Making Use of Unexpected Free Time


March may have roared in like a lion, but it also came with a sprained ankle! Yes, on March 1, I fell and sprained my ankle. Since I was supposed to stay off my feet to recuperate (I needed a wife, but that’s another post for a different blog), I had time on my hands. What to do? Well I could still use my laptop so I got online and did some research and writing. I also decided to wade through some of those books that I haven't read.  

How much have I accomplished? Well, not as much as I would have liked. I read one book each week. I researched my family tree, (another ongoing project) as some of it could end up in a book or article or perhaps just inspire me. I didn't write anything prolific, but I did write.

Since cabin fever had set in, I attended the March meetings of my book club and my writers group, the following week. I had to hobble around with my cane, but I managed. In between the meetings, I did some research at the local public library. It was good to be out of the house for awhile, but the going was slow.

I’m glad I was able to do something constructive during my recovery this month, but hopefully April will be better!

What did you accomplish this month? (And I bet you didn't sprain your ankle!)

Debbie A. Byrne has a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in History. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is working on her first children’s book.

4 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your ankle Debbie. As a writer, I suspect you were gathering mentally your information about the pain and disability to use in your work, right? (everything is material). Well done for using your free time constructively. I never accomplish as much in a month as I want to, but I'm finally making some progress with my WIP novel and have to be grateful for that (even without unwanted, unexpected free time).

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  2. Talk about making lemonade of lemons! I guess the authors who succeed are the ones who stay positive. Glad you're doing so well, really! (-:
    Best,

    Carolyn Howard-Johnson

    Excited about how much the new edition of the Frugal Book Promoter (expanded! updated!) can help writers with the tried and true and the new media, too. Now a USA Book News award-winner in its own right (www.budurl.com/FrugalBkPromo) it the original edition was also a Reader Views winner and an Irwin Award winner.

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  3. Hi Debbie--hope you are making a full recovery and should we expect a hospital romance novel after this? I'm following one of the perpetual challenges I so love--write something a day for 30 days. Don't always do it but it focuses the mind wonderfully.

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  4. Debbie, I'm sorry to hear you sprained your ankle. Hope you're better soon. In today's faster-than-fast world, it's so hard to make time to do everything. For me, my fiction reading and writing has taken a hit because of it.

    It's great that you used your down time to catch up on what you could.

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