Time Management

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.

                                                                                          —Albert Einstein


If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I spent the better part of four years unemployed. I had lots of time on my hands and, even when I had trouble thinking of something to talk about, usually managed to do one post a week here.

I’m not bringing this up to elicit pity from you or anything like that. I want to make a point, which I hope the title of this post will convey.

As of January 13, I began attending school to become a Network/Computer Technician. A few weeks back, I added the Web Programmer side of the curriculum, and that means I am now taking eight classes this semester. It’s a heavy load, considering I’m doing Networking I, where I’m in the process of learning subnetting, and in Program Design we’re learning the basics of programming and learning Visual Basic itself—which means we’re also learning to use Microsoft Visual Studio.

Again, this is not a pity party. I took this on willingly, though I have to admit I didn’t realize how much it would increase my class load. Luckily, this should be the only semester where it’s this heavy, so of course I’m looking forward to it being over with.

The point of all this is that I used to read about other writers who had trouble juggling their work lives and writing lives. They talked about how they had to get up early in the morning, long before anyone else got up, just to have time to write. They talked about how their professional and personal lives intruded on their writing dream.

And every time I read one of these, I’d think, Well, why didn’t you just take the time?

Man, don’t criticize someone till you’ve been in their position. I shoulda known that by now.

My lady love acquired a Bachelors in Business Admin, all while juggling two jobs, three kids and a husband (no, not me). I’ve always wondered how she did it, and I wonder even more now.

Bottom line: I’ve got to find time to write. Especially now that I’ve signed a contract, and Pen-L wants more books from me. I’ve been at a standstill for about a year now—ever since my second rejection by Aaron Priest—and it’s time I got off my butt and wrote some more. I’m trying to get fired up about the prequel for the Rural Empires series, and concentrating on it when I’m going to sleep the past few nights has caused ideas to start popping up—which I’ve dutifully, and gleefully, jotted down. Or, to be precise, put in my notes file for the book.

But I’m simply going to have to learn to manage my time better, and that’s all there is to it. I’m writing this at work (ssshhh, don’t tell my boss) while my coworker does a trailer check (no, I won’t go into details; I work a security job, that enough for ya?). I tend to do a lot of my homework at work—there’s quite a bit of free time right now—and I might start bringing my ms to work with me on a flash drive so I can get some word count in on the weekends.

Either way, things will be slow on the writing front until this semester is over with. But if anybody out there has suggestions on how to manage my time better, I’m open to them. Would appreciate them, in fact.

Oh, and don’t criticize anyone until you’ve lived through their situation.

Why can’t I learn that?





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