September to June is spent within the classroom at the local elementary school with summers designated for family fun.
Then a couple years ago my writing transitioned from hobby to a second career.
I have learned so much since my first writers' conference in 2010. There is so much to learn and so many options available to authors today. Even more than the variety of kayaks I had to choose from this weekend.
All a writer needs to learn changes nearly as quick as the wings of a hummingbird. Even when paused to take nourishment, their wings are still moving to keep them afloat.
There were ten hummingbirds between the three feeders at the same time on multiple occasions this weekend. Their song and dancing made me smile.
As writers, we need to be just as busy and determined to reach out goal. WE might need to have the speed of a hummingbird's wings to keep up with the ever changing world of publishing BUT in His strength, if it is His will, we will accomplish our goals.
Each bird at the feeder left with food in their stomachs. Some had to wait for someone else to finish but not a one flew away hungry. Each satisfied. When the need nourishment again, they will return.
Just as writers when we need help, guidance, and to move to the next step in this process - we return to the hub of other writers for their encouragement, support, and assistance.
Another important aspect of the writer's life is time to rest, reflect, relax, and listen. This weekend provided hours of just this.
Waves crashing on the shore, bird's song, and squirrel chatter serenaded us morning to night.
A cardinal couple feeding at the feeder remind me to keep in touch with those important to us, especially our spouses. It is easy to get wrapped within one self or your current writing piece. It isn't intentional or meant to cause hard feelings yet the joy of creating words, paragraphs, chapters, and a book are energizing. I'm thankful for this cardinal couple's reminder.
"Wake up and smell the roses!" Each morning the aroma greeted me as I let the dog out. This was supposed to be a weekend retreat to write (which I have done), an opportunity to reconnect and listen to God (which I have done also), and time chillax. All have been accomplished with the added benefit of time with my family on and off through the day with a glorious sunset this evening to bring the weekend to a close.
But there are still daylight and wee hours of the night available to w
I took advantage of this opportunity
so I could get some work done!
So back to work I go.
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323