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Had a great day of writing today – 3117 if you’re interested in the exact count.  On Wings of Steel is progressing well and I’m about to make the swing into the final act, now that all the characters have finally made their appearance on the stage.

However, this post is not about that.

See, I could have made a lot more progress if I had locked myself in my room and not come out except for the important stuff. But in all honesty, the important stuff happens outside of the writing room. So, I spent some time catching up with some friends on the telephone today. The family and I went out for dinner and picked up some books and DVDs at the local mall and spent a couple of hours of what some might call prime writing time just wandering around the mall talking about stuff. Not necessarily important stuff, but just enjoying being with each other.

And that’s important. I have slammed out a novel in 8 weeks before (due to some contract issues with a publisher who will remain nameless).  However, I understand I was not a very pleasant person to be around during that time. I would prefer not to be seen as an unpleasant person in the future, especially by my family, so I have to figure out the best ways to deal with this.

So, in the future, I may still stumble trying to find that balance between working full-time, trying to be a novelist, and all the other things I like to do. However, being a husband and a father are still my number one jobs.

And no writing contract or paycheck can beat that. *grin*

Originally published at Richard C. White. Please leave any comments there.

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