Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Price of Success As A Writer by Christine Lindsay

Christine Lindsay
Is it possible that some of us writers are workaholics because we like it?

At the start of my fifties I began my long-desired writing and speaking career. While things were challenging, God gave me the strength to rise to that challenge, and I thoroughly enjoyed reaching those long-sought-after goals.

OH MY, I FELT FULFILLED. I was woman. Hear me roar…or better still…maybe I was getting close to becoming that Proverbs 31 woman.   

But fifteen years after the fact, after my first two books had been published, and with contracts for more, I also discovered that it was hard to shoehorn leisure into my schedule. When was the last time I relaxed or took a day off? Sometimes months would go by.

AND THE BIGGER COST:
This past spring it dawned on me that my dear husband was suffering from loneliness due to my extremely busy schedule. The wrongness of this hit me between the eyes.

Around the same time I ran into two different sets of women. Six of one and half a dozen of the other, you might say.

The first group warmly reminisced about the wonderful holidays they had camping with their husbands over the years. The other group shared that quite recently their husbands had passed away, unexpectedly, suddenly, and all these dear husbands were around the age of sixty.

My husband was sixty.

A GOD-INSPIRED SOLUTION
The question echoed in my mind. What am I waiting for? That week we purchased a brand new, little travel trailer. My husband didn’t take much convincing.

On our first trip in July we drove through the majestic Canadian Rockies, and at the summit of Roger’s Pass I noticed a large artillery gun. My husband explained that avalanche control experts shot artillery shells into the snowcaps to trigger avalanches, to control the snows from building too high and thick and thereby causing a fatal avalanche.


WHAT I LEARNED DRIVING THROUGH THE ROCKIES
I compared this controlling of avalanches to my own life. My marriage had to come first, even at the expense of my writing and speaking ministry. So, like the avalanche control experts, I chose to cut back on my writing so I could spend more togetherness time with my husband.

My little Christmas novelette Heavenly Haven is the culmination of that thinking.

Dora here. As writers, it's difficult to shut down for the day. How do you unwind? Do you find your relationships suffer?


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Heavenly Haven  ~ Purchase Link
Heavenly Haven by Christine Lindsay
Avalanches happen to other people, not us. Marital problems happen to other people, not us, especially nine days before Christmas. At least that’s what Jack and Shaina Burke thought. Married for ten years, avalanche control expert Jack, and Shaina, only wanted to celebrate their December anniversary in a romantic way, until the shifting snows on the mountain bring havoc tumbling down upon them.
Heavenly Haven is available as an Ebook on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo.

About the author:
Christine Lindsay was born in N. Ireland and is proud of the fact that she was patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that great ship.

It was stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India that inspired her historical series Twilight of the British Raj of which Book 1 Shadowed in Silk has won several awards. Book 2 Captured by Moonlight is so far a Finalist for the 2013 Readers Favorite Award. Christine is currently writing the final installment of that series called Veiled at Midnight to be released August 2014.
Also coming out February 2014 is Londonderry Dreaming, a romance novella set in Londonderry Northern Ireland.  

Christine makes her home in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all her books.

Christine Lindsay would love to connect with you on her website www.ChristineLindsay.com, or drop by her blog for inspiration www.ChristineLindsay.org or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

11 comments:

  1. I work a day job and find between it and writing you can end up working nonstop or not writing at all. A fine line that I'm still attempting to learn to balance.

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    1. Yeah, I know what you mean, Terri. It is a fine line to balance. Blessings on how you manage that.

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  2. Hi Christine, oh goodness, we traversed the Canadian Rockies last fall. It was absolutely life-changing..not to mention amazing fodder for upcoming stories. (I write Westerns). But more than that, your content reminds me of what is important. I held off writing until the kids went off to college....so much "busy"ness with them home. But it is a fine line, keeping up with deadlines and being there for our hubbies. We travel a lot and are out of town a great deal visiting our grandkids, so that gives me the conundrum: when home, then, I need to catch up. But he still likes to be with me....aw well.

    Your book absolutely intrigues me. I'm gonna Kindle it right now!

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    1. Oh Tanya, so glad you got to see the Canadian Rockies. I've been through them so many times, but each time is glorious. Blessings on the westerns you right. Yep, we Canadians have a wild west too. Heavenly Haven is a short story, so I hope you can take a look at my larger novels, Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight. I'm currently writing the third book to that trilogy, Veiled at Midnight to come out this Aug. 2014.

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  3. Nothing like a God-designed meeting to give you a new perspective and a slap of reality, right? :)

    My hubby has always worked more than 40 hours a week, so he's totally understanding if I'm working in the evenings because I want to keep rolling on my current wip and my edits are due. I don't know what I'll do when he retires, though. Maybe slide another desk in my office and set him to work doing social media. lol.

    Thanks for sharing, Christine. I caught some pictures of your trip on FB I think. Stunning!

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    1. Their retirement is a challenge, Dora. I speak from experience LOL.

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    2. lol, I can only imagine, Tanya. Hubby doesn't plan to retire for years yet, so we're only in the planning stages.

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    3. LOL, good one, Dora, yep when your hubby retires, hire him to work for you. Social Media secretray, or as my husband is for me---research specialist.

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    4. What an idea! I'll hire hubby as my social secretary. :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing this part of your journey, Christine. I made a promise to myself some years ago that work/writing wouldn't come before people. Most of the time, my hubby is very understanding of the time I spend at the computer. But sometimes when he or someone else needs my time and attention and I continue to feel pulled in many directions by other people's needs, I can start to feel anxious inside. That feeling of "how am I ever going to get this done?" nags at me. I needed this reminder today of how important it is to keep the right priorities.

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    1. I know how you feel Dawn. I made the same promise to myself, but found myself slipping---putting the writing at the front of a lot of things. Easy to do when you have deadlines. But I found that when I obeyed the Lord to put people first, He ended up helping me with those deadlines. Blessings on the work of your hands.

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