It seems that every popular writer/author that I admire and adore are passing away too soon and so suddenly. I can only wish that one day I will leave some kind of memory of my written words on others, to be affected and moved, if not in the least, for someone to identify with my writing whether you love or hate it. I never had the chance to read all of Maeve Binchy’s books, but love her book “The Maeve Binchy Writer’s Club” as much as “Circle of Friends”. Her advice on living writer’s life, how to write and get published has that Irish humor where you felt she was talking to you directly, like a girlfriend at the pub, making you laugh, encouraging you to keep on writing no matter what. Reading it, makes me feel like I’m part of her writing circle, it stands on my bookshelf of favorites.
Maeve Binchy could not have been more opposite from Nora Ephron in almost every way but both their wit and warmth shine through in their stories. They showed their love of family and friends, the trials of these relationships, the inner strength of a woman’s survival over adversity, and most of all, the humor that reminds you life is worth living when you can laugh about the bumps along the road.
Like Nora Ephron, I would have loved to have met her or been blessed to have known her. Good women writers are not hard to come by, but a good female writer, who is known for her kindness and generosity are the ones who’ll be remembered.
“You don’t find time to write. You make time. It’s my job.”
– Nora Roberts
It’s Monday, the first day of my Writer’s Contract, and so far-not good. I didn’t wake up early like I planned, and I didn’t even set the alarm. My best excuse which is true, was because I chose to be a reader-knowing the consequences the next day. I was up til’ late in to the a.m. hours reading my latest book purchase, Deborah Harkness’s “Shadow of Night”, the second book of her All Souls Trilogy. A good story affects anyone of all ages, you are lost in another world and become part of the book. Like any engrossed reader, I couldn’t put the book down. A writer should be able to forgive their self at least for that reason alone. I’m just sayin’. Which brings me back to the reality of not writing during the best time of day for me, at 5a.m. before my family is up and tugging at my “apron strings”. I still have until 5:30p.m. today to write my one hour of only writing without any disturbance. I’m just bummed it wasn’t the first thing in the day I did.
Being a stay at-home mom, I know it means staying flexible yet staying focused with my time management. It’s not easy, and only seasoned professionals can do it seamlessly. I’m not a Type-A person although I wish I was sometimes. I’m learning as I go like and promise myself my writing will get done today. So, like the quote by Nora Roberts, but with a dash of Gwen on top. “I make time. No excuses”.