January 12, 2014

With the start of every new year there’s a persistent niggling in the back of my brain about how to get organized. I’m not a disorganized person, quite the contrary, I know where I’ve tucked away everything that I own. But each new year brings organizing challenges. Let me define organized for 2014. First, let me say that I cannot believe how fast last year slipped by. Is it just me or has time speeded up lately? Anyway, back to the subject of making better order out of my life. This year I will have an e-novel FISH KICKER published in the spring. I’ll have to do a lot of marketing and that will take time and energy away from my writing, the thing that I do every day, all day, and some days, nearly 24-7. I have to figure out how to recompose my website to include publishing information. Expanding a contact list of interested folks is important and a must-do this year. And I want to…. STOP! As I write this I see how my writing life might quite possibly become a work life. Let me take a Zen moment and appreciate the last few weeks before I embark on this organizing endeavor.

This winter has been a real mix of weather systems. Snow, wind, rain, brilliant sun and some days the temperatures have been so comfortable that I could have believed spring was in the air. But truthfully, most days it’s too cold to sit on the terrace, though the light on these warm wintery days is beautiful.

The sunset on Christmas day in NYC was phenomenal. The intensity of the colors in the sky were breathtaking and it was a small treasure of time that lasted less than a half hour.

We’ve had two snow storms so far this winter and I hope these herbs make it through the winter.

On New Year’s Eve the sky in the city lit up with fireworks and even on that freezing, blustery windy night there was laughter, smiles, good wishes and revelry everywhere.

The trees in Central Park are bare. The lakes and ponds are filled with migrating birds but it was the beautiful light on this particular day that made it seem like everything was going to be all right. As I walked around this lake I met a couple sitting on a park bench with a city map on the man’s lap. Tourists. They were from Ontario, Canada. They smiled. I smiled back. “Lovely day,” he said.

“Yes, it is,” I responded.

“It’s our wedding anniversary and we’ve come here to get away from the snow.”

I looked down at the man’s feet. He had taken his shoes off .

“My friends  back home wouldn’t believe me if I told them about this,” he said and wiggled his toes.

“You want me to take a photograph and you can send it back home to your friends?”

He grinned. “That would be jolly.” He handed me his point and shoot and I took a photograph of him and his wife shading their eyes from the glaring sun with his stockinged feet prominently sitting atop his walking shoes.

A little while later I was focusing my camera on a wonderfully constructed bench when I heard someone whistling. And then this little boy came into my range of focus, shirt sleeved and tagging far behind his mother, walking at his own pace, making his own music and he never took his eyes off me as he passed.

Just before Christmas day I was visiting with a friend when her daughter came by for a visit. The young woman sat on the couch opposite  me and as she leaned forward slightly a crystal hanging in the window cast a rainbow on her shoulder. How wonderfully magical it looked and like the whistling boy, I had to get a photo of this scene, too.

I hope that I remember, in the middle of all that must be done in this new year, to take time out to enjoy and appreciate the small things that make up my days, those unexpected treasures that are really not so small after all.


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  1. Susan Bernhardt on January 12, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Happy Anniversary, Margaret to you and your husband!

    I too am trying to figure out marketing for my mystery, The Ginseng Conspiracy that was published last week. It’s a massive undertaking. So far, so good.

    I love your photos. I have a love affair with NYC.

    Best wishes to you in 2014!

    Susan Bernhardt

    • Pushing Time on January 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you Susan. I wish you tons of luck with The Ginseng Conspiracy!!!

  2. thelma straw on January 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Actually, being a serious writer IS a fulltime job. As in J O B… And the organizing and marketing are much harder than the writing… thelma straw in manhattan

    • Pushing Time on January 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Thelma you are right about writing being a full time JOB. And it will certainly be an interesting learning curve getting to do all these marketing aspects of publishing.

  3. Sharon on January 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Take time each day to take a deep breath and smile. I feel all of your hard work will be rewarded.

    • Pushing Time on January 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you Sharon for your kind response. Yes, a deep breath and a smile should do the trick.

  4. Eric Parker on January 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    You really cheered my up – thanks so much

    • Pushing Time on January 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Glad it cheered you up!! I thought about you when I stopped to talk to that Canadian couple! Say Hi to Terry and stay well.

  5. vallery feldman on January 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Your photos are wonderful. The sunsets have been spectacular around here also. I hadn’t realized how much time you send writing. good for you. and also, good to remember to pause and reflect and notice. Look forward to more beautiful pictures through the hear. And yes it does seem that time speeds up as we age.

    • Pushing Time on January 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      I’m glad you like my photos!! Don’t sunsets and sunrises make the days and evenings seem special!!

  6. Susan Kelso on January 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    You have a special talent for finding those special shots. Glad you are able to step away from writing to take in the sights around you. Thanks for taking us along.

    • Pushing Time on January 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks Susan, I’ve heard some of the ‘talents’ run in families!!

  7. Jeri on January 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Lovely as usual. There’s something very peaceful about all of these shots. Thanks for sharing the moments . . .

    • Pushing Time on January 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Glad to take you along on my walks, Jeri!!

  8. Marsha R. West on January 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    What a lovely post, Margaret. Loved the pics of NYC. You seem to have an ideal perch from which to observe the world. The picture with the rainbow should be entered in a contest. Well, the pond, and the little boy…these are all really excellent.
    And yes, time has moved into warped speed. (I’m whispering the next words: I think it has something to do with aging!)
    I think we all stumble around a bit getting our published writers legs. It’s tricky and each of us has to figure what works for us–a lot like figuring out what our writing process is.
    Good luck this year. May you write many words and sell many books. I’ll be sharing this.

    • Pushing Time on January 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Marsha!! Your words mean a lot to me. Here’s wishing you grand success with you publishing this year, too!!

  9. Heather Brainerd on January 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Wonderful post! My husband and I are overdue for a trip to NYC, and your beautiful pictures are making me long for the city…

    • Pushing Time on January 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Look me up Heather when your next get into NYC!! Would love to meet for a writer’s chat.

  10. claudia/toddi on January 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    This truly a New York story. The sunset was ‘spetacular’. I laughed at the shoe less man from Canada. If he had come a week earlier, he would not have had his shoes off unless he wanted frost bite. Your weather has been truly weird theses last few months. Keep writing, I love to hear about your daily happenings. Cannot wait for FISH KICKER to come out of its hiding place and be able to be viewed and read.

    • Pushing Time on January 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you Toddi. Yes, that Canadian would have surely had frostbite on his toes if he’d sat on the park bench the week before with his shoes off!! Yep, FISH KICKER is on its way!!