google-site-verification: google935433b691795853.html KRISTY BERRIDGE: Carbs and Crisis

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Carbs and Crisis

If you haven't noticed, the last few weeks on the blog have been a little sad. My blogs are somewhat few and far between and my usual flair for the dramatic has diminished under the weight of a few personal dramas. It's because of these dramas that I realised that although I aim to succeed, please and laugh along the way, I'm most definitely easily distracted and not great mates with focus.

For one, The Aligned, the third book in The Hunted series, has been in the editing stage for at least a year now. A new book I started to write in early January has been collecting proverbial dust as it waits for the tip-tap of Microsoft ink to appear on it's neatly typeset pages. Then to top it off, Goodreads has informed me that my previous status of awesomeness for being several books ahead in my reading challenge, has now disclosed that I suck and need to pick up a damn piece of fiction before I ask 'where are the pictures?'.
I mean Jeez, I just can't seem to get a grip on anything.
I find between earning the almighty dollar, sweating it out at the gym, squeezing in family time and hanging out with friends, I barely have a minute left to think. And what do I think about?
Oh my lord, have I been dreaming about peanut butter lately, and should I get started on the need to dive face first into a room full of fresh, buttered bread?
I think what I need is my study/work space back (and some carbs). Organisation was like a perfume that wafted from the smooth pine bench-top and custom built bookshelves, and productivity oozed from every aesthetically placed item and alphabetized file like an aphrodisiac of literary delight. 
Now I sit stacked against lumpy cushions on a futon with a TV dinner tray supporting my laptop and a rickety dryer spinning off-center in the background. It's a wonder I haven't written my opus.
So tell me, do you sometimes feel in such disarray that your life comes to a virtual halt? Do you wish you had more time and if you do, fluff around with the potential of it's productivity?
Let me know. I'd like to think I wasn't the only writer caught in a rut of her own making.

Kristy :)


  1. High-fives, fist-bumps and hugs to you, Kristy. You are absolutely not the only one stuck and that is exactly why we need our writer community. We need each other to celebrate the successes and as virtual shoulders to lean against when down or overwhelmed.
    I work between 55 and 63 hours a week. I have about an hour every weekday morning, followed by another hour or so before I go to bed. I take an hour on the treadmill right after work and eat my dinner after everyone else in my family has already finished and left the table - by the time I've cleaned up. I try and catch up on weekends (as I'm doing right this moment). I write one blog post a week and sift through my e-mail each week, picking out blogs that interest me or ones I know I haven't visited in a long while. I am not writing because there is no way I can fit it in. I am getting the itch to begin another writing project, however. When I do, there will be no more blog visiting or much promotion because I won't have time for everything.
    We're all certifiable for trying to juggle all that we do, my friend. Hang in there. You are most definitely not alone.
    *raises Saturday morning French Vanilla-flavored coffee high* Cheers!


    1. Thanks, Jimmy, that really made me almost 100% better about the state of affairs. If you only have a few hours a week, then I've got nothing to complain about. Love your guts!

  2. Ah, Kristy, no, you are not alone. Lately my writing efforts have centered around wracking my brain for weekly blog post ideas. For me, it looks like blogging and editing will be the only "writer" activities for me for the next month or so at least. I'm shaving 30k words from The Draculata Nest for re-pub as Red Awakening and re-writing the bulk of the first half of the third novel which just came back from my editing team with "pace sucks" and "stupid plot" evaluations. Oh well. When I'm in disarray like this I usually find solace in looking for someone who is worse off than I am. It sounds crass, but I usually don't have to look to far, and it works. Love, hugs, chin-chucks, etc.-John

  3. Hi Kristy. We have now fast forwarded to March, 2015. I didn't know anything about you when you wrote this blog, but I sure know your writing now. I am nearing the end of THE ALIGNED, the third book of your The Hunted series. I live about 10,000 miles from Cairns, Australia, but you have become my favorite author in the world. Your writing style is brilliant. Pure and simple. Whatever, personal issues you had, I hope you have recovered from them by now in 2015, and for God's sake, keep writing!!!

  4. Hi Kristy,
    By the time you read my comment, we have fast forwarded to March, 2015. I'm sorry about your personal issues that you unfortunately got caught up with in 2013. I hope they are behind you by now for several reasons. One, for your personal life happiness, two, for your the focus you need to continue your writing career at the pace you would like. I think you must be feeling better, because I am currently half way through THE ALIGNED, having already read the first two of the HUNTED series, and I can now call you my favorite author, BY FAR. Your work is brilliant, please treat yourself to a peanut butter on occasion, smile, and PLEASE KEEP WRITING!!!


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