Monday, May 05, 2008

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The Playfriends have had a weekend full of activities, between getting ready for our chapter's upcoming Luncheon (in which we all play a big part), shopping for Nationals, and well.... um, other stuff. ;)

In between all of the road running, I've been juggling a few writing projects. One novella that needs to be out the door and on its way to anywhere but here. And a proposal that I'd like to get together by this summer. Then I can spend the summer finishing the book.

Oddly enough, this is touched on in my horoscope for this month. I was encouraged to "work joyfully and quietly, mainly alone or with only one or two others in the days that follow the new moon May 5. If you do, the universe will richly reward you with many original ideas and help you refine all you have on your mind. The twelfth house is where all this planetary activity will take place during the first half of May, and it governs thoughts and actions you do in solitude, behind closed doors."

Sounds like a plan. If I could only get two minutes alone between work obligations, children's activities, and those pesky get-togethers with the Playfriends. :)

While writing is a solitary endeavor, I've found myself with a much larger social schedule since joining RWA. And apparently I'm suffering from acute performance anxiety, because I have the itch to send every other page to Instigator, so she can assure me it isn't a pile of, well, pooh.

And working this summer will be far from solitary. I'll be at home with my children. A juggle if ever there was one. But a privilege, all the same. Because I've discovered that I have a harder time juggling work and sitters than I do being home and attempting to carve out writing time. Remind me of these words when I'm whining about this situation come, oh, July or so.

All right. It's time to stop rambling and talk about that "other stuff" I mentioned earlier. That's right! The Playfriends have some special news. Its not my place to make it, but will be announced in all its shining glory (and details) tomorrow. So come back and check it out. Major party time!!!!

In the meantime, we'll just discuss something else and keep ourselves busy. What solitary activity is drawing you at the moment? Are you a person who enjoys being alone, or do you work better surrounded by people and activities?

Angel

15 comments:

Barbara Vey said...

I love group activities although I find the older I get, the more I appreciate my alone time.

Problem Child said...

Solitary activities? Hmmm, what are those? I spend most of my days alone while DG and AC are at work and school, but I guess I don't consider working an "activity." Maybe because I'm sitting on my butt the whole time...

But I do like doing stuff with the Playfriends. Everything is an adventure then!

Smarty Pants said...

I slept too late Sunday so I couldn't fall asleep last night. That means that sleeping is the solitary activity calling to me at the moment.

Lynn Raye Harris said...

I love being alone. I spend my whole day alone, and it's pure heaven. Sometimes, I feel the need to get out and connect. Hence, my lunch meetings with other writers. :)

When I do go out and do things, I often need decompression time afterward. Saturday was a jam-packed day for me, and when it was over, I just wanted to sit in silence.

I've also found that socializing with other writers doesn't require that decompression time nearly as much. My dinner with PC and family Friday night, for instance, was wonderful fun. Send me to a party of non-writers, however, and I'd end up feeling anxious and over-charged.

Playground Monitor said...

It depends on the group. I'm good with a small group where I know the people, but put me in a huge group of strangers and I'm antsy.

Adventures with Playfriends -- sounds like a movie title. We need a new adventure. We haven't been in a meth bust lately. ;-)

PM

Anonymous said...

I can go either way, I have 3 brothers & 3 sisters. I love my quiet time. However, Saturday I went shopping with my youngest brother for my birthday gift, a Dooney & Bourke handbag of my choice, yeah!!!! Afterwards we went to my moms, my sisters showed up and we sat on my mom's front porch. We enjoyed planning our mother's day lunch, we get together the Saturday before hand, and have a great time. Because I am part of a big brood, I can appreciate "me" time.
robertsonreads

Instigator said...

I thrive on chaos. I know. Who'd have though it? I think maybe it's the feeling of being needed, like I'm important and accomplishing something even if all I'm really doing is running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

In other farm news...the goat was out this morning. Talk about chaos.

PM, we do need a new adventure :-) Hmmm, what kind of trouble can I stir up?
Instigator

Liza said...

I really like my alone time, which I still have since I'm single. When my schedule changes a bit, I need at least one night or day to myself to get back to normal. I do love spending time with my friends and family.

Smarty Pants said...

No, no! We are GOOD on the chaos front, thanks. No stirring.

Kathy said...

I love spending time alone. My mom always said, "If you're bored, it's your fault." There is always something to do. In my case right now, I'm overloaded with things to do. :-)

I seem to thrive and dive on chaos!

Angel said...

Yes, refrain from stirring, please. My calendar is quite full. And I'm supposed to be working IN MY CAVE! But all I seem to be doing is emails.

Who knows what kind of trouble the next two weeks will bring? Considering the Playfriends will be together both weekends, anything could happen. I'm just glad we finally made it through a trip without having to consider where the nearest emergency room was....

Angel

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catslady said...

I prefer being with friends or family - playing cards or games but I also enjoy my reading and playing on the computer :)

Anonymous said...

did we pick a winner for kellys book

limecello said...

Groups or being solitary depends on my mood, and what I've been doing. But right now I'd like to crawl into a cave and sleep for a week.
Sadly, I cannot.