Over the last twelve months, two horses found their way to
my little farm and into my family’s heart. My youngest daughter reached another
competitive level on her junior Olympic gymnastic team and my oldest daughter
slaughtered dozens of high school mock trial teams as a lowly eighth grader. Thanks
to Writers of Kern, my middle daughter was published in WOK’s anthology.
Although these are just a few highlights of 2018-2019, to say it’s been a busy
year would be a massive understatement.
Working side by side with Writers of Kern’s board is such a
privilege. These men and women are incredible in their drive and kindness. I’ve
thoroughly enjoyed rubbing shoulders with them over the last several years but
the last several months have taught me that time is fleeting.
This fall I’ll have all three daughters in three separate
schools (elementary, middle and high school). Each has their own dream and
aspirations—but only one set of parents. Both Damon and I are shifting our work
schedules to become more available for our girls, including non profit and
charitable work. I will continue writing (and editing) but have become
extremely selective in the projects I’ll take on.
We had an incredible speaker for June. Esther never pictured
herself as an author, and now she can’t imagine life without characters and
plots in her head. She, like so many other wonderful writers, helped me reach
the personal decision to step back and refocus how my time is spent.
Graduations and summer are just around the corner but nothing
has me looking to the future quite like my recent injury—my horse accidentally
stepped on my leg.
The girls were spearheading their largest fundraiser to date.
It was a split event with a gymnastic mock meet inside the facility and a fundraising
Instead of elevating my leg, I trudged onward. And yet, I would
have forced my little gymnast to lay down and take it easy but as a mother of
three, the show must go on. My saintly mother-in-law flew in to help with our
massive undertaking but even with her, I spent far too many hours on my feet.
By Saturday afternoon, my leg quit working altogether. Swollen
twice its normal size—with a beautiful array of blue, black and purple coloring—I
was forced to sit. Damon called in a work favor and here I am with my leg in a
compression sleeve and crutches within arm’s reach. Until the MRI is read I’m going
to pretend the hematoma will miraculously shrivel to nothing and that the torn
calf muscle is just a sprain.
We have fifty chickens, four dogs and two horses. The daily
chores of collecting eggs and shoveling horse manure aren’t exactly conducive
to sitting—or crutches.
But in the midst of the chaos, I’ve been forced learned
a few things.
One, my children are naturally kind and genuinely want to
pitch in and take care of their mother.
Two, it’s okay to let go. I like a clean house and a clean paddock. Physically, I can’t
keep up with either. The kids already have their list of chores, homework and practice
(gymnastic, mock trial and instruments).
Three, there’s beauty in being still. I love to streamline—I
love efficiency. There’s always a
quicker or more productive way to accomplish tasks.
Yes, even writing. My brain does a happy dance every time I
find a more efficient way to do something. But sometimes, I forget there’s also
merit in doing nothing.
With summer just around the corner, take a moment to put
down the computer or the pen and just be. Who knows, maybe your next novel will
bubble up in the midst of being still.
It's that time of year where Writers of Kern celebrates its members. Snag your seat and come to relish in our (and your) success.
If you have been traditionally published (or know a fellow
member that has) please let us know! All traditionally published authors—not self
or indie published—are eligible for the Robert Hargreaves Award.
Dan McGuire Blog Challenge Recipients:
Our fellow bloggers will be receiving their award, come and
help celebrate their success!
Joan Raymond, Clarissa Kae, Natalia Corres, Judy Kukuruza,
Lily Hobbs, and Ann Cook