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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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Saturday Mornings

Saturday mornings are my quiet mornings.  Gregg and Kaylee typically sleep in – they’re the sleepers of the family.  The boys don’t really sleep in (5:30 this morning), but once they’re up and I feed them (the only morning of the week I give them cold cereal), I put in a full length feature film for them (Spider-Man 3 this morning), and spend the next 90-120 minutes surfing Pinterest uninterrupted.

Cold cereal and a television babysitter – I know — Mom of the Year Material.

This morning, however, was a bit different.  This morning I spent a good portion of that time answering fan mail!  I often get Hallee the Homemaker mail throughout the week, and try to answer it as it comes in (or as quickly as I can get to it).  But, this morning I cleaned out my spam mail in my Hallee Bridgeman, Author, email and had fan mail that had been sitting there!

What an encouraging, uplifting, exciting morning!  It makes me (almost) want to forgo that whole Pinterest break and catch another 90-120 minutes of writing time a week.

If you’ve read any of The Jewel Trilogy, I’d LOVE to hear from you!  I would also really love it if you would leave a review wherever you bought it (or on Goodreads).  Positive reviews help people find me.
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Muse Monday: Hours a Day

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.

Hours a Day
Long ago, when my daughter (who is 15) was nearly two-years-old, I started writing.  I kept it for a secret for a while.  I’d wake up at 4AM and write until 6AM, then would turn my computer off and wake the household for the day.  I worked full time, and often went home on my lunch break to catch 30 minutes of writing time.

Even after my (now ex) husband knew that I was writing, I maintained that schedule.  I didn’t really write any other time, and I was always alone (or the only one awake in a sleeping house) when I wrote.  Writing that way, two hours a day, five  days a week, I was able to write 10 books in two years.

Starting this week, I will have six hours a day, three days a week that will be focused solely on book writing.  The other two days of the work week will be spent blogging on my two blogs.  That is giving me 18 hours a week to write – eight more hours a week – of alone writing time.  I haven’t spent more than an hour or two alone for years.  I am so excited to see what kind of productivity I can accomplish in this designated writing time.

I have a goal, I know.  I know how many books I want to write before the end of the calendar year.  If I’m able to maintain a good pace, I’ll be able to meet my goal with no problem.

God willing, very soon my current work in progress (working title of Song of Retribution) will be completed.  Debi Warford has already given me a draft cover for it, and I’m well on my way into the story.

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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The Trilogy is Complete!

Thursday night, I finished Topaz Heat.  I read through it, made minor changes here and there, laughed and cried with the book (strangely, since I wrote it) then I sent it off to my beta readers.  It’s out of my hands now (for the time being).

In my opinion, it’s the best book I’ve written.  Hopefully, that will always be my opinion of my most recent book.

I plan on taking the next week off.    At least off as far as writing goes.  I can’t really take off as far as marketing goes, but that is much more manageable with my time.

I have laundry I’ve ignored and a garden I haven’t planted.  They need to come before the next book.

Next book I say?  Oh yes…a country music star, an assistant district attorney, an illegitimate child, a long lost love, and a serial killer.

Title to come later.  My “working title” — that is, the name of the directory in my computer — is The Prosecutor.  I doubt that will keep.

In the meantime, I have a Cathy’s Creation Bracelet and Emerald Fire to giveaway at my Hallee the Homemaker blog Saturday, Amy Durham’s book to give away Wednesday morning, another wonderful Readers’ Write to Know interview scheduled Wednesday this week, and the John 3:16 Marketing Blog Hop that starts Monday.

Have a great week!
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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 15

Day 15: A moment you’ve felt satisfied with your life

I’ve had this open all day and couldn’t really come up with an answer.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 says:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil.

I make an effort constantly to be true to this passage.  I try always to be thankful and constantly pray.  What this does, in effect, is not make me unsatisfied — which is why I don’t think I can come up with a moment of satisfaction.  I want very much to be in God’s will, whether that makes me satisfied personally or not.

I realize this is a non-answer.  I just can’t think of a moment I was “satisfied” with my life.

At this moment in time, sitting here right now next to my husband (who happens to not be in Afghanistan) I think I can come up with one answer.

On August 14th, Gregg came home permanently from Afghanistan.  We started a “normal” life, he’s working a “normal” job.  My marriage is strong, my kids are healