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“My days are full, yet I keep asking: how can I fill them just a little bit more …”

That’s my tagline, which you can read in full to the right of this post. In practice, it means integrating work with life. Work isn’t over here, and life over there; ideas are everywhere, experiences intermingle. It means conversations about deep things grabbed in passing. It means discussing story ideas over supper. It means writing about things that matter to me; or finding ways to make the things I’m writing about matter more.

I think it can be a confusing way to live. It’s next to impossible to keep things in balance. But maybe that’s coming at it from the wrong angle. Maybe balance is not so important; maybe what matters is throwing yourself in to whatever you’re doing, at any given moment, and being there.

It’s not about ticking boxes, or trying to fill the columns evenly.

Into what column would I file running? And how would I categorize photographing the kids on a sunny afternoon? Watching a soccer game? Baking bread? Cleaning the bathroom? Writing a new song? Doing an interview? Leading a workshop?

Today’s experiences include: spin class; preparing supper in the crockpot before breakfast; research; spending the afternoon with my four-year-old; conversations with friends; organizing my kids’ running club; taking my daughter to soccer practice and going for a run; and stopping in at a city meeting about a parking garage planned for our neighbourhood that will block a bike trail.

I’m leaving a few things out. Deliberately. I’d like to blog about my current writing plans and projects, but the truth is that freelancing is a tricky business, not just in its feast or famine nature, but also because not everything comes to pass; or happens when, or as, you think it’s going to happen.

But it’s a solid day, in a week that looks to be packed as full as ever.

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A funny thing that happened on Saturday afternoon. I walked uptown to buy food, and stopped in at Words Worth Books. There at the front counter was The Juliet Stories. My first thought was, oh, that’s nice, it’s displayed right at the front. But then I realized it was stacked on a pile of unrelated books — not part of a display, but about to be purchased. It was a “Wow! You’re buying my book!” moment. When the customer discovered I was the author, a pen was found and I signed the book for her, right then and there. She was shopping with friends, and one of them ran to get a copy so I could sign it for her too. It was a little burst of excitement, all around.

And, see — it fits in no particular column. Household chores? Check. Being a writer? Check. Wandering into a new, unplanned, and unusual experience? Check, check, and check.

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4 Comments

  1. Balancing life….it is a trick. I think in all honesty, that the computer has created imbalance as I get side tracked so often. Then the positive is all that has opened my eyes with blogging.

    Carefully I do what I want to do and what I need to do each day.

    Writing I wish I could do more of…I marvel at those who publish books on juggling their days.

    I should look to see if your book is at our local bookstore…I’m curious and embarrassed that I don’t always go there to buy my books. We have so many options nearby that I try to be a patron to all of them.

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  2. Are you in the States, Ellen? I’m sorry to say that my book is not available there, at least not in bookstores. You’d have to order it online from a Canadian store.

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  3. Yes I am in the states…will it be available here soon? On Amazon yet?

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  4. Ellen, it’s available on Amazon.ca (the Canadian version). You can also order it from my publisher directly (you can click on the book’s cover along the righthand side of this page, and it will take you there). Or, it just occurred to me that I could actually send you a copy, if you’d like. What do you think?

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