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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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