Tick-tock


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Insecurities

I’m not ready to face all of my insecurities this month, there are just too many to count but the umbrella residing over them is TIME. It’s ruthless. It’s already the fifth month of the year. Can you believe it?

Time seems to speed along without a care for anything or anyone. I’m not sure why I am panicking. My time management skills are good and I’ve hit every target I’ve set for myself so far this year. But to complete the cycle of writing, from that first word to the edited and completed project is such a long process; I do lose patience. I want to see results a lot quicker and to actually earn a cent or two would be rather nice. Maybe that’s why I’m a bit jittery – my overall target for this year is to see some payback for the investment I’ve ploughed into my writing career so far.

Maybe Einstein was right when he said: The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once. 
 
Do you fret about time?

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  1. 'to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose...' the quote is beautiful

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  2. Today, I'm fretting about everything. I've delayed my break to get today over with and promises fulfilled. But I'm tired, even the release of Parallels hasn't pulled me out of my funk. I too have two books to finish this year and I've barely touched them. Time is ticking away and I'm too tired to care right now. Where is that beach, those waves, that peace - my writing muse????

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    1. Sounds like you need a well deserved break, Yolanda. Don't forget to celebrate all your achievements this year!! A cocktail or two or three on that beach sounds like the perfect solution. The muse is never far away :)

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  3. I like that quote. It reminds of an episode of Doctor Who, where everything in history is happening at the same time.

    You sound like you've got a handle on time management. I still struggle with that, but mostly because I get side tracked by Facebook :-)

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    1. I have avoided the 'F' and will for as long as humanly possible :) Thanks for popping by Annalisa.

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    1. Purely because I published it twice :):)

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  5. Oh, I fret about not enough time all the time! There's never enough of it to do everything I need to do not to mention all the things I want to do. A time-turner would be extremely helpful, except I'd probably too much of a menace with one.

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    1. :) Thanks for sharing, Marcy.

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  6. I fret in a different way, I think. I just turned 67, and sometimes I get scared that I won't have enough time left to do what I'm meant to do. But then I catch myself and realize that keeps me from being in the present moment and doing what I'm supposed to do. Sigh!

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    1. Belated Happy Birthday, Karen. My mom turns 67 in a few weeks and she has no intention of retiring and certainly still has future plans. She's a great inspiration to me. So strong and positive, and embraces life.

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  7. Hi Nicola - I'm sure I'd get a lot more done .. if I could focus on what I need to do - publish my 'books' - ie the writing everyone keeps telling me to get on with ... so now must do - but got thrown a whammy - once that is over - then I'll be fine!

    Shortly I shall knuckle under - yes rewind the clock, let me find my way forward and then today can be today - ne'er mind we are where we are ... good luck and enjoy break ...

    Herefordshire is a lovely county and I love being in that part of the world ... usually lost - but it's so beautiful ...

    I wrote a post about 'Mangelwurzels' and my stay up there ..

    Cheers for now - Hilary

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Hilary. There are so many lovely places in the UK. If you find out how to rewind the clock - patent it! and then share. Will we IWSG get a huge discount? :) Have a lovely month of May.

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  8. Oh my, don't remind me of time! The 5th month already? Groan. I wanted to finish the first draft of my current WIP by November, but it's not looking good.

    I hope you get everything done you want to get done! At least with time, we know that we all have the same amount--24 hours a day. :)

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    1. Thank you Loni. Good luck with your goals too!

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  9. Last month felt like everything happened at once...
    You're on track - just keep moving forward.

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    1. Thanks for the words of encouragement, Alex.

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  10. Time is so inconsistent - it drags when you want it to hurry up and flies past when you want it to slow down! I hope that payback comes soon. Writing is a jittery business xx

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    1. So true, Teresa. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

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  11. Time is one of my biggest fears. The damn thing just won't be corralled.

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  12. I've been fretting so much about time lately that I've actually decided not to worry about it anymore. Having children has really taught me to just go with the flow and to not stress about the things that aren't absolutely urgent.

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    1. Oh yes, children can do that and it's not a bad thing :) Thanks for popping over Quanie.

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  13. Oh yes, it is a long process. I'm naturally impatient and the long process has been getting to me too lately: a year to write the book, 3 months to edit it, 3 months to wait for a reply from my publisher if they want it or not, 2 months to edit with my publisher, and then 2 months until I get release day info and usually 2 months before that day comes. So 2 years...

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    1. It excrutiatingly long winded. A steep learning curve :)

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  14. Sometimes I fret about time. But the older I get, the less I fret. There's no point to it because fretting is a waste of... time! :)

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  15. Yes, I do get concerned about time. It does go along at a merry clip and often I'm not sure I'm accomplishing what I should. The good thing about you is that you're hitting your time targets.

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    1. Thank you for the words of encouragement.

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  16. Always!! I am always fretting about time. What if I don't have enough to finish all I want to do? But that's a dangerous thought to the writer brain. It will spin us right out of control. Keep setting your goals and hitting them. And always remember, there are plenty of people who would like to write a book, but few ever put the words on the page. You've already accomplished more than you know!

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    1. Aaaww thank you, Elizabeth. I think we all need to remember those accomplishments when the tough times hit.

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  17. Sometimes time just runs away from me, but this year I have been making good use of my time. I have been writing and reading a lot.

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    1. That's great to hear, Rachna. Keep up the good work and thanks for stopping by :)

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  18. Nicola, if I could extend the day I would. Not enough time to do everything I want. I'm still amazed at how quickly days/weeks/years flash by. I guess all we can do is make the most out of the time we have. Best wishes.

