What I Do When I’m Not Writing

What an honor to be invited back to Inspired Prompt. Thank you, Gail, for asking me to share how I spend my time while not writing. Though novel writing takes up a large chunk of my time and I’ve had to make sacrifices (like a clean house and flowerbeds with no weeds), there are some things that are too important to sacrifice.

One of those is time with family, namely, my husband (Marvin) of twenty-five years and our two sons. We’re a farm family from central, Illinois who loves the simple things of life, like being outdoors enjoying God’s creation.

Though our sons are fresh out of college and working full time, when we’re able, we enjoy motorcycle rides down country roads, going to St. Louis Cardinals games, visiting tractor shows, grilling out, bowling, and in the winter, watching movies and playing games with friends.

 

When it’s just the two of us, Marvin and I enjoy taking day trips to hike nature trails or ride bikes.

This past spring, we ventured to the Smoky Mountains for our twenty-fifth Anniversary. What a gorgeous place to visit. It was the farthest we’d traveled since our honeymoon, and so worth it!!

Though life can get pretty hectic in spring and fall for farm families, I love being a farmer’s wife. One of the things I love best about fall harvest is riding side-saddle in the combine with Marvin, and, on occasion, driving. Among the crops we grow (wheat, corn, and soybeans), corn is my favorite. Often the stalks are as high as the cab. Watching it feed through the head is amazing. Wheat is harvested in late June or July, so it’s generally hot and sticky in our non-air-conditioned cab. Not quite as ideal for riding, though I love watching the wheat ripen from green to golden brown.

For the past eight years, I’ve worked as a part-time elementary librarian. It’s my duty to shelve books, check books in and out to students, process new books, and assist head librarian, Kathy Phillips. We have a lot of fun together as we navigate through the various classes, reading to students and teaching them the essentials of finding their way around a library.

I’m also a gardener. With, Marvin busy in the field, the garden is pretty much my baby to tend—everything from tilling to planting to hoeing to harvesting. We grow sweet corn (my personal favorite), green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, and watermelon (Marvin’s favorite). I also enjoy having a few flowers around, especially when the Lord grows them so beautifully!

I’m also a bird enthusiast and enjoy identifying new species I haven’t seen or heard before. Each spring, we enjoy watching bluebirds nest out our sunroom window. Since I feed year round, it’s so interesting to see the various summer and winter birds at the feeders.

I’m still struggling to find the balance between writing time and life. The call to write is strong, but the Lord continually reminds me to keep my priorities in line—my relationship with Him first, then family, then writing. I consider writing my ministry, and so enjoy hearing from readers who have been touched by the words God has enabled me to write.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my world outside of writing. There’s nothing extraordinary about my life or me. But the Lord has blessed me richly with a love for what is simple and satisfying. Hopefully that comes across in my stories. Thanks so much for taking time to get to know the person behind the pen.

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AUTHOR BIO:  

Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Her Prairie Sky Series consists of Book One: Under This Same Sky (an Amazon Best-Seller) and Book Two: Under Prairie Skies. Book Three in the series, Under Moonlit Skies is due to release September 10, 2019.

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8 thoughts on “What I Do When I’m Not Writing

  1. Hello fellow Cardinal fan! (Did you see Pujols’s return to St. Louis this weekend?) 🙂 Thank you for the glimpse into your family and farm life.You are blessed!

    • Hi Karen! Yes! I didn’t get to go, but my husband and youngest son (in photo) went to the Saturday game where Albert hit a home run and the Cardinals won!! It doesn’t get any better than that for a Cardinals’ fan! Thanks for stopping by. I’m thinking you won a copy of my first novel, Under This Same Sky on here a while back. Or was it Under Prairie Skies? Whichever, I hope you enjoyed it. Blessings! =)

  2. I love getting a glimpse into your life, Cynthia. If I could live on a farm like yours, I’d be in heaven. (I would also have cattle roaming around on the hills–they’re my favorite.) Your flower and vegetable gardens are so lovely, and I see that you have a wonderful family. I enjoyed reading your post and viewing your photos. Blessings!

    • Thank you so much, Karen! I do love living on a farm. There’s no place like the country!! I do miss having animals. I grew up on a hobby farm where my dad had about every sort of farm animal imaginable. Unfortunately, my husband got burned out on chores growing up and didn’t want livestock. We’re grain farmers, with a dog and cat only. So when I want to see farm animals, I visit my folks! =) Thanks so much for taking time to share in my corner of the world. God bless!

  3. It’s nice to get to know you more by your interests Cynthia, I love nature and bird watching, it must be nice to have them nest near you, I feed them too, blessings.

  4. Hi, Wow! it sure sounds like you are a very busy lady, and I am with you, God is my top Priority also. I think farming is very , very important and very rewarding! Thank you for sharing your stories with us, I really enjoyed meeting you and learning about you in this interview. God Bless you.

    • Great to connect with you here, Alicia! Yes. Life is busy. I don’t lack for things to do. LOL! We’re usually up around 6 am and often not to bed before 11 pm during the busy seasons. But I wouldn’t trade farm life and country living for anything. I’m so pleased you stopped by. God bless!

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