brit_columbia (brit_columbia) wrote,

I have no more visitors, my father and my husband are out, the cat is asleep, and the rest of the day belongs to me! I have just finished cooking a delicious spicy and not-too-sweet mango and nectarine chutney for my husband. Naturally I had to give it a taste-test with some feta cheese, and that's how I know it's delicious.

Later I plan on riding my bike to the gym and then having my dinner in front of the computer while putting the finishing touches on chapter 18 of A New Day.  Hopefully sometime tonight I'll be able to send it off to my beta and resume work on chapters 19, 20 and 21.  I like working on many chapters simultaneously because the story is whole and complete in my head.  So far, I have not suffered from writer's block, so I don't really understand what it is when other people complain about it.  I have a head full of stories that are begging to be written and I know I won't live long enough to write them all.  My problem is time.  I have an extremely busy life.  Most days I'm on the go from 8 am to 10 pm, sometimes after midnight.  My house is frequently full of people.  My husband likes to have dinner parties, so I regularly entertain up to thirteen people at a time.  And these are not potluck parties!  I usually cook two or three main dishes, plus I bake cakes for dessert, and prepare cheese/fruit plates and salads.  When we're not giving dinner parties, we're going to them.  I work full time and my job involves interacting with people all day long, so I don't have the opportunity to write at work.  Well, once in a while I do, but even when I get some time alone in my office, I have emails to write and admin stuff for my program to attend to.  So it's very hard for me to find time to write.  However, I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining because I actually have a lot to be grateful for.  I'm a creative person and although I'm extremely busy, I'm able to use my imagination in most areas of my life.  My job requires me to be creative, and all the cooking I do is also an expression of creativity.

I don't often get an afternoon and evening all to myself, however, and that's why I'm so excited about today!  Hours of me-time-- watch me dive in!  And there will be chocolate later.  Oh yes.

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