How many of you are committing to NaNoWriMo? I just can’t. Not fully anyway. I suppose I could if I made myself a different person, but I don’t work that way. I am a mom, first and foremost, and the primary caregiver of our two daughters (since hubby’s at work allllllll the time). I’m about to start a part-time job which will need a lot of my creativity and brain. And, I’m an extrovert. Sitting isolated that intensely, even for just a month, might just kill me.
That being said, it’s funny how the writing bug seizes you just when you don’t have as much time to write. So, I’ll definitely make more time for the butt-in-chair aspect of my life. Right now in my writing life, I’m — in fits and starts — reworking an old-familiar manuscript, resurrecting a dormant one, and about to start sketching out one or two others. I can’t seem to stick with one project. It’s kind of like how I clean my house . . . when I clean my house. I move from room to room, seeing what kind of stuff I need to do OVER THERE. I have a hard time cleaning one room at a time. Meanwhile, my who house is a study in clutter and dust bunnies.
So, I’d love it if you took a few moments to share some of your life and writing struggles here. How do you focus yourselves? How do you organize your writing lives, or just your lives in general? What all’s on your plate currently?
Would LOVE to hear from you.
It’s been back-to-school time for a while now, and I always think about how much I loved school when I was a kid. Who am I kidding? I still love school. If I could be a professional student, I would be. I remember in middle school and high school, learning a subject that pretty much still ticks me off today: Algebra. I had bold arguments with my dad as to the purpose of Algebra in my life. He would always ALWAYS say that it teaches you to think. As much as I still loathe Algebra, now that my 7th grader has been doing more and more equations I see his point. But it isn’t just Algebra, it’s all of life around us. Creative problem solving, learning how to figure out problems that crop up, is the single most important skill that anyone can have in today’s world and job market. I snapped this pic of my kids under the big THINK sign in one of the Disney Innoventions areas in Epcot Center. It may hurt their brains sometimes, but I’m bound and determined to make sure that their education is pushing them and making them constantly grow, and think, and learn. That means communication with my kids’ teachers, participation in extracurriculars, music lessons, and I’m about to get some language learning software that the girls and I can work on together. Our home is chock full of books. Our discussions are chock full of vocabulary. Neither of them is currently interested in writing, like their mama, but that’s okay. Whatever life they plan for themselves, I know it will be full of learning and critical thinking.
We took a few trips this summer, some tiring, some fun, some both. One trip was to the Disney World parks. I took this picture at the Animal Kingdom. I love the starkly beautiful silhouette of the birds in the baobab tree. It makes me think of my favorite time of year which is isn’t all that far away – of fall and Halloween.
Wow. I could go for a cup of this right about now. Couldn’t you?