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    1. Very true, Diane. Every moment of life is precious. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a lovely week.

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  19. Each day is a precious gift. Savor it slowly. Do what is the most essential each day and let yourself breathe in the moment. Have fun with life. :-)

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    1. A wise outlook, Roland. Thank you.

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  20. TIME! I fret about it so much I write about it. Time manipulation is my ultimate dream. There's never enough hours in the day. Or night. Here's to making due with what we do have!

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    1. Here, here, Crystal :) Thanks for popping by.

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  21. Such a brilliant mind in all ways! Loved that Einstein quote.

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  22. I try not to think too much about time, or else it freaks me out. It's scary to see it slipping away.

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    1. It does keep us on our toes :)

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  23. I definitely fret about time! Sometimes I consider doing crazy sleep routines to fit in more time in the day but then I sit and have a chat with myself and let myself politely know that you're not supposed to torture yourself doing what you love so. Yeah. Time, man!

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    1. Oh, I need my sleep :) And you are right Mia, we should enjoy every moment of our writing journey.

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  24. I feel ya! I keep hoping that I'll get faster at this. And I guess I have become so, compared to finishing my first book. But I get frustrated when I hear people say I should be cranking bout 3 or 4 books a year. Not in this life.

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    1. :) I'm hoping to get faster very quickly. Otherwise I'll die a very poor woman :)

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  25. All. The. Time.

    Perhaps you need to take the pressure off. If your time management skills are good, the book will get complete in a timely manner. Be good to yourself. The rest will follow.

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  26. I'm always anxious because I feel time and opportunities are passing me by. I hope to manage my time better. Good-luck reaching your goals. You are making progress. Just don't give up.

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    1. Giving up isn't in my nature but I do grumble a little along the way :)

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  27. There's never enough time to do everything I want. I'd love to have a time turner. The things I could accomplish with a few more hours each day. :)

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    1. Thanks for popping over, Cherie. I think I'd catch up on some sleep if there were a few more hours :)

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  28. No I can't believe it. How is it May? It should only be February at most. But it's good that you're managing your time. That's the only way you can deal with such a tricky beast.

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  29. I kind of feel like everything is happening in May this year. I'm so busy with other things when I'd rather be writing.

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    1. I'm a grump if I'm not writing :)

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  30. Time is giving me issues too. It's screaming past at a horrible rate. I guess all we can do is make the most of what we have.

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  31. Father Time marches along relentlessly! There's not a thing we can do to control him.
    I don't really fret about it. But I would like to get more writing done in a smaller frame of time. The thing is, I write slow. *sigh*
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    1. Unfortunately, we can't control Father Time so we do have to make the most of it :) Thanks for popping over, Michelle.

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  32. I'm starting to realise I won't live long enough to go everywhere I want to go and do everything I want to do. Maybe that should make me fret, but actually it's done the opposite - I'm making the most of my life (hopefully there's a lot of it left!) and trying not to waste time worrying about the things I'll leave undone.

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    1. A positive approach, Patsy. Thank you for sharing.

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  33. My sympathies, Nicola - I find it more difficult writing novels because of impatience to see the finished result! But if your time management is good, that's a big plus for you. Take every day as it comes!

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  34. I'm not as worried about time as I used to be. When I first started writing for magazines, I got quite stressed about having enough time to keep up production (even more so when I was writing the novel alongside). I'm much more relaxed now.

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    1. Much better for the sanity, Wendy :)

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  35. I completely sympathize. I never seem to have enough time even when I'm getting things done. All we can do is keep pushing on. :)

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    1. So true, Christine. Have a lovely week.

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  36. I completely sympathize. I never seem to have enough time even when I'm getting things done. All we can do is keep pushing on. :)

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    1. Christine, you always seem to get heaps done in such a short time. You are my 'time guru' :) Such an inspiration. Have a super weekend.

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  37. Time is often not on my side. Thus routines, to try to bring order into the chaos!

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    1. I do like the challenge of organising chaos :)

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  38. I used to worry a lot about time, along with many other aspects of the writing life, but not so much these days. If there are a lot of other things to be done, I get up really early and write for as long as I can before the rest of the day intrudes, but apart from that I take whatever time I can and remind myself that even a hundred new words is another step closer than I was the day before.
    You can only do your best with the time available and it sounds as though you never waste a single second. Good luck with the final push! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. I was up at 05:30 yesterday to finally get the final draft of my novel (Oh, my I've said that so many times :)) ready for the editor. I haven't learnt how to stop fiddling yet. That will come I'm sure. So now, my time will be spent worrying that my editor will like my story. I've done it to death and it's time to move on to the next one which has been mulling for ages. Have a lovely weekend.

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    2. as you can tell by the poorly written sentences, I'm all hot and bothered. The sun is blazing :)

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  39. Time is a definite problem! I wanted to have so much more done on the revisions of my own work, but sadly, I'm falling behind.

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    1. I'm sure you'll catch up, Sherry. You can do it!!

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  40. Oooh, I like that quote from Einstein! It does feel like everything happens at once sometimes, though.

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    1. It does or at least in quick succession :)

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  41. Time? Where does it go? The weeks and months just seem to slip by and writing progress can seem painfully slow. I try to keep telling myself that as long as I'm moving forward I'll get there.

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    1. I like that - moving forward, even if it is painstakingly slow :)

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