Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Never be so busy as not to think of others.

Never be so busy as not to think of others. Another week, come and gone. This week, my post is a day late because yesterday was my turn to write and post a story for Story Empire’s Monthly Writing Prompt. I wanted to give that post and this post their own respective days, so I moved my regular feature to Saturday. And I do have a lot of links for you. But first, the quote.

This week was a perfect storm of busy. I had three posts due for Romance University, two posts due for Story Empire in addition to the story I was required to write. I had two posts of my own that I wanted to share—a cover reveal and an announcement regarding the preorder of my new novella. And I was happily hosting a friend’s cover reveal announcement. All this while trying to make word count for my job (5,000 words a day) and do my own work (writing, planning, designing, promoting, etc.)

Please don’t ask me about housework.

This week was also fraught with a few under-the-weather days and some technological crises, both of which took up valuable time.

But what I found the most value in this week wasn’t checking any of those things off my to-do lists. This week, I helped my daughter with a problem (which is difficult long-distance). I had a few lengthy and heartwarming discussions with my son. I had a lovely talk with my in-laws on my MIL’s birthday. I managed to buoy the spirits of my sister-in-law with an innocent text (I didn’t even realize she was having a rough time until I checked in). I listened to friends who asked for prayers, and pray I did.

Some people might wonder why I was taking the time for long phone calls, texts, and email exchanges when I obviously had too much to do. And I’m not going to say I didn’t feel the heat. But these people are important to me. If I ever need them, they’re there. And I want to be there for them, too. I had some long days and longer nights, but they were worth it to me, each and every one of them.

As are you. I appreciate you taking a few minutes out of your day to check in here, say hello, click a button or link or two. Our exchanges here, to me, are totally worth it.

As always, wishing you productivity and balance.

And now, this week’s links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:

Posts by others in the industry:

Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at

20 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

    1. I appreciate you not asking! Today I’m trying to balance laundry (which I ignored Sunday in favor of doing NOTHING at all) with my writing. I have far less blogging on the schedule, and I just finished an editing project, so it ought to be a productive week.

      Thanks for visiting, sharing, and providing great content that I can pass onto others.

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  1. I’m late checking in thanks to a lingering sinus infection and trying to pump out some word count of my own. I love your Friday posts with quotes and reflections, even when they come a day late. They always manage to hit a heartfelt note.

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  2. Sometimes it’s all about balance in all the things we have to do. You didn’t lose sight of what was important and got a lot of results! Thanks for the list, too!

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  3. Some days (okay, lots of days) can feel overwhelming, but I’ve learned to prioritize and take each task on with a cup of good spirits (not the alcohol kind, though that can’t hurt!) and somehow they get done.
    Hope next week is a bit easier!

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    1. Thanks, Jacquie. I’d much rather be too busy than too bored. And next week will be easier; my posting schedule is simple in comparison to this past week.

      Now that cup of good spirits? I’m down for that. Thanks!

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