Becoming a finalist in the 2012 RWA® Golden Heart® contest is something I dreamed of achieving, yet never really thought I would. I feel so honored to be recognized by my peers, and I send out my congratulations to all of the finalists, and to the RITA nominees. Winning is lovely, but as I’ve said before, to be recognized is more than enough.
Thank you everyone for the wonderful congratulatory emails, messages on loops, and comments on social media sites. In addition, two of my favorite people honored me in their blog posts last week: huge thanks to authors, Jennifer Crusie: www.arghink and www.reinventingfabulous.com and Lynne Marshall: www.lynnemarshall.com
It means so much to me, to experience this outpouring of love. Between congratulations from fellow writers, family, and friends, it has been an extremely busy week. Let us not even mention the GH Loop, or the requests to guest blog on other people’s blogs. Also, I’ve just learned that The Golden Network will soon be inviting us to join. Oy vay! There is so much to do. And I just started another romantic contemporary with a British flavor. I love the story and crave to shut the doors, go into my cave, and tap away at the keyboard.
There are so many times as a writer that we close ourselves off to the real world and sometimes even from our loved ones, while we pursue this ever fleeting dream. When we finish a manuscript and raise our head to look around for company, we can often find we’ve been forgotten. Maintaining balance between the writing and life, the day job, exercise, chores, family, pets, friends, and significant others, is indeed a juggling act. Then when we do publish we need to find ways to be “discovered.” There is promotion, marketing, maintaining a website and blog, social media, blog tours, remembering to give back to those who have extended a hand of friendship, and the writing of the next book.
It seems the only people who truly “get” us are other writers. But that doesn’t mean we can use that as an excuse and close ourselves off to life’s experiences. We have to engage in order to fill the well. We need to shed light on our body and recharge our brain with energy. We have to take time out to replenish ourselves and our experiences so that we have something to write about. We chose this dream but we can’t let it consume us. We have to hold it close, keep the vision always in our awareness, and move forward with company by our side.
This week I’ll be blogging at:
Wednesday, 4th April: www.chicklitwriters.com/blog
Thursday, 5th April: www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com
Please stop by if you get a chance, but you don’t have to show up for all of them. I mean that is asking a lot! Thanks again, everyone. I love my company. Now tell me, if you are a creative person, how do you balance your life and your art?