This about sums up my life for the past year. For the four years leading up to last September, both feet were solidly planted on land—my marriage, my children, responsibilities at church, and so forth.
If you wanted to find me, I’d be in a kayak of creativity, rushing down a river of romance and adventure. I rented a bedroom in a house with five other girls. I had a part-time job so I could feed both myself and my passion for writing. Other than that, I hid in my room turning out manuscript after manuscript. One of my fondest memories of that time was one Christmas I visited my family for the day and then returned to my house for the rest of the Christmas Break (break meaning that none of my roommates were home!). I spent the next ten days living and breathing a story, only leaving the house once when I was dragged to a New Year’s Church Dance. What can I say--it was one of those books you just can’t put down.
Until last fall. I was blessed with a reality check (involving a funeral for a close friend) that rocked me back on my heels. I was reminded The Lord does want me to write and to share my stories with the world. I finally took a course that I’d been eyeing for years at the local college and dove back into one of my manuscripts.
I joined ACFW and started writing queries and proposals. Throughout March and April, I wrote the first draft of the first book I’ve written in five years. Wow, it felt good! I wrote a short story in May that will be published in an Anthology in Feb 2015, as it was a finalist in the Storming the Short Story contest. I have since rewritten a second manuscript that is now making its way through my critique group, and even pounded out just over 40,000 words in November.
But things have changed a lot since I was single and had no greater priority than writing. I now have a husband and a marriage I cherish and want to continue to strengthen. I can’t write every evening & weekend. I have a four year old and a two year old who like to read stories and play with Mommy—plus they need to be fed and watered on a regular basis (among other things). They get sleepy and grumpy and sick. I also have a third gift from God who needs a well-rested, well-nourished momma so he/she can grow and develop properly.
My personal theme for the year has become Balance. To make sure my house is in order--I don’t mean clean, because sometimes that simply doesn’t happen--and to make sure I remember what my priorities are. My relationship with God. My Marriage. My children. My health. My writing and so forth. (Somewhere down the list is cleaning my house, but don’t worry, it does get done.)
As much as I love writing, I am grateful it is not the only mission The Lord gave me. It’s definitely not the most important to me or to God. Nothing is more important to our Father in Heaven than His children, and nothing should be more important to us than the ones He places in our lives. Even if the fictional ones are more fun sometimes ;)
While I know The Lord wants me to write, He also wants me to live.
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Angela K Couch is a writer of historical romance from Alberta, Canada. She grew up listening to her father read chapters from his novels and decided young she would follow his path. As a teenager she began her first novel, evolving from her curiosity about World War II, and her interest has since spread to history in general. Angela has trained horses, earned her second degree black belt in martial arts, learned to paint, spent time in eastern Russia spreading Gods love, and finally found a wonderful man to start a marriage and a family with. She is now the mother of two sweet munchkins, and still making time to write! She can be found at www.angelakcouch.com, or followed on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angelakcouch?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark, or blog: www.howgrandmadidit.wordpress.com.
“He was secret police and he knew his purpose. Religion was the enemy and God, the deception. Then a glimpse of gold and silver, and the woman who wore it, threatened everything he trusted.”
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