This week on the Blog Hop, we’re talking quantity vs. quality.
For the first few years we were married, my husband and I worked different shifts. I would work an eleven hour shift starting at 7 AM and ending at 6 PM, and he would start his shift at 10 PM and get off at 6 AM, so when I got home he was asleep. That left us an hour or so to see each other, basically just passing one another as we left for work.
The weekends were when we really got to spend time together, though not as much as we wanted because his sleep schedule was thrown off by the night shifts. I learned then that the small amount of time we got together was far more important to us than if we’d seen each other all the time. We made the most of it, going on dates to the movies or museums, or sometimes just walking the trails. Even though we only spent a few hours together it felt like all we needed.
Now we both have a normal schedule so we spend more time together, which feels great, but the lessons we learned from our crazy ships-in-the-night schedule stay with us. We make the most of every minute we’re together and though our marriage has had some very rocky times we are stronger every day.
Quality over quantity has also become my mantra in my writing. Sounds funny coming from someone who is currently flying through a first draft for NaNoWriMo, but the book I have in production right now, The Detective’s Brother is a bit longer than my planned second book, Framed. I have to remind myself that every story doesn’t take the same amount of words to tell and that what’s important is to have a nice, tight story instead of a rambling mess that makes the reader lose patience with me.
In general I do find that quality in my life is more important because we don’t have a lot of money so we make the best of what we have. As long as I have my husband, my stepdaughter, and the time we spend together, I’m the happiest woman in the world.
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