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Monday Morning Chat – What Inspires My Stories?

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m answering the question:

What inspires your book ideas?

That was fun unpacking! 🙂 I hope you learn more about me as a writer through my response:

 

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The 3-Day Weekend That Turned Into the 9-Day Weekend

snowmanPeople are going to misread this post. But, that’s okay. I’ve been blogging for 4 1/2 years, so I know how to be misread. 🙂

I need my kids to be in school today.

Seriously.

It’s not that I don’t love my children and adore having them home. I get excited when there’s a snow day. I’m one of “those” parents. We make snow ice cream, play Go-Fish, watch silly movies, make thumbprint cookies, roast marshmallows in the fireplace.  Whatever we want to do – because snow days are free days.

But, my kids left school the Friday before MLK Day, and haven’t been back until (hopefully) this morning. I say that because I’m typing this on Sunday night and praying, praying, that the snow forecast for tonight is just a light dusting.

I must work. I have a cookbook waiting to go to press. I have a series of 8 novellas I intended to start publishing at the end of this month (anyone note the date?) and due to flu and snow days, I’ve only written 2 1/2 of the 8 books.

marshmallowsI am incapable of writing when my kids are home.  Whatever part of my brain I access to write fiction can’t get accessed if I’m in the vicinity of my children. It’s maddening, but true. Even when it’s just the teenager home, I can’t shut off listening for her to need me and turn on the fiction muse at the same time.

And, I’ll admit that I never realized that once I opened my mind up to the voices in my head, that they’d go a little crazy when they don’t get to get out. I’m experiencing that now. My mind is consumed with characters clamoring for attention, and I have no real way to give them a voice until this crazy winter weather ends and my kids go back to school.

SO, yeah, I’m not one of “those” parents – the ones who dread snow days, long weekends, and summer break. I’m the opposite.  Well, until now.  Now I’m ready to go back to work so I can get these books written and maybe hush those voices in my head.
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30 Days of Thankfulness Days 15, 16, 17

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November.

15, 16, 17. Freedom to Write

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When I first started writing, 15 years ago, I had a full time job. I got up every morning at 4AM and wrote until 6AM. I didn’t ever work on it at any other time. Saturdays were laundry/housekeeping days, and Sundays were my days of rest.

This week, on Wednesday (the 14th) morning, I had an idea for a new novella. It’s something I want to do special and it had to be done right away if it’s going to happen. So, I put aside the cookbook I was nearly finished writing, and started writing this story.

About three hours into my morning, the program I use to write crashed. I hadn’t yet saved the story, to it was completely gone. I took that as a “hint” and went back to the cookbook and finished it. By then, it was time to get the kids off of the bus.

Thursday, I opened my computer in the morning and started writing. I ignored that I was doing this daily blog post, I ignored the section in the cookbook that really needed attention, and I ignored the two loads of laundry that needed to be folded and just wrote. Friday morning, I showed up at the appointed time and place for jury duty, wasn’t picked to sit on any of the four trials that day, and went to the library to keep working on the story. I wrote and wrote, came home, fed husband and children, shut the door to my office, and wrote and wrote some more.

Saturday morning, I got up at 5AM finished the book by 8AM. In 2 1/2 days, I wrote 35,000 words. My editor and cover page designer are expediting the work for me so that this project can be finished in the time constraints I have.

I’m so thankful for the freedom to do this. I realize it’s a blessing that I’m able to determine my own work schedule, and that I have the freedom during the week to just write. I’ve lived both ways, and I try never to forget what a blessing it is.
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The Down Side to Working from Home

textUp until the moment I started publishing my books, I was a homemaker, a housewife.  I came and went as my children’s schedules allowed.  I went shopping at will, went to lunch regularly, had my home open to anyone who wanted to stop by.  I met friends for coffee or had friends stop by for lunch and to chat.  I texted and chatted on the phone all day long.  It was great.  I loved it.

Now that all three of my kids are in school, I consider myself working full time.  Unfortunately, I’m working from home and for myself, which means that people still have this idea that I’m always available.  But, that’s not the case.

At 9AM, I turn my cell phone off.  My cell number used to be our main house number, so it’s the first go-to number anyone uses for calling us.  It’s off.  If Kaylee has an emergency and needs to text, she texts Gregg.  Otherwise, she calls the house number.  The only calls I answer on the house number during the day are from Gregg, Kaylee, or one of the schools.  That’s it.

I am unavailable.  I don’t chat online.  I don’t read messages or emails. I don’t even throw in a load of laundry at any point.  I just work.  Non-stop.

I don’t have the kind of job where I can chat on the phone while typing on the computer, or that I can stop in the middle of it and reply to and/or send a text.  The way I write requires no interruption, no pull from the fictional world of my muse back to reality.  Constant interruptions break my muse and make me absolutely unproductive during the day.

So, I go into my office, put the classical symphony radio station on Pandora, plug in my earphones, and work.

But, people have been used to me being accessible for so long, and they don’t understand that interrupting me can throw my entire writing day off.  I think if I packed up work and went to an office every day, there would be more of a “she’s not available” mindset.

The last couple of days, I’ve missed a few texts and people have been kind of upset over it.  Here’s the thing: I’m not available.  Call me, text me, write me, or visit me after 3PM.  I’m good then.  My work day is over and I would LOVE to hear from you.

I also have a standing “coffee” date with a friend every time I finish a book.  We meet after we drop kids off and end up staying at a restaurant until we need to get lunch — catching up, gabbing, not looking at the clock or my computer screen.  It’s wonderful.  But I only do that in between books.
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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.
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Muse Monday: Time to Write

Welcome to Muse Monday!

Every Monday, I’ll write a post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse, or whatever strikes my fancy to write regarding the craft of writing. I’ll also include a Linky. Link up YOUR post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse — ANYTHING to do with writing and the craft of writing.

Time to Write

Summer is officially over in our house this week.  My daughter begins her first day of 10th grade on Thursday.  The following Wednesday, my boys will enter 4K and Kindergarten.

I have to say, I’m looking forward to school starting.  I had hoped I’d be able to finish my current work in progress this summer, but I don’t think I was able to write for more than two days.  I need to not be distracted when I write, and listening to boys play or interacting with my daughter, while wonderful, is distracting.

I’m also a schedule girl, and the relaxed environment during the summer time really messes with my writing chi.  The structure of the school year really helps me stay on track and keep everything in order.

I’ve set up my schedule that will give me three solid book writing days a week, and two blog writing days a week.  Here’s a peak at the preliminary draft:

I’ll be able to tweak it once I try it out and see what works and what doesn’t work.

What is going on in your Muse world this week?  Leave a link to your blog post!  Here are the rules.



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