Making Time

Demanding Yoga Mat is demanding
                                                       Demanding Yoga Mat is demanding

There is a yoga mat calling my name. There is also a nearly completed manuscript, a publishing deadline, a birthday for an ever growing kid/adult in my house, and mountains of housework calling my name.
I considered changing my name to “Hey” just to make things easier. or “Bass Fishing in the United States” to make things more difficult. In the end I chose to set everything on a schedule of sorts. My schedule may consist of many ishes. like 9-ish, 10-ish, etc. but I get points for a schedule right?
I know meditation and yoga are good for my overall thinking and mood. I also know that if I don’t do things, they don’t get done. So for now the Yoga mat is begging, the birthday boy gets priority, and the rest is still on a deadline I didn’t create.
I am in the process of making time, finding twenty minutes to meditate is not difficult and I am deluding myself to think otherwise. I will become the master of my time management. Migraines or not, things have to be completed. So for now I will include a picture of the yoga mat while it is still yelling, and a second picture of the less demanding but oh so good salt water taffy.

Sweet innocent Taffy
                                                                              Sweet innocent Taffy

Doctor in Room 18

Charles Colp
Doctor in Room 18

So I ignored my headache for a few days. I do this regularly until it becomes unbearable then I will take my medicine. I had two really bad migraines near the middle of last week and took my medicine for them but I am hyper-vigilant of taking it too often. I have had migraines since I was young. There was a time when some big name migraine meds were no longer working for me that I could count the days I didn’t have headaches easier than the ones I could. The upside after having a mini-TIA (mini-stroke) was they found something that helped. the downside. It could be addictive and could build up a tolerance in my system the way the big name stuff had before. So I live with them and tolerate the things I do to mitigate them. I wear Gunnar gaming glasses when I am looking at my screen for a long time. I try to eat healthy, I have lost weight, and have both increased and decreased stress. Yesterday I tried to write my next installment of my Bubbles Serial but could not get my hands to type. After four hours of typing, I managed three hundred words that were spelled incorrectly. So I got to spend most of my day in the hospital not getting anything written while they did CAT scans, made sure I had a heart, etc. I worried about missing my deadline even when I was laying in the CAT scan machine. They sent me home to arrange to see some specialists soon and I will.

The biggest thing I took away from this was just how important the writing process is to me. It may cause a bit of stress when I don’t make a deadline, but writing for me is like running is to some of my friends. They could go a day without it, but they would be thinking about it even sitting on a couch. I write not because I chose to do it, I write because I have to. It is the core of who I am, it is in everything I see and smell. I want to describe the world back to itself. If I do it well enough someone will see the beauty in the mundane parts of life.  

The other thing is my family, They have been amazing. I try to find time everyday to play with them do something special with them. Even the oldest who has become too much like me for words. My wife is one of the most amazing people I have ever known. She has put up with me for 17 years, that is a huge plus in her favor. My daughter is at that rocking age where she likes to test her limits frequently. Half-way between a kid and a woman, she is growing up more beautiful and warm-hearted than I could have hoped. My youngest is a hundred mile and hour fastball. If you blink he will have done five cute things and one not so cute thing in the middle for balance. He is the rockstar of the group. Between them, my mother, father, and brother who are still in my life daily, My mother-in-law that always keeps me guessing and surprises me regularly, and my friends who check on me daily. I am one blessed writer.

So often I look like I have had no sleep, and usually it is true. I can say I never feel as alive as when I am breathing life into a two-dimensional character and building a world around them. Headaches be damned bring on the next project. 

Charles Colp

Charles Colp looking dead

Migraines are evil

I have been away for a week with a four day migraine. It was torture but I am on the mend now. Still up in the air what triggered it. I will be getting back to writing, editing, reading, and commenting as soon as I am 100% and not in jeopardy of a relapse. I appreciate the patience, my normal snark and positive views should return shortly thereafter. 

No Worries,

Charles Colp

Taking Time off for the right reasons

Charles Colp
Woods of Tennessee

I am going to take a day off from editing and writing tomorrow night for a very good reason. Probably one of the best as a writer. To read, One of my favorite series of books gets a new release tomorrow at midnight and after waiting a year to read it I know better than to think I can put it down long enough to do anything else. I have the kids taken care of for food and have all my other jobs out of the way so it is off to one of my favorite authors thinkscape for a while. I haven’t been taking enough time to read and my to be read list is growing by leaps and bounds, This author is something special for me though. I found his first book by accident and still have it to this day. That was fourteen years ago. As I settle into the comfortable chair of his world and read the fifteenth book I will be thinking of you. Well maybe after I finish and realize the world spun without me once again. Hope you find something that inspires you today as well.

Charles Colp

Giving Back

One thing that is just as important as diligence in your writing, is supportive people around you. I am one of the lucky ones. My family supports what I do 100%. I pay them back by listening to their problems, when I would otherwise be writing or researching. I also created a mandatory family game night. We are a digital household as most are these days. That is what makes game night so fun and special. We get to talk about anything, laugh at jokes, and play a game together. It is zen, it is recharging, and most importantly it lets the people around you know you don’t take the sacrifices they make lightly. Have a brilliant weekend and as my favorite catch phrase states. No worries.


Ticket to Ride

Playing Ticket to ride with the family

Charles R. Colp