The Struggle to Juggle

The Struggle to Juggle.

Life. Work. Balance. Find me the person who can put these three words in the same sentence with a positive spin and I will buy you a pint.


If I had time to go out for a pint with you.

When I retired from my full-time job as a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, I thought I would have all the time in the world to sit with my Muse and write brilliant novels that the world would embrace completely and with wanton abandonment.

And then it happened.

Reality kicked in.

While I have likely the most supportive partner on the planet, I still have stuff to do.

I am now being paid to NOT go to work (what a concept!), and am blessed with a great gig teaching a partial-load at Humber College. I love it, but it takes me away from my writing.

There is a dog that needs walking on a regular basis. Again, lovely opportunity for me to get some fresh air and see my neighbours, but….

There are parents that need support. There are things around the house that are just not getting done until they are at near-crisis level. And this eating business! It seems that food needs to make its way from the shelves in the store to my home on a regular basis (thankfully, my wife is the cook in our house–and I say ‘thankfully’ for everyone’s sake!).

Oh, and did I mention that we have a toddler?

Mrs. R. is the go-to-parent-of-choice at the moment for The Phenomenon, but still….

And where did the time go?

That precious commodity that we all need to write, edit, blog, post, tweet, research, develop marketing strategies, update websites, respond to readers (my personal favourite!), read,….

Please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles!

If you have any questions, leave a comment below. Or, as always, feel free to drop me a line.

Until next week, I’m 10-7 for shift.

Desmond Ryan – Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction

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