Call Me Scattered

I’ve been slightly scatterbrained lately. Like crazy-happy one minute and teary-eyed the next.

And this is not because Dancing With The Stars is over.

Well, maybe it is a little bit. Oh my God, I didn’t want this season to end.

No, I think my smiles and quivering lips are because of something we all sometimes struggle with… dandelionChange.

On the writing front, with all my recent amazing good news, I’ve got to tell you, it’s making writing the next book harder. I’m suffering from WIPphobia—an acute case of work in progress fear that is yielding the sloooowest word count in history. I’m stressing over every sentence, wanting my words to be better, stronger. Worthy.

Nothing’s really changed. I still think of myself as just little old Robin. But I guess I’m not exactly in the same spot I was before, and I’ve always been hardest on myself when it comes to earning and keeping any “place.” But no one’s really paying attention to that except me, so I’ve been trying to remind myself to chill and enjoy every day that I get to do this thing I love so much. My friend Robena Grant has had some wonderful blog posts on this very topic lately and it’s so nice to know I’m not alone. The ladies here at MM remind of that, too – thanks guys!

On the home front, my boys are growing up too darn fast and it’s weird and wonderful at the same time. How can it be that my oldest has one year left of college and my youngest is getting his driver’s license this summer, when I’m still 29? And they’re both so much smarter than me. (Shh…don’t tell them I said that.) This past holiday weekend was wonderful having us all together and with all the changes I know are still coming, for three days I pretended time stood still.

It was awesome.

One change I do love? Happy almost-summer! Got any big plans on the horizon?

P.S. Just wanted to mention that along with two writer pals, I’ve got a wonderful Reader’s Gift Basket up for grabs at Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes. I hope you’ll check it out here. There’s a ton of amazing items to bid on!


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13 Responses to Call Me Scattered

  1. elena k says:

    I know how you feel robin! everyone is afraid of changes but think of all the good things that have come with them; the new stories you gave us, the new friends you found (that’s me), seeing your boys getting older! as long as everyone is healthy and happy, we can celebrate changes! also, think that you got more beautiful and wiser! don’t be so hard with yourself for your writing! we love everything you write and your books always make us smile! As for plans, I am going to read more books and go on vacation; the greek islands await
    p.s. I love your basket and it is wonderful to help people.

  2. Robin, I hear you on the WIPhobia. Ugh! Wise words that no-one’s really paying attention to that but us.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Release day: A Dangerous Madness

  3. Edie Ramer says:

    Robin, I’m another sufferer of WIPhobia. I envy writes who write so smoothly on their first draft. Or even their second or third draft!

    Funny about your boys. Obviously you were a child when you had him. lol

  4. I always think the current book/story I’m writing is the worst thing ever. I think it just goes with being a writer. We’re all kind of crazy and neurotic. LOL. Good luck with your project!
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Happy Memorial Day …

  5. Hi Jennifer! Thank you! And yeah for a perfectionist like me, writing can be very stressful! LOL
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Today’s Musings – Visually Pleasing!

  6. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Robin,

    WIPphobia has got to go in a dictionary. Who here has it? *raises hand* lol. The only thing that helps me get over it is the work itself. Congrats on the good changes, hugs for the “opportunities”, and thanks for this great post!

  7. Robin,
    WIPhobia!! Oh, I love this new word…but I’m not so fond of the feelings that come with it, LOL ;). I know just what you mean about putting more stress on ourselves than anyone else. Sometimes I think it’s hard to remember that we need to take time away from working so we can live in this world that we’re writing about… <3

    • Hi Marilyn! Oh, you are so right! I do forget to step away from my desk and “live.” And I have to say, every time I do, though, I come back and feel so much better about my writing – more creative and more energized. I think it’s the deadlines that keep my butt in the chair, but stepping away is super important.
      Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Today’s Musings – Visually Pleasing!

  8. Liz Kreger says:

    Yep … I agree with everyone above, Robin. WIPhobia is a great description.

    Me? I love change. It’s so easy to fall into the same old, same old routine. You need something to shake you up. Makes life interesting. Although I’m still trying to come to terms with my little darlin’ turning 15 in a couple of months. Where the hell did the time go?

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