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Time to Write
5/28/2008 8:22:41 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Pressures of life take time away from writing.
	Friends always ask me: “now that you’re no longer working, are you 
going to write more?” 
	"I have yet to live my retirement dream,” I reply to their sheer 
amazement. I have never been any busier. 
	I’m not talking of housework and yard work which I have delegated to 
others for pay; nor do I have a regular schedule for hairdo, facelifts, massage 
or nails that is yet to be established. I have missed the meticulously 
planned tours with Elderhostel that I had dreamt about. My ultimate reason   
for early withdrawal from the working class was to have time to write. I must 
have suffered from 'imagin-osis' .
	People in my circle cannot stand seeing me idle.
	“Now that you’re not working, perhaps you could help us with...” 
	God bless them and the organizations that provide me with work for
fear that I may die of boredom. In addition to volunteerism, I take on additional 
tasks to concede to requests for writing a letter, issuing a press release, 
making a telephone call to the responsible authorities, fitting a dress, putting up
a hem, cooking a pot luck meal for some fund raiser and similar assignments 
because I am a career woman that has neither given up the kitchen sink or the
computer.  I must admit that most of these additional tasks are the direct result 
of my shyness - the inability to say no.  
	Then there’s the social circle to maintain. I try to keep up with my 
responses to funerals, weddings, baptisms and showers. I want to be civil to my
e-mail friends by reading and forwarding their messages. I want to be on time
with the payment of  my bills, the grocery shopping, the filing (my nemesis) 
which is  practically never done, tax accounting on the occasional books I sell
directly to consumers, bank reconciliations and the investment portfolio even at 
its most minimal stage.  As for redressing a credit card charge error, it takes 
forever to fix it. In the process I get caught up in computer glitches that I either 
bypass, or try to fix and end up spending hours bringing the system back into 
operation. Then my ink in the printer dries up or I run out of paper.
	I forgot to mention the cold calls to fix my house. As soon as I yield 
to a patio enclosure, I get an offer for replacing my windows, fixing the lawn,
updating my air-conditioner, cutting down the trees or carpeting my house.
 Am I living in a shack? The burning food on the few occasions I cook, the 
leaking air-conditioning system in the middle of a heat wave, the parched 
houseplants that make me feel guilty, and if nothing else, the calls of my 
cockatiel for attention keep me out of the writing business. Oh yes, love takes
time when my little twerp graciously extends her neck to be scratched on the
head, tilting it in different directions to lead me to the spots that pleases
her the best. I honestly envy her. 
	I sit down to make sense of the pile of work on my desk, the 
scribbles on new chapters in my forthcoming book, notes on some internet 
research, bits and pieces of information that fly in every direction or get stuck 
with unrelated material, the dust that accumulates because my help is out in 
her home town for four months now and . . . what’s that sound? Is it the timer, 
the alarm? Which one? Fire, security, car or the neighbor’s alarm? Good 
heavens!  The sprinkler is gushing all over the patio. Where's the screwdriver? 
I didn’t need another shower today! 
 	I walk in all wet. It’s five p.m. already!   



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More Blogs by Mary Terzian
• Politically Homeless - Thursday, July 30, 2015
• Which language first? - Monday, May 05, 2014
• Hacked but triumphant - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
• Can you Trust your Repairman - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
• Quo Vadis America? - Thursday, August 22, 2013
• Soothing wounds after identity theft - Monday, August 05, 2013
• A very insecure security key - Sunday, January 20, 2013
• 2012 in review - Wednesday, January 02, 2013
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• Terzian is Winner of Dan Poybnter's 2012 E-book Award in multicultural nonfiction - Saturday, July 14, 2012
• Excerpt from "The Immigrants' Daughter" posted on Australian Website - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
• Chasing the silver linings in my clouds - Monday, March 05, 2012
• Review of 2011 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Thrilling messages - Friday, October 28, 2011
• The Impact of Published Articles on the Writer's Mood. - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• Ponderings, After Knee Repair - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
• Vacationing joy - Saturday, December 04, 2010
• Rainbows of Happiness - Thursday, September 09, 2010
• The communication tsunami - Monday, August 23, 2010
• Alternative hobbies - Sunday, June 20, 2010
• Book Club Meeting - Saturday, April 24, 2010
• Writers' Mood Swings - Saturday, March 27, 2010
• Ethnicity at Risk - Saturday, February 13, 2010
• Web addiction - Wednesday, October 21, 2009
• News - Saturday, July 11, 2009
• Author fulfillment - Monday, April 06, 2009
• Impressions from a trip to India - Tuesday, February 03, 2009
• Stretching the Comfort Zone - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
• Interview - Shobhan Bantwal - Thursday, October 09, 2008
• Traveling abroad - Tuesday, July 22, 2008
•  Time to Write - Wednesday, May 28, 2008  

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