I finished reading Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play by Ridley Pearson this past week! I am taking a quick break from the series with The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg (my monthly book club pick) and The Walking Dead Book Two by Robert Kirkman. As soon as I finish these two (hopefully quick reads!), then I will move on to the fifth and latest installment of The Kingdom Keepers series.
As you know, my writing has been lacking, but I am now hoping to pick up the pace again. I attended my first author event in almost two months for my freelancing gig this last Friday and am working on that piece right now. I then intend to get all caught up on writing my reviews and getting them scheduled here. I have a number of discussion pieces I also hope to type up as well, but my true hope is to really begin re-focusing on my personal writing. Maybe you will even see a new Ramblings of a Night Writer post coming in the next few weeks?!?
As you may have guessed from the previous two sections, I am trying to remain optimistic. Let me tell you why ... This past week has been horrid! Not only did I have to experience my first Father's Day without my father, but the week also consisted of a dead car and two of my old classmates losing their fathers in a two-day period. These recent losses have been hard, have drudged up wounds wanting to heal, and have affected two of my favorite childhood families. So when I say it was a horrid week, I really meant it.
However, I feel that this bad news has to stop somewhere. When I woke up this morning, I told myself that Father's Day was the turning point. I pulled myself out of bed earlier than usual. I put a smile on my face. I tried to remain productive and upbeat throughout the day. There have been moments where I felt like I was forcing the positive, but at this point in time, I am going to fake it until I can make it real. I know this sounds corny and cliche. I know that I will still have dark times. And, I know that I cannot always control the curveballs that life throws at me. I can only control how I react to each and every one of them. So, this is how I am choosing to proceed. Let's see how long it takes to become real.
What do you do when life hits you with curveballs? Do you dive into books or writing to help yourself cope?
I think I'd be in bed and might stay there for a month. And then I'd get busy. :) I'd probably throw a fit or two or five somewhere in there also. Curve balls and I don't get along very well.ReplyDelete
Books help me forget for short periods as does writing. If I'm focused on that, it's hard to focus on what hurts. Right?
You are my hero. Seriously.
365andMe ... Exactly! I love how you put that because that is exactly the reason why I turn to reading and writing, and often something familiar with the former.Delete
And, you humble me with your comments. I am just doing the best I can with what life throws at me ... as we all do.
Sorry about the loss of your father and your friends' experiencing the same thing. My first Fathers' Day after my dad died, I tried to ignore the whole thing. Then, a few days later, Jack Buck died -- after being kind of a father-figure to the whole city of St. Louis for decades. So, the wounds all opened up, anyway.ReplyDelete
I'm a big believer in distraction during grieving. Reading and writing are both good. Also movies in the theater and planning trips (whether or not I actually end up taking them).
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Joy ... Thank you so much! Completely avoiding it is definitely becoming more difficult, but writing and reading does prove to be cathartic. I like the idea of trip planning. I could use a little vacation, though it is not very likely it will happen at this point in time. I may have to try that!! :)Delete