Finding Balance

I tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of person. When I set my mind on a goal, I pursue it without reserve. For instance, in high school, I loved science. I loved it so much, I dropped AP English so I could take AP Biology and AP Chemistry. I joined the Science Club and baked superconductors in the school kiln.

But I’ll never forget a scholarship interview I had with some engineers. They laughed that I had included some awards for poetry in my scholarship portfolio. “A poetry writing engineer.” I can still feel the heat in my face as one man shook his head in disbelief.

Only a few months later I attended a Department of Energy science camp at Lawrence Berkley Laboratory and realized what a life of science might mean for me – sleeping on a cot in the lab so I could run experiments day and night. I knew I wanted more out of life than a lab.

Once again, that all-or-nothing side of me kicked in, and I turned my back on science in pursuit of the written word. I immersed myself in Stephen King, Anne Rice, Jean Auel, and Andre Norton. I majored in English in college, and even started my first novel as my senior thesis. Fantasy, Romance, Horror. I wanted to write it all.

Now, twenty years later (yes, that’s telling my age a little) I have finally found my “voice.” And guess what? It happens to be smack dab in the middle of my two favorite subjects – science and fiction. I guess the pendulum had to swing both ways before coming to rest.

Do you have a passion that influences other parts of your life? How have you found a balance?

© Tam Linsey, 2011. All rights reserved.

Cross posted at Romancing The Genres

4 thoughts on “Finding Balance

  1. Casey Wyatt

    So true Tam. It’s great that your writing can incorporate the things you love. I also share a passion for writing. I’ve alwasy loved magic, sci-fi and fantasy. I can’t imagine writing anything without those elements. There are other passions too – knitting, crocheting and reading. I try to find time for all of them. But it is a balancing act and right now, writing takes the top priority.

    1. Tam Linsey Post author

      Excellent point, Casey. I can get wrapped up in one side or passion, and must work to even myself out. Even writing can become a bit obsessive.


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