RIDE (not yet published) by Linda Yezak. I met both Troy and Linda on the Christian Writers website and agreed to read their books.

Normally, I read one book at a time. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I've taken on all three at once and fortunately, so far, I'm managing to keep them straight. I read a chapter or two in one book and then go on to the next book and do the same. It's kind of insane but I feel the need to show my support to both Troy and Linda simultaneously, which I've been doing after each reading.

In addition to my reading, everyday, I always read the new posts to blogs written by my blogging friends as they show up and then I send them each a comment; I read and respond to personal e-mails and check on activities going on in CW. I've posted some questions in CW; I've posted a smidgen of my writing on CW; and I've posted my opinions on other writers' submissions in CW. Lots of e-mails come in to me related to my questions, posts and opinions.

I'm hoping things will settle down soon so I can resume a more relaxed state-of-mind. Of course, I've taken on all of these extra tasks voluntarily and any pressure on myself is self-induced. That's my personality. If I find that I enjoy something, I multiply it by ten and then hang on for dear life as I crash into walls, spin in circles and go crazy in the flurry of my activities.

I'm not looking for sympathy, just a chance to tell it like it is. Thank God, I balance my mental stresses with physical activities. I went for a run this afternoon and came back home feeling rejuvenated and ready to face the rest of the day.

I'm in the habit of posting at least one photo with my daily posts so off I go to come up with today's selection. I'm back. I found one that seems appropriate. That's my leg as I rush from one activity to another, too fast for the photographer. (Actually this was taken by my husband at the very end of the biathlon earlier this month. Unfortunately, I was just WAY too fast for him. Don't I wish!)

Someday soon, I hope to have something more interesting for you to read. All of the above is of great interest to me, but from your perspective, I don't know. Until then, just look at the pictures.


Sarah said...

The picture is perfect for this post Shaddy. It sounds like you're running as fast as you can to your next task, which, no doubt, probably involves supporting and encouraging all of us.

I so appreciate your kind heart and loving personality my dear. I'm sure all the writers you're following and reading will soon learn, if they haven't already, that you're opinion and encouragement are absolutely priceless and will lift them to the next level.

I treasure you my friend, and hope that you realize that I appreciate all that you do for everyone...just don't forget to take the time you need for you, ok?


Gullible said...

There's something about Shaddy critiquing a book that reminds me of sitting in front of a warm wood stove with a good friend, all the while munching on chocolate brownies to die for. Consider yourself very fortunate, folks, for Shaddy is with you.

K.M. Weiland said...

This is sounding a bit eerily familiar. Last month, I started seriously concentrating on strengthening my web presence, and my already jam-packed life has gotten pretty hectic since then. But, in light of the fact that I've gotten to meet some wonderful people (yourself among them!), it's been very worth it.

Rob said...

Shaddy I too am working on a book - need a fourth to read? Only joking :) Wow, three books at once. You'll have to let me know how that goes. I've considered that recently but haven't yet made the leap.

Another great post from you as usual! And your writing is always interesting, for my part. Keep on running those words across the barren land of the blank page, replanting the void with the seeds of imagination :)

Annie said...

I wanted to thank you soooo.......much for taking time in your day to read my updated posts! I really appreciate your encouraging words. It is because of the post you wrote about your triathlon inspired me to get moving!!!!! I admire you, my friend. You are definitely a SUPER gal!!!