Having a household of up to ten people living here for the past several months has made me long for quiet and solitude–it’s been a tremendous challenge writing in the erotic romance genre.
But if I had solitude, I’d likely only be happy with it for a short time.
Noise is all around me but, sadly, that’s the life in most Southern California neighborhoods. From leaf blowers to constant construction going on with the small house next door, to trucks buzzing along the golf course behind our house, police helicopters and tantrums in our house from now adult children who are passive aggressive and have oppositional defiant disorder. Damn, it’s hard to create.
So I do I handle the stress?
One way is making my voice being heard. I went next door and politely asked the people how much longer they think the construction will last. They gave me a polite answer. I explained the situation and said my study is only 15 feet to 20 feet from where they’ve been working.
And then I think of the blessings and the joy of having two erotic romance stories on the market, one more ready to enter editing, three short stories that will likely be accepted in August for an anthology with Cleis Press, two wonderful editors who have given me wonderful feedback on my work and writers who visit my site here or interact with me on Twitter and Facebook.
I’m thankful for being interviewed recently by Lisa Fox, Casey Sheridan offering Riding Shotgun as a giveaway, and comments left here by Savannah Chase to name just a few.
Writing is a discipline and so is contentment in the face of adversity. Thinking of the blessings and politely making one’s voice heard is helpful in dealing with the challenges.
How do you handle the stresses that rear up in your life? Leave your comment below and it could be a benefit to others.