Saturday, 7 May 2016

“The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it's all we'll need.” ― Ann Richards

My apologies for my absence last week. The one thing that any kind of loss teaches you is that you need to stop sometimes and be in the here and now. So, that's what I did. I drastically reduced my time on computer and iPad and, instead, spent many peaceful hours in my gardens weeding and planting. I took long walks with the love of my life and played with my pups. I took the time to enjoy friends, old and new.

I did send out a handful of queries, but that is all I did in terms of writing. I think I needed a break from it. I write seven days a week and, while discipline is important, time off is essential too. I am feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to dive back into Mags' story. Querying? Well, perhaps I'll hold back on that task until I see if there is any feedback on the few I sent out. I'd rather direct my energy into creation right now. And, when my words are exhausted, I will remember to balance the remainder of each day with those other things that nurture my soul—my husband, my dogs, my friends. And, oh yes, my gardens. J


  1. Hi Rose,

    It's nice to see you're back :) Judging by your blog posts, it seems you're quite good at living life to the fullest and enjoying also the small moments. Good luck with the queries you sent out, and I hope that your writing goes smoothly. And since I'm in the mood for poetry just now and it seems apt:

    "O me! O life! of the questions of these recurring,
    Of the endless trains of the feaithless, of cities fill'd with the foolish, ...
    What good amid these, O me, O life?
    That you are here - That life exists and identity,
    That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse."
    ~ Walt Whitman

  2. Nicole,

    Love that poem;thanks for sharing. Cheers to the verses we contribute! Hope all is well on your side of the pond. Take care. :-)

  3. Love the Ann Richards quote. It's something I need to remind myself of on occasion when I get so busy planning that I forget to live. I hope you'll keep showing us pictures of your pretty gardens.

  4. Good for you! Time off is golden when it refills the well of creativity.