Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

Who has enough time?

By Maggie Toussaint

Remember watching the grains of sand in an egg timer? The sand seems to flow really slowly at the beginning, then as more and more of the sand goes through, it appears to be racing through the neck of the hourglass.

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Lately, days and weeks have been racing past me like that last little bit of sand. What with new book releases, travel schedules, family visits, and the usual spring/summer hoo-rah of celebrations, it seems there’s not enough time in the day.

In Bubba Done It, my sleuth Baxley Powell feels like she’s racing the clock to save her brother-in-law. I know just how she feels. Life is coming at me so fast these days, it feels as if I’m living in a movie stuck in fast forward mode!

I’ve often wondered what would happen if I was suddenly granted an extra hour in a day. Would I do something altruistic? Would I take up a new hobby? Would I spend the hour on my family, my writing, or my current interests? Would I use it for sleeping? (Notice that housework appeared nowhere in that list of possibilities.)

I’d love to hear what you’d do if you suddenly acquired an extra hour of time for each day. One commenter will win a digital version of any of my romantic suspense novels. Read about each title at my website.

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I hope you have a happy 4th of July, and I hope you click over on this website and enter our monthly giveaway here at Booklover’s Bench that runs from July 4-18. Winner gets a $25 gift card.

I’m looking forward to your comments about that extra hour each day you’ve suddenly won.

Maggie Toussaint

Mystery and Suspense author

Writing science fiction as Rigel Carson







  2. Hi, I would love to get my blog up and running! Learn more about the different programs I need to master. I would read more of course, that’s a given. I want to learn more plant propagation for my garden. I would like to just learn more about a lot of things. A lot of it does require reading so that’s a plus!

  3. Hi Maggie, I’d probably sleep away the extra hour.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Linda! Hey, girl! Good to hear from you. Sleep. Now there’s a great idea. They say we function better when we get more sleep. Good for you on making such a fine choice! Don’t be a stranger.

  4. Jo Anne V says

    reading for pleasure relieves the stress of everyday tasks and allows us to dream about what if

  5. tinawhittle says

    What Nancy said! Read for pleasure!

  6. Amanda Ray says

    With an extra hour I could do some reading as well. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time lately to do any reading.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Doesn’t it seem like almost a crime that we don’t have time in this fast-paced world to read? I’m binging on reading while I’m fighting off this cold. I’d rather read than watch TV.

    • Amanda Ray – congrats! You’re my winner. Please contact me to get your book!

  7. That extra hour would help me get a little more writing done. I must confess that the extra second we got the other day didn’t help a bit.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Good for you, Claire! It’s hard to make “seconds” count when you have a long to-do list. An hour should give us enough time to write more. Good plan. Now if I only had the ability to manipulate time!

  8. Terry Ambrose says

    Hmmm, an extra hour. What a luxury that would be! The days they do fly by. 🙂

    • maggietoussaint says

      “Like sands in the hourglass, these are the days of our lives.” I’m sure this line from a popular soap opera might be unfamiliar to some, but for all the talk about sands in the hourglass, that program has been on tv for decades! I envy their popularity. I can’t imagine coming up with new material for the characters so many times, or so quickly! Need more time…

  9. I’m a reader, too, but I also have a huge backlog of recorded television shows plus the first season of Outlander on DVD, so I might play a little catch up there.

  10. I would definitely spend my extra hour reading! Great post~thank you! And thank you for the chance to win one of your books!

    • maggietoussaint says

      Hi Betty, You’re a gal after my own heart. I completed a difficult book task today, then took off a few hours to read an entire book. Oh joy, I feel like myself again!

  11. If I had an extra hour, I would lie on the couch and read for pleasure. I’m looking forward to a weekend at the beach resort later this month to do just that.

    • maggietoussaint says


      Books and beach resorts go together like peanut butter and jelly!

  12. Colleen C. says

    The days have been flying by… If I had an extra hour, I probably would spend it reading! 🙂

    • maggietoussaint says

      Hey, Colleen! Reading allows us to vacation in place, to travel in our pjs and comfy chair to distant settings and to experience a great adventure. Books were my first love, and I still hold them in high esteem.