Mid-May 14 :: Life Update

beltain14 012I’ve not posted at all in the last week; something incredibly rare for this blog.

I also don’t have any particular explanation. Yes, there have been things going on in my life, but I usually manage to work around them. As it turns out, right now, that hasn’t happened. (I even forgot to pay my credit card off until yesterday:: something I do on the 1st weekend of every month)

– OH had food poisoning and I spent the weekend caring for him and cleaning his kitchen

– Sekrit Project is in iteration 4 and 5. I’ve already said no to 6. News on the next stage will come by the end of next week. If negative, I’ll have to begin iterations 7 and 8. If not, then I can finally share about it.

– I’ve had some new deadlines looming for dayjob and general life.

– I’m 3 books behind on my 2-a-month challenge. Having said this, I began reading WARBREAKER by Brandon Sanderson yesterday and I’m currently 50% through it.

– I’ve… not been ill, but I’ve been in a constant state of run-down-ness. I’m not sleeping at regular times, not always eating decent healthy food, and I’m generally in a close-to-tearful state. This has led to being late to work more than once in the past fortnight, and generally feeling overwhelmed and anxious about life.

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So I’ve been thinking about priorities. Sometimes, it’s okay to put writing second.

Yes, this is my contact with the world; and I value my blog. It’s important to have a routine or posting and I’m sorry I missed that last week.

But when someone I love is kneeling over the toilet and I need to get him some water and a hot water bottle; actually writing shouldn’t come first. Unfortunately, my dayjob has to come first because that’s how I afford food and shelter. I also work with vulnerable people who need me to do what I say I will. I’ve been meeting my ‘minimum’ of 429 words a day because taking 20 minutes out to write gives my brain a break from these worries.

So far this month I’ve written 12154 words. That makes my 2014 novel-writing wordcount so far 58,780 words. If I can keep up this chain, I’ll be back on track for the end-of-year writing goal by the end of the month.

How do you manage priorities in your life? What comes first? 

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