I don't have a new guest for today, but I will soon have a house full of them! I am lucky enough that my dear friends in Canada are willing to make the trip out to here to see me and my husband. Now that we have the space, having guests is so much easier and really a pleasure. I get to play Julie Cruise director from the Love Boat and organize everyone's activities. I get everyone to give me ten requests, tell me their budget and then I put together a dream itinerary, post it on the fridge and try my best to make it happen.

I have been lucky that I have been able to plan my guests visits for the most part around my writing schedule. A big visit is preceded by a huge push and the time playing hooky with friends is a reward. But this time it's different. This time, I am in the middle of my novel, flailing around with no idea how to write what I need to write next, and for the most part, in the foulest of moods imaginable. I am a Bitter Betty, and I worry how to both move forward and spare my dear friends from this surely too ugly to be witnessed by good people, phase of my writing process.

Now don't get me wrong, my friends are amazing and will understand, but I don't really want to spend the time that they are here, breathing fire and mumbling to myself as I shuffle around the house in sweat pants! So I need to think how I can do it all. Write, make progress, return to the land of the living and enjoy their visit.

How do you do it? Balance your life and out of town guests?

And if any of my out of town guests are reading this, I promise you that I am soooooo looking forward to your visit and will do my best to spare you my manic middle mood!


lynn @ the actors diet said...

i'm not very good when it comes to getting work done when guests are in town. i totally play hooky. please share some of their fave activities - i have some guests coming in a month and need ideas!

Gina Sorell said...

I will for sure Lynn! I have lots of fave, fun things to do!

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