A Hard Day’s Work

For the past several weeks I have been sidelined from my work.  And–yikes!–suddenly everything is coming due, all at the same time.  Well, within about three weeks, more or less.  As if that isn’t panic-producing enough, my to-do list includes five full-length books I need to read and evaluate within a week or so.  It’s an awfully close deadline, so I really do need to get really busy,  really quickly.   Which is exactly what I did today.  Setting comfort and pleasure aside, I dove right into my power reading mode.

I know, I know.  You’re thinking I’m not really working at all.  Wrong!  I’m working, all right, only in the lovely garden spot Dan built in our backyard rather than in my office at my cluttered desk.

Work–like playtime–comes in many different ways, and can be found in many different places.  I just happen to be more fortunate than most.

Well, I’d better bid you good-by and get  back to work!


“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

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About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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8 Responses to A Hard Day’s Work

  1. Jean Stewart says:

    Ahhh…do love the way you work. And yes, beautiful surroundings do make for good results. Have fun watching your met deadlines “whoosh by.”

  2. Kim Shepherd says:

    At least it is not five books that need to be written within the next three weeks! Hope the books are enjoyable to read.

  3. B.J. Taylor says:

    You’ve taught me so much; and now you’ve taught me another thing: to enjoy the “work” of our heart by putting ourselves in a place that is cool and refreshing to the mind and the soul.
    Hugs to you and your flower-planting hubby Dan!

  4. Working in the fresh air makes everything better!

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