Children & My Muse

kidsMy children are on Spring Break.  This is day #2.  I have three children- a 16-year old girl, a 6-year-old boy, and a 4-year-old boy.  The girl, she’s awesome, but likes to have some form of entertainment going at all times – television, radio, Youtube.

“The boys” as they’ve been classified as a single entity, are loud and crazy and, well, boys.  They also don’t sleep like “normal” children.  I read of people putting children to bed at 7PM and then letting them sleep until 9AM.  That’s insane to me.  My kids are often still awake at 9:30-10:00PM, and are usually wide awake by 6AM.  This morning, I got up at 5AM hoping to get a little work done.  Child #1 woke up at 5:45.

Whatever part of my brain I access when I’m writing fiction, I cannot access when my kids are awake and present.  I’m interrupted far too many times (in the course of these three paragraphs, I’ve had a discussion about “brain freeze” and “Ninjago Spinjitzu”).  The noise of the television or computer totally distracts me.  I’m constantly listening for a crash or bickering or something else that will require my attention.

It makes it hard when I have a self-imposed deadline to finish A Melody for James by Wednesday this week.  Thursday morning, I’m leaving my family in Kentucky and heading to the Pacific Northwest to attend the celebration of life of my grandmother who passed away in December.  I’d love to be able to hand the complete book over for editing while I’m gone, so that when I return, I can send it off to my beta readers.

I think that my decision to NOT write this summer and instead, focus on my garden and enjoying the summer break with my kids is a good idea.  Because, trying to work when I can’t is NOT enjoyable, and I’d hate to make summer a burden for any of us.
Hallee Bridgeman Precious Signature


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