A One-Woman Teeter-Totter

People sometimes me ask how I manage to balance freelancing about real estate and writing a novel. It's not easy, and after three years of this balancing act, I've thought of an explanatory metaphor: It's like riding a teeter-totter up and down by myself. First I ride up and down on the real estate-freelancing seat, then I jump off, run around to the other side of the teeter-totter and ride up and down on the novel-writing seat. It's hard work and it's not exactly efficient, but at least I haven't fallen off yet.