Guest author: D. Wallace Peach – Room to Breathe

Photo: Sue Vincent

I’m delighted to guest blog today on Sue’s wonderful Daily Echo. I’m sitting in my recliner looking up, wondering what to write. There’s a ten-foot long spider web hanging from the ceiling fan to the beam over my head, gently blowing with the heat circulating around the room. Tapestries of cobwebs grace the corners of the high windows that I can’t reach without a ladder. More delicate threads crisscross the Christmas star that I never took down – from 3 years ago. I kid you not.

When my grandson was 2 years old, he said the house was “spooky.” I laughed but didn’t whisk them away despite the cute commentary.

It feels good to sit and stare for a few minutes, to breathe and relax and study the floating web and the way it catches the light.

I’ve been writing full-time for seven years and blogging for about five. It’s been a labor of love, but full time has been overtime, averaging between ten and twelve hours a day. I couldn’t get enough, and I let the rest of my life slide as I immersed myself in the glory of words and worlds, the lives of the characters inside my head.

I always felt as though I was making up for lost time. A new story would begin to weave, threading through my fingertips before the last one ended. If I paused the web I was spinning would falter, the pattern altered, not better or worse, just different.

In seven years, I took a few breaks, but they were always with a purpose, something to be checked off as efficiently as possible so I could return to writing. Even vacations were interruptions. I missed entire seasons, the outdoors, working with my hands, being creative in other ways that I enjoy. I miss hanging with family and friends. I churned out 13 books.

As these last four books roll off the laptop into the world of Amazon, for once, I don’t have a new tale spinning. And it feels good to look at the time ahead with room to breathe, anticipating a taste of that elusive sense of balance I’m perpetually chasing and ignoring.

There are holes in my life I need to fill with fresh air and sunshine, food I’ve grown, people I love, a little exercise (or a lot), and some exploration. I feel a need to exist without deadlines and timetables, to read and play and paint and hike and watch movies. To spring clean away the cobwebs. And write a little, of course.

 

Room to Breathe

*

The cobwebs cluttering my corners

are the trophies of time earned

following dreams of being

making up for lost time

when life was ruled by clocks and children

mortgages and marriages

the daily commute when I wondered

Who am I?

*

I clutched at daydreams and made them real

spun tales through the rafters

wove stories from straw

and draped them in the windows

I grasped each moment of seclusion

like a breath before immersion

And held on.

*

Until the daydreams cluttered my corners

trophies of time earned

following dreams of being

and making up for lost time

new tales weave through the aging season

tapestries spun with timeless freedom

to whisk away the cobwebs

and discover in the corners

Room to breathe

*


Find and Follow Diana

Myths of the Mirror Website/Blog

Facebook   Amazon Author Page    Goodreads

Twitter @dwallacepeach


About the author

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.


Why does she need room to breathe?

Her latest books have just rolled off the laptop:

Find all Diana’s books on Amazon

The Rose Shield Tetralogy:

Catling’s Bane

Oathbreakers’ Guild

Farlanders’ Law

Kari’s Reckoning

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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114 Responses to Guest author: D. Wallace Peach – Room to Breathe

  1. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    I’m honored to guest post over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo today. If you have the time, stop over to say hi. ❤

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  2. Thanks so much, Sue for the opportunity to guest post and hang out at the Daily Echo today. It’s an honor. Have fun at your workshop!

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  3. Erik says:

    Love, Love, LOVE the poem.
    Some might say you think too much.
    I say you think exactly the amount you’re meant to.
    And I totally get it.
    Happy breathing.

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  4. Oh, I love the start of this. Detailing cobwebs! I believe we could all take a page from your book and just take a minute to slow down, appreciate whats around us, and breathe it all in.

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  5. balroop2013 says:

    I am glad to hear you are relaxing in the spooky room…if this is relaxation it is obvious how you have been such a prolific writer! Life without any deadlines, alarms or timetables could be fun earned after a busy life…enjoy the time you have gifted yourself Diana and soak in the solitude, look at the clouds and breathe deeply!
    Your Room To Breathe is a beautiful haven of peace. Stay blessed! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Balroop. At this stage in my life, I do it to myself (the stress thing). So, I’m the one to undo it. I’ll be busy, I’m sure, but in a different way. And I’ll definitely be breathing in some sunshine. 🙂

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  6. Nice post! lovely image too!

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  7. tpolen says:

    Excellent post, Diana – sometimes we need to take a break, appreciate life, and give the creative well time to re-fill.

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  8. A lovely post Diana. We do all need time indeed x

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  9. Carrie Rubin says:

    This is wonderful, Diana. I’ve been thinking along similar lines lately. Going so fast to get things done, regardless of what they are, and not taking enough time to just sit and enjoy the quiet. You’ve inspired me to take some time to do that this weekend. And with the spring weather, it’s perfect timing. 🙂

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    • It is the perfect time of year, Carrie. I plan to settle into a more casual pace for the summer – still writing but without the pressure (which I totally do to myself!). Have a great weekend enjoying the quiet and the wonderful changing seasons. ❤

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  10. staceywilk says:

    I so envy the quiet time ahead of you. I always feel as if there’s some place else I need to run to or something else that must get done and when it isn’t my writing it certainly is my family. I remind myself how quickly my children will be off to their adult lives so I try and cherish the non-stop action that is my life at the moment and when something doesn’t get done, can we say tumbling dog hair, it’s all okay. Great post, as usual!

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  11. Jennie says:

    This is one of the best author interviews and poems I have read. Thank you, Sue.

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  12. Great post Diana! I am SO glad you are giving yourself some time to breathe, relax, and connect back to that beautiful nature that surrounds you. ❤

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    • Me too, Kathryn! Ha ha. I’ve already started reading a new book, and as soon as the darn sun shows up, I’ll be yanking out the blackberry vines that are crowding my house like Sleeping Beauty’s castle. My Prince Charming needs a little TLC, too. 😀 Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend.

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  13. tric says:

    Ah I loved this. But no surprise there really, you always write beautifully. I’m delighted to hear you’ve a little time to smell the roses, goodness knows what you’ll come back with.

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    • Thanks, Tric. I’ll still be around but hopefully a little less frazzled behind the scenes! We have beautiful but short summers out here, and I don’t want to miss another one glued to my recliner! Ha ha. Thanks so much for the visit. Have a lovely Easter weekend. ❤

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  15. davidprosser says:

    Beautiful poem exceptional lady and friend.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  16. Delighted to find you on Sue’s blog today, Diana! Poetry or prose, you’re a wonderful writer! 🙂 xo

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  17. I am intrigued. I can’t wait to hear (on your blog) how your next idea germinates. How does that happen?

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  18. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Diana Wallace Peach is the guest of Sue Vincent this morning.. With 13 books on the shelves and four just rolled out, Diana is taking some time out to breathe…. head over and read her lovely poem too.

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  19. acflory says:

    I’m in awe of your productivity, but yes, definitely time to stop and breathe a little. 🙂

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  20. Reblogged this on Richard M. Ankers and commented:
    Two of my favourite people in one post, it doesn’t get better than that.
    Richard

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  21. adeleulnais says:

    What a beautiful interview and a lovely poem. Diana, you can spin prose like a master. x

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    • Thanks, Adele. I have to admit that sometimes it’s there and sometimes not. You just don’t get to see the “not.” Lol. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment. Have a great weekend and Happy Writing 🙂

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  22. Some fabulous information about Diana. I can easily see how a person can become obsessed with writing. I like writing but I love my art even more and I can become a bit obsessed with it when I am trying to finish the illustrations for something. It is good to take breaks though, gives you time to stare at the clouds and come up with new inspiration.

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  23. Beautiful poem, Diana! And you deserve to take some time to relax and ponder the next stories. Great post!

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  24. Lovely post, Diana. You’re so good at weaving words together. Thanks for having Diana as your guest, Sue. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  25. Happy Easter to both of you. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  26. dgkaye says:

    Oh what a lovely web you wove Diana. Congratulations for reaching that part where you can say you’ve accomplished dancing to the tune of your muse and are going to get back to ‘real life’. I, as many writers can relate to that timetable of a writing life and I too look forward to that stage to regain a fuller living of life back one day. Your story and your poem were inspiring and reminding words. Enjoy! ❤ 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Debby, for the kind words of encouragement. Who knows where I’ll be in the life journey next year, but for now, I need a little breathing room. Of course, I’ll still be writing and blogging but with a little more leisure time and sunshine between. As you know, life is constantly changing. Take a deep breath, my friend, and have a great day. ❤

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  27. Congratulations on 13 books! Youza!! Let me count mine for a minute … I have eight. Super cool for both of us!!! Seriously, I’d love to hear more about your marketing, sales, etc. Pretty much I have come and gone and returned and try and try some more. A couple times I came to my computer with the intent to unfollow all my social medias, then I couldn’t. I think I’ve decided to not worry about sales and the like as its too difficult for one person to manage all the aspects. I think publishers are seeking out indies, so they’ll scoop up the very good ones and someone like me will fall away and be lost, forever! Ha. I’m a difficult one to let go or give up; I’m sure I would have been one of the last to go down on the Titanic. Proud of you.

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    • Thanks for the visit, Caroline. Congrats on eight books! That is a lot of work – until you start the marketing, right? Ha ha. My major social media platform is WordPress and I don’t spend much time on the others. I’d like to, but I’m just not that good a juggler! What I’ve found, overall, is the best way to sell books is to write more books. There are more ways for readers to find you, and when you do promotions and readers like your work, they have more books to read. Truly, I write and blog for the enjoyment of it, and if I’m having fun, I consider myself successful. There is no Titanic if you’re doing what you love. 😀 Have a lovely Easter and Happy Writing!

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  28. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland and commented:
    great post ladies!

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  29. A beautiful entry. Cobwebs be damned…you have lived your life being lost in words, and that’s pretty wonderful, D.

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  30. Beautiful photograph, poem, and guest post. I can’t even imagine writing 13 books in 7 years. It took me at least that long just to write my first one, never mind all the revising, submitting, waiting, etc. So glad to hear you’re going to stop and smell the roses (and refuel), you deserve some time off!

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    • Thanks for reading my cobwebby musing, Marcia. I’m a little spun out! Ha ha. But I loved every moment of it and look forward to more writing at a saner pace. I needed to pour out some pent up creativity, and I guess it took seven years. Now a bit of that elusive balance is in waiting. Happy Easter and Happy Writing! ❤

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  31. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Check out this guest post from author D. Wallace Peach from Sue Vincent’s blog.

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  33. I love this. Everything about it. The contemplation, the realization, the sacrifice, the delight, the well-earned break. Wonderful. I can relate to a lot of this and hope to get my break soon.
    🌸breathe🌸

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    • Thanks, Sarah. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it and could relate. I’m nearing 60, so there’s been a lot of making up for lost time. Not that the time was really “lost.” My life has been blessed in many ways, but there always are and will be opportunities to reevaluate and reprioritize. I’ve started some leisurely reading and become reacquainted with the treadmill. It feels good to breathe. I hope you find your balance, my friend. Happy Easter.

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      • I know what you mean. It’s not wasted or lost but we all have different priorities and responsibilities. I am so happy you had that time with friends and family, then time to write, and now time to breathe. Happy Easter. 🐰🌸🌼

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  34. Perfectly lovely. Hugs all around.

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  35. A great post, a beautiful poem and a wonderful picture!

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  36. So right, Diana. I took your example and spent most of this weekend away from the computer and social media. My goodness, what a fun time I had. I even slept better, although how that Christmas star of yours got up there in the first place did cross my mind a few times.

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    • Thanks for the visit, Hugh. A little balance is called for and it feels good. I’m glad you got to relax and enjoy the weekend. The Christmas star is still there, all lacy with cobwebs! Have a wonderful week, my friend. ❤

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  37. Sometimes a change in pace can be just what we need.

    Love the sentiment (and the flower pic, too!).

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  38. reocochran says:

    Sue, your photograph of the rose with bright pink petals and orange/peach tips is gorgeous! You brought a different kind of warm atmosphere to an interview post. ❤
    Diana, this is so wonderful to learn of your next move being in free space or free time. Taking a break or change of pace from writing will refresh and relax you. This makes me happy for you and your deserved break soon. 🙂 xo ~ Robin

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  39. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, this is a beautiful, almost dream-like, guest post! The beginning is captivating and like the spider’s web, weaves us into your writing story. Your fully immersive experience is astonishing, almost as if you existed in your own writing world – your output has been fantastic. You deserve a break and I hope you have a really good chance to breathe and enjoy the deadline-free time!

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    • Thanks so much for leaving a note, Annika. I’ve slowed down already, started reading more, and as soon as it stops raining, I’ll be outside. Still writing but limited to a few hours a day. I loved your post today and growled when comments were closed. Ha ha. A big smile crossed my face as you greeted the cracks in the steps. Just full of positivity and really made my day. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your Easter break!

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Glad to hear you’ve slowed down on the work and hope the rain eases off soon! Many thanks for your words about my post today and I have to confess that I had intended to leave comments open. However, after a long tiring journey home yesterday and feeling so ‘jet lagged’ today I wimped out – got worried I’d be so far behind! So glad you like the quotes and great wisdom in them.

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  40. Diana: I can certainly appreciate the Call of the Keyboard, but do take a little time to step back and celebrate this monumental achievement! Four successive novels! You are an inspiration! Feel free to “rest on your laurels,” if only briefly…

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    • I’m trying to take it a little easy, Sean. I just got a new computer to torture myself with for a week or two. THEN, I’ll relax, except for the garden. Ha ha. I appreciate the visit! Happy Writing, my friend. I’m awaiting your book. 🙂

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