Wednesday, May 10, 2017
What To Do When Life Happens
Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books in lots of weird genres like fantasy (Blood of Kings and Kinsman Chronicles), science fiction (Replication), and dystopian (The Safe Lands trilogy). Find Jill on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or on her author website. You can also try two of her fantasy novels for free here and here.
Jill here. I'm taking a personal day from the blog this week. My father-in-law had open heart surgery and there have been some complications as he is trying to recover. So I've spent the past two days sitting at the hospital with friends and family, waiting for updates for doctors and praying that Dad's body will heal. And I'll likely be there all week. I naively thought that I might be able to write while sitting in the waiting room. Turns out nope. Lots of friends and family, coming together because they love each other. And that's good. And not writing right now is okay. Because sometimes life happens, and when it does, you have to deal with it. That's why we're here. To do life together. This has not been an easy lesson for me to learn. I'm both a work-o-holic and a perfectionist, and there have been times in my life when I chose work over life. I'm not proud of it. And no one holds any grudges against me for it. But I missed out on life because my priorities were all squeewabled. I've learned the hard way that that is no way to live. So the post I planned to write will wait until next week. And my book will get done eventually. And I will be with my family right now, where I belong.
How about you? It's okay to take a personal day every now and then. Are you prepared to put aside your writing when life happens?
Or do you struggle with the opposite? Do you take too many breaks? Sunny day? Doctor Who on TV? Feel like taking a nap?
Which do you struggle with?