Screw my best intentions.


I’ve got the lovesick writer’s block blues, oh yeah.

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Why I never get my rewrites done.


Squirrels: rats with furry tails. And smarter than a squirrel-proof bird feeder, too.

Bicycling. It’s a Lot Like a Heart Attack. Seriously.


My husband and I ride for endurance. Neither of us are known for our speed, but we are still holding our “first hour” pace at hour five, when we have the time to train.

But there’s the rub. Finding the time to train.

Getting Our Groooove On


What do you do for love? What do you do for yourself? In the end, is there really any difference?

The Best Laid Plans of Cardinals and Men


What happens when one man’s plans run smack into his wife’s (many) issues…and a small, red bird?

Squeezing More Training Out Of Your Day


Guest blogger and cycling coach Rob Grissom shares his secrets to fitting training — or anything — into an over-packed schedule.

A Family That Cycles Together…Cycles Together


Last week, next week: the past and future are on my mind. This last week on Road to Joy I blogged about family culture.  One thing I left out of that blog, mainly because it was already the longest blog in the history of the world, was the importance that sports — especially bicycling, swimming, … Continue reading

I don’t have time for this *#^%@!(


It ain’t pretty.

Take it from me, “You-make-me-tired Pamela Hutchins,” no one has time for it all. Some people have more free/leisure time than others, but that is because they choose to prioritize leisure time over the world of other possibilities, unchosen. Most of us have so much we want to do (or have to do) that we can barely/rarely fit it in.

Fitting in time to write is about making it a priority and de-prioritizing other things to fit it in. If you can’t do that, then you won’t fit it in. So first make a list of everything you do each day, and be brutally honest. Something’s got to give, so what is it? Let go of crossword, or Sudoku, or long lunches, or whatever is most expendable.

But I Don’t Have Time to ________!


Here are my top 5 links to articles on making time to write.  Enjoy — by request, I’ll give away my secrets on finding time to write (and train and work and etc.) on Wednesday of this week. http://www.copyblogger.com/find-time-to-write/ http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/startingtowrite/tp/TimetoWrite.htm http://www.writing-world.com/life/time.shtml http://literaryculture.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_find_time_to_write http://www.absolutewrite.com/novels/finding_time_to_write.htm

I don’t have time for Facebook


What are your biggest time wasters?  For some people, it is TV.  For me, it is Twitter.  For others it is…FACEBOOK.  Love this hilarious clip from South Park, oh, sosososososo true.  Next week on Road to Joy:  carving out time to ______ (you fill in the blank).

The Energizer Bunny Has It All, Part Two of Two


Last Monday we worked backwards, exploring the final five of John Kelly’s Top 10 Time Management Tips. The woman accused of “having it all” by so many — me — came clean. Do I really have it all? I have “it” all, but not it “all.” And if so, how do I do it? By prioritizing what I can have, and being disciplined about time management.

The Energizer Bunny Has It All, Part One of Two


Last month at the annual meeting for the consulting company I co-founded 15 years ago, the corporate staff gave me a “humorous” recognition: the “you make us tired just thinking about it” award. At least, I hope they meant it to be humorous.

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