Multi-Tasking – A Typical Day!
Like most people these days, I’m a busy person. Today was a typical example. A rare day off that I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. The plan was to pop into town early and buy a birthday cake (it’s a kindness not to make people eat my baking!) and flowers for my mother, and then back home for a serious writing session. OK, so my teenage son has his Driving Theory test…no problem, I can drop him off in town on the way to the shops and then he can make his own way home….
Only it doesn’t work like that.
I get to Marks and Spencer and whilst debating between a pink or a yellow bouquet for mother’s birthday when my phone rings.
“Hi mum, I’ve got a problem….”
“… I’ve left some important paperwork at home and I need it…like…in 15 minutes.”
I do a quick calculation; there is no chance of getting from town to home and back in 15 minutes.
“It’s out of the question. It just cant be done….”
“But Mum, I’ll lose my slot and we’ll still have to pay.”
Needless to say thanks to some quick thinking disaster is avoided but, whilst trying to sort my son’s problems I lose my phone, forget to pay for car parking, go to the rendezvous only to find my son isn’t there…and that’s all before I start on what I needed to do today.
Get the idea?
Now if you are a woman, this is pretty much an everyday scenario; problem solving and multi-tasking…and that’s just in your time off!
I wouldn’t say I go to work for a rest, more of a change of pressure! I’m a veterinarian and there is a whole different set of stress involved with that. Telling someone there beloved pet is seriously ill ranks high up there on the list of difficult things to do …and strange as it sounds, that’s why I write historical romance. It is my escape.
That precious time when I retreat into the regency is time when I can leave the cares of the present behind. At the keyboard time flies, along with it my anxieties. People often ask “How on earth do you find the time to write?” and the honest answer is, “I make time.” I don’t watch much TV and have learnt to scribble down ideas and phrases in the odd five minutes here and there. Writing is my indulgence and it keeps me sane.
So you see if you need something badly enough you make it happen, besides which, I’m thinking of making my personal motto “If you want something done, ask a busy person.”
Oh yes, and my son did get his documents there in time ( they gave him an extra half hour) and passed his driving theory test (thank heavens!)
So how about you? How do you carve out some time for yourself and to what use do you put the time?
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‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ by Grace Elliot
Celeste Armitage has a plan…and that plan doesn’t include marriage.
After deliberately humiliating a suitor, Celeste’s despairing parents exile her to the country. But once there she discovers a sketch book of daring nude studies and is shaken to find the artist is her hostess’s eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing. This darkly cynical lord is exactly the sort of dissipated rogue she despises most…if only her blood didn’t heat at the thought of him…
Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf’s life is a façade. Only he can save the Charing’s from disgrace as a blackmailer seeks to ruin his late brother’s reputation. But just as Ranulf dares to open his heart to Celeste, the fury of his nemesis is unleashed… facing him with the stark choice between true love and family duty. However when Celeste guesses the truth behind his rejection, Ranulf underestimates her resolve to clear his name and in so doing places the woman he loves in mortal danger….
About The Author:
Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace lives near London and is addicted to cats, acting as housekeeping staff to five mischievous moggies.Grace believes intelligent people need romantic fiction in their lives as an antidote to the modern world and as an avid reader of historicals she turned to writing as a release from the emotionally draining side of veterinary work