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Okay, so there are days where I think we all get to that point of “AH, how the heck am I supposed to get through this, or I won’t ever get this or this done.” It can be overwhelming. Between the day job, the writing, lots of running with the kidlets, long commute to/from work—court, deadlines…ah, you name it. It’s called life, right? Busy. Creativity sucking. Mind boggling. Life.


Since I do most of my writing during my lunch hours at my day job, I have a couple of things that are hanging on my desk that kind of keep me going or give me that extra push when I need it. Those moments where I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel (or I feel like I’ll never get this chapter I’m writing just right—or the day job work off my desk etc).


The first is a poem by Robert Frost. It was something I had to memorize for my English Lit class in high school. A poem that has stuck with me forever. I’ve had it hanging at my desk since I started the day job almost 15 years ago, as well as had it in a notebook when I joined the army right out of high school.


The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost:


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


This is one of my ALL time favorite poems…so inspiring for those days when you’re like “Why am I doing this again?” LOL. Or when you just need a pick me up.


The other poem is by an Unknown Poet:

 When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to small, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—

You may succeed with another blow!

 Success is failure turned inside out—

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And never you can tell just how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far.

 So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—

It’s when things seem the worst that you must not quit.

 See what I mean? LOVE these words…they’ve been the driving force behind me for years. Do you have any poems or sayings or quotes that kind of keep you on track when things get crazy? If so, feel free to share them below.

 Hope you’re having a FAB summer. Mine so far has been crazy busy! And it’ll be getting more busy (LOL). In the midst of plotting a “secret project” with some other lovely authors. SO excited about guys. Will hopefully have more details on that beauty come September. I’ll also be getting edits for How to Unbreakup come August (can’t wait for you guys to read this nerdy, summer romance—which will come out I believe in January 2015). And of course, I’m nearing closer to the release of The Winter People (September 2, 2014). OMG, I’m flipping freaking out here…hahahaha. So excited. I’ll be speaking at the Fremont Public Library (in Fremont, MI) in October, I’ll post more details as I get them.

 ((HUGS))…and let my vacation countdown begin (less than 3 weeks—squeeee)…then it’ll be me, in the wilderness enjoying some camping, hiking, and rafting!

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Okay, so most people who know me, know I have MAJOR OCD issues when it comes to schedules and calendars. Seriously, sometimes it’s almost debilitating how much of my life is pretty much “calendared” in. And the thing is, I need this organization, or I’m anxious and freak out. I live by a strict schedule and it’s SO hard for me to function when something doesn’t go according to plan.

For instance, I get to work 40-45 minutes early every day. I sit and read for about 20-30 minutes. Then at exactly 8:13, I go inside and get my stuff prepared. I have my diet coke opened at 8:30 am. People are probably like “You get to work how early?” But it’s like I want to make sure I have extra time in case something happens/comes up to make sure I’m prepared for my day.

With the type of job I have, I have a calendar that I know I have specific hearing days/appointment days. But there are times when I get called into court for something and it totally screws up my entire day. It’s like I’ve then got to go back through and reconfigure everything.

Vacations are a HUGE chore too, because I have to have an itinerary of what I’m gonna be doing, when, and how long and where I’ll be. This drives my hubby crazy (LOL). He’s a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of guy. But I freak out. I like to be on a strict schedule and know where I’ll be. Like if we’re supposed to check in after 3:00, I want to get there at 3:00 or prior to. Hubby/kids will sometimes want to detour to stop and do extra things that aren’t on the schedule and I’m on the other end pointing out that we need to be at check in and we’ll be late. A lot of times, I’ll spend months ahead of time trying to figure out what we’ll be doing. And I put in all my vacation leave applications like 6-8 months ahead of time.

I show up to pretty much everything 30 or more minutes early. I can’t handle the idea of walking in late. And I’m like a freaking bear when my family isn’t ready to go when we’re supposed to leave. I’m constantly leaving sticky notes on the counter reminding kids of sports practices/games etc, even though they have the same schedules for practices every week. And my hubby knows when they need to be picked up/dropped off but I’m also leaving reminders for that.

Of course, in the writing profession it’s great to be able to stay on a strict schedule, especially for deadlines. But when something changes, like a release date, it puts me in panic mode, because that means I have to reconfigure my calendar and figure out when new deadlines/releases are. Having written for a few publishers, I can tell you things can sometimes come up and it’s hard to get readjusted.

I’m the same way with emails and phone calls. If someone says/mentions they’ll get back w/me on a certain day or time and that time comes and goes. I get worried that maybe I put something on my calendar wrong or read the email wrong and I go through prior emails/interactions to make sure I didn’t mess something up. Then I check and check and check my email like every 2 seconds and recheck my calendar or my phone log. But then I don’t want to recall/re-email the person because I don’t want to seem like I’m bugging.

It’s a daily cycle for me. And it’s SO hard to not focus on schedules/calendars etc.

So yeah, I’m really OCD and schedule driven and sometimes that sucks. I spend so much time planning every aspect of every day. And when a wrench gets thrown in, I’m not always great about working around it. Does anyone else have OCD issues? If so how do you work around them or are you like me, still a work in progress.

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Summer is officially here! Woot-woot (LOL). We’ve gotten all our yard work done and the kids are out of school. We got our pool opened and the dogs have gotten their “summer” haircuts. The only thing I don’t like is the really humid, hot weather, so I’m hoping it doesn’t get too ridiculous this weekend.

I’ve been taking the kids up to the soccer fields since school got out to keep them in shape and them out doing stuff. And it gets me outside too (since I spend a majority of my time indoors w/the day job).

This upcoming weekend we’re having a bonfire/pool party for my daughter’s b-day (which was actually yesterday). LOL. We’re on track to have a TON of people over (ahhhh).

And of course, because stuff has been busy at work/home my editorial letter for Legend of Me showed up this week. I have to do some overhaul on a few things (GAH–runs around in cirlces, arms flailing above my head). Some of the changes are kind of big and I’m freaking out a bit. Like, “Can I actually pull this off?” And, “OMG, how the hell will I manage to get this scene just right.”

Editorial letters always put me into freakout mode. I love doing edits, but worry about getting things right. I really need to get everything figured out/rewritten/fixed w/in the next 2 or so weeks (gulps).

Hopefully these edits will nudge me back into writing mode again as I haven’t written anything in like over two months! Trust me, I have LOTS of things I need to be working on (LOL). But summer seems to have this slow-down net over me. Every year, it’s like my mind decides to slow down (sometimes shut down–LOL) and not cooperate. It’s like I’m only programmed to write like 8-9 months of the year.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. I’m looking forward to August when we head out for our annual camping trip to the UP (oh yeah). And of course, August seems FOREVER away.


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