Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Over the summer, the kids were an ever-present pull on my time, and I got nearly no writing done. I juggled the guilt of not writing with the guilt of not entertaining the kids and spending time with them, and the kids won. They won in part because they are just so darn fun, and in part because I know they are growing so fast, and there won't be many summers left when they want to spend time with me.
But when school started, I thought things would change. They'd magically disappear onto the school bus every morning and I'd magically have five full hours to edit and revise my current book.
That was the plan, anyway.
What really happened was more something like this:
1. One child needed books from the library which necessitated a four hour cross-county, multiple branch scavenger hunt.
2. One child needed swim lessons scheduled and another needed evaluations for swim team placement.
3. Orthodontia appointments. Enough said.
4. Groceries. Clean Laundry. Apparently people need that stuff.
5. Friends that I'd neglected long summer months wanted coffee. I wanted adult interaction.
6. Car brakes were recalled, oil change needed, and sliding van door broke.
7. My running shoes fell apart. Literally. I had to hit five stores to find decent replacements I could still afford.
8. The bathroom scale said I desperately needed to hit the gym on a more regular basis.
After school, there's been a barrage of homework, piano practices and lessons, swim team practices, paperwork, choir, Bible studies.... in short... barely time to scrounge dinner and get everyone off to bed.
The nights have been late, the morning early. For the one hour I've gotten to sit and actually write, I looked like that picture up there. I'm exhausted. I fall asleep at the computer.
I've started getting cranky when things pop up to keep me from writing. I threw a pencil across the room yesterday when someone demanded something of me right when I sat to write. I yelled. "I give up trying to make writing a career. I can't have a career. I don't know why you think I should have a full time job when I can't even make a part time job of writing when everyone still just thinks of me as a full time mom with nothing more to do than get everyone else's stuff done!"
It wasn't my finest moment.
I still wrestle with how to get everything done. My stuff and their stuff.
Today I didn't shower, I didn't go to the gym, I didn't do my morning Bible study. I put the kids on the bus, threw my hair in a ponytail, made a huge pot of coffee and sat down to write. Writing first today.
And it's gone really well. I added over 1000 words to a scene I've been writing in my head since summer, and I'm ready now to move on to editing the next chapter. I think things are shaping up really well for this book.
My plan was to go to the gym once I finished that one scene, but now I'm thinking I might just keep writing. The gym will wait. My butt will still be just as big and need just the same workout tomorrow.
Today, no one is home. No appointments are scheduled (until after school). The dog is happy outside in the fall-like weather. And I'm getting stuff done.
Somewhere in here I'll have to fit in the shower, but for now, my computer doesn't care.