I’ve been doing more momming than authoring lately, and I can’t say I’m sad about that. It would be different if I were intentionally blowing off my responsibilities to reach word counts every week in lieu of water parks and going to the movies and whatever else families with older kids do.
That’s not the case.
I got a decent amount written when the girls did dance camp at the end of July, but that’s because they were doing the camp thing for two hours every morning. They were having a blast while I was hiding away in the non-air conditioned lobby upstairs Googling things like “Cemeteries near Cleveland” and “1969 Chevy Chevelle SS.” By the end of those four day of minimal working time I was up more than 3,000 words. It felt really good to make that kind of headway considering I wasn’t sure how I was going to write this particular section of the next book.
Since then I haven’t gotten as much done. Between trying to catch up on housework (anyone who’s working from home can understand the demands of “home” while also balancing “work” … which some people might not consider real work) and then a sick child, I’ve written all of 174 words this week. I mean, I wrote more in response to the interview questions I was sent by a reporter yesterday than I’ve written in two weeks in my manuscript. It’s a little insane – and it was weird being on the interviewee end of reporter life.
Despite all the writing I haven’t accomplished this week, I’m not going to stress about it. If solid ideas were coming, I’d be up until 2 a.m. working. They just aren’t and I expect it’s from running myself ragged. It happens. This is why I haven’t put a strict deadline on myself, which I’m aware might sound counter productive since I’m very much a write-on-deadline kind of person. Once school starts for the kids – since both are going this year – I’ll actually have a two hour window to work when the youngest is at Pre-K, and that’s what that time will be used for.
In some kind of related news, I have a copy of To Have up for grabs on Goodreads. The giveaway is open to US only (I wanted to see how this whole thing worked before doing anything to include international, so … sorry) and ends Aug. 28. If you like entering contests or winning free stuff, go enter.
Have a fantastic weekend!