"It is a fact that few novelists enjoy the creative labor, though most enjoy thinking about the creative labor."
~ ARNOLD BENNETT
The reality is that I am no stranger to chaos. As a government inspector for the last 24 years of my career, I was expected to fall out of the sky, surprising the subjects of my inspections, at any time of the day or night. As such, I worked a "schedule" assigned by a computer using a random number generator. I firmly believe that no two of the 296 months I spent on that job were the same, schedule-wise, so I have a good handle on seizing the moment. The difference is that now I never have to say, "I return to work on Sunday afternoon, and I have to get this done and that done before then." Now, it's "I never have to return to work, so I can do this before that, and catch up with the drudgery tomorrow or next week; it will still be there."
What I'm learning is that writing comes pretty far down the list, and part of the point of yesterday's post was to alert people that I'm not what I seem. On sites about writing, I naturally slant my subject matter to fit, whether I'm writing here on my own site, or as a guest on someone else's, and anyone who knows me solely by reading those posts could be excused for thinking that they're dealing with some dedicated wordsmith who lives to create the prose. What I've learned in retirement is that that is far from who I am.
So I write, and I write passionately, but it's one of many, many things I do. I'll spin that to my advantage by saying that writing is one facet of a full, well-rounded life, and I pity those people who say they spend fourteen hours a day engaged in the process of writing. There's a whole world out here, and I'm part of it.
And so is my writing. I expected this to take months to sort itself, and instead it happened overnight, largely with the wonderful help of my friends and fellow writers. I know where this fits in now, so if you'll pardon me, I'll take my leave; I have to go get a blimp in the air!
So read well, write better, and above all else, get out there and live life like you mean it!