Inside out, upside down, and backward

Grace under pressure copy

Inside out, upside down, and backward. I could leave it right there and have painted an accurate description of my last week.

Dad had day surgery scheduled for Monday, so I got up early to manage a few things before getting him to the hospital. When I got back from my morning run I found middle son feeding a very happy dog a bowl of dog biscuits as there was no dog food in the house, a puddle of something under the washing machine, and eldest son smelling burning plastic from a hot electrical outlet in his room. And oh, the dishwasher still isn’t working.

Hubby was working from home that morning because he had to head to the airport midday to fly out for a week long trip. So we were both on a tight time line and now we were scrambling.

Thankfully Dad’s surgery went well but mom’s dementia has magnified all the preexisting difficulties of dealing with her. The upshot of all that was her yelling at me in the hospital waiting room for taking notes while the surgeon discussed the procedure and dad’s after care with us. Sigh. At least it was not utterly unexpected.

Some days and weeks are just like that and you’ve got to appreciate the little things.  Like the call I got from middle son while in the recovery room with dad. He was at the store buying dog food and wanted to know if I’d like him to pick up pizza he could bake for dinner so I wouldn’t have to cook that night. I was so grateful at that moment I nearly cried. Funny how the promise of a pepperoni pizza can make the world look very different.


Not productive week for writing with all the family stuff going on:

Words of Fiction Written:  5,200 words on 3 different fiction projects

Words of Nonfiction written:  1000

Editing: 4 chapters

Blog Posts Prepared:  5 posts for three different sites

Emails written:  30 emails, about  1500 words 

Social Media Interactions:  50, about 1300 words

Articles Read (Research and writing craft/business): 0 research and 10craft/business  

Web site redesign: develop graphics and new format for Random Bits.

This weeks total words: 9,000


writer's sketch book

I’ll leave you with a couple new entries from my Writer’s Sketchbook, just a few observations from around this week.

  • If blue had a color, it would have been his voice.
  • In the bathroom, I noticed my underwear was inside out. What a fitting metaphor for the entire day.
  • She was a tiny bundle of mirth and giggles, wrapped in a tattered blanket of inconvenience and complication.


I would love to hear what you think. Please have your share of the conversation in the comments!




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    • Julie Rakowski on August 25, 2014 at 9:50 am
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    God bless you and your family and all you do Maria. Wow, we all have trials in our life that we must get through. You are amazing doing all that you do and still managing to get your wonderful books out to us fans. Thank you 🙂

    1. Thanks, Julie, I appreciate it!

    • Suzan on August 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    I loved those entries in the writer’s sketch book. My favorites were between number 1 & 2. Blue can be so many things to people, sultry, deep, bright, cheery, seductive.

    Sounds like a very tough week. I’m so sorry. I can totally relate my mom had dementia and I had grandkids to care for at the same time. So stressful. Of course that’s always when your appliances go out also.

    Our kids do surprise us at times. That was very thoughtful. Good work!

    1. I’m enjoying those little bits too, they are a lot of fun.

    • Deborah on August 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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    Many of us can say we’ve had rough weeks. It feels so food once we’ve gotten through them. It’s amazing all you accomplished considering the week you had. Even posting the last chapter of your WIP. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Deborah! Feels like I”m still trying to catch my breath!

    • Anji on August 26, 2014 at 2:00 am
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    It’s amazing you managed to write even that much, Maria so I’m sending you lots of virtual *hugs and pizza*!

    Thanks for taking the time out to post the final chapter of Wholly Unconnected to Me last weekend on AV. I shall miss my weekend treat very much.

    1. Thanks, Anji. It’s been a little crazy, but the hugs and pizza help!

      I’m in fiction withdrawls myself–thinking about epilogue chapters right now…

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