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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Recharging


Chris Fries — this post is for you! (Or inspired by you, at least.)

Last week, I posted a blog about “fitting it all in” — how I juggle a teaching job, a writing career, and a family. Chris commented on how intense it all was and wondered: What do I do to recharge?

Good question, because yes, the burn-out rate has been especially high this year.  This is how I recharge, so that I can keep plugging away at the demands of what has essentially become two full-time jobs:

1. Bike riding with my husband.

2. Walks in the White Clay Creek Preserve with my family and the dog.

3. Watching the fish in our pond.

4. Relaxing in our Pocono Mountain condo.

5. Skiing.

6. Reading.

7. Television.

So, you see, I’m not really a robot after all. However, I happen to know an author who IS a robot.
More on that next month …

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

15 Responses to Recharging

  1. Those are great ways to recharge. I take long walks, read, and watch TV to recharge. We all need those times.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Your life looks very fulfilling! I like similar things too. Especially the reading and walking and relaxing bit.

  3. Linda G. says:

    Those look like some darn good writer rechargers to me! 🙂

    My batteries are a little low now, too. Whew! Who knew this writing stuff would be so exhausting?

  4. That fish pond looks divine! I think I feel a little bit more recharged just looking at the pic. And I’ll need it- getting ready to go Christmas shopping…

  5. Great ways to recharge. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  6. Robin says:


    We all have our ways of refilling the tank, so to speak.

  7. Tiana Smith says:

    I have pond envy 🙂 It looks so beautiful!

  8. J E Oneil says:

    You have a good Thanksgiving too :). And you’re dog is huge. I could put a saddle on him and go for a ride. He looks so cute just sitting around with your kids.

  9. Tonja says:

    Recharging sounds like a great idea.

  10. Lexa Cain says:

    You are doing such a great job balancing your life. It’s easy to be overcome by stress and deadlines and forget to prioritize “down” time. I’m glad to hear you keep your priorities straight. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  11. Steven says:

    Cool list! I share in your enjoyment of the outdoors to keep me going. You should take a skiing trip out this way, if you haven’t been.

  12. Hi, Dianne,

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    We ALL need our realizing moments, and I’m glad you take the time to relax. WIth YOUR schedule, you certainly need to have some “Dianne” time.

    Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  13. Hi Dianne … living a full life is the best – keeps life interesting .. but you manage to achieve a great deal.

    Love the post and your news .. sounds so much fun and being out and about gives you time to breathe and think ..

    Cheers Hilary

  14. Chris Fries says:

    Hi Dianne! Sorry I was so busy over the Thanksgiving week that I missed this! Thank you very much for the mention and I LOVE the ways you recharge!

    Reading you latest post — I’m very sorry you got hammered with the sinus infection. I hope you feel better soon! Take some time off, recharge, and get yourself well!

    Have a wonderful December, and a fabulous Christmas!!!!

  15. Sarah Allen says:

    Anything to do with Dr. Who is a great idea for a recharger in my opinion 🙂

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, with Joy)