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.


Magdalena Ball said...

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).

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

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! (-:

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 ( it the original edition was also a Reader Views winner and an Irwin Award winner.

Anne Duguid Knol said...

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.

Karen Cioffi said...

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.

A Call for Writers to Find Balance

By Terry Whalin  @terrywhalin Within the publishing world, I’ve often heard it is harder to sign with a literary agent than to locate a publ...