have vs want

Let's be honest, do you really care what I HAVE versus what I WANT ? No. But here I write about it anyway. But maybe it will lure you a little more if is about my "to do's" instead my actual possessions.

The way I look at it sleep sucks up makes up a third of my day, on a good day. Out of my 16 hours of back breaking work sunshine, this is what I HAVE to do: (In no particular order and not with complaint just obligation. Well maybe a tiny grumble.)
  1. cook, feed, eat
  2. clean, launder and repeat (or an attempt to appear I cleaned at some point)
  3. care for ______ (fill in blank). Popular items at my house: neglected fish (singular, all the others died) or dying potted plants (See a theme here?)
  4. socialize (people already think I live under a rock)
  5. shower (though I enjoy the benefits, I hate the process)
  6. microwave my coffee, again
  7. tend to elderly dog (17 years running.  Not literally.)
  8. keep family entertained and happy (Oy vey!  That will wear you out. Hence my 1/3 devoted to the pillow.)
Things I want to do. Besides shop, read my fashion magazines or decorate my home, I want to do a million writer things. What the writer in me WANTS to do:
  1. blog, post, read blogs, comment (like the morning paper to some, it's my blog world for me.)
  2. read another novel (get wrapped up in the drug high from flood of [fill in blank with emotion])
  3. write, revise, edit my WIP (it's work it fun, work, fun, work, fun)
  4. find a dream agent (not query just define)
  5. make a list of agents whom I want to query one day
  6. write a short story for publication
  7. write my query letter
  8. write a synopsis for my book
  9. finish my writer website
  10. write that other idea I started one morning after a dream
  11. critique for my partner in crime Diana
  12. take a creative writing class
  13. join a local critique group
  14. oh yeah! get published
I try to quiet the impatient voice that thinks all the above should have been done yesterday. All things take time and I am sure all of us experience life at some point. It happens when we least expect it and sometimes it takes away from our writer wants. Eventually we get back on track until derailed by life, and so is the cycle of a writer’s life.