In the last 12 hours, I’ve read two blogs that hit me square in the gut.
The first one was from Love.Life.Eat and was some tips on writing and what’s on her bookshelf. I responded to her post and said that’s exactly where I find myself. As I was finally getting back to my Morning Pages this morning, I wrote about the fact that just like her, I haven’t been reading much. Sweet Husband bought me a Nook for Christmas, and I haven’t used it to its full advantage. I need to change that. There’s so much that I waste my time on when I could be reading. It’s not to say that I don’t read. I read a ton of blogs – I’d say that there are probably 10-15 blogs in my bloglovin’ feed every day. I also read a ton of articles through Pulse each day – many of them long-form articles. But there’s something about novels and works of non-fiction. The stamina that is required to make it through a longer work – the attention and focus. I’m lacking that.
And I believe that my lack of reading directly relates to the lack of inspiration when it comes to my writing. Good writers are voracious readers. All of those words spilling across pages are inspiration. The dearth of inspiration is directly related to my inability to focus and read.
The other blog that I read was from Rita and Cane at This Sorta Old Life. There is a lot of stuff to juggle right now, and I’m struggling with balancing it all. On top of writing and photography and trying to take care of myself. I’m not ready to give up on a regular posting on my blog. I think, though, that perhaps I need to spend some time really thinking about a posting calendar – what posts do I want to do each week, what do I want to say? All of that is rather ironic in that I’ve signed up for Blogtoberfest. And that I’m thinking about a 31 Days Project. If I can ever figure out what those truly are.
But the question becomes…how do I balance it all? I’ve got some ideas, but I’m not sure how it’s all going to work out. I do know that balance is going to be key if I’m going to survive this transition back to the classroom and keep a strong, healthy, thriving marriage (perhaps that’s what my 31 Day Series is going to be about). I’ve got a lot to think about and some changes to make, which is always uncomfortable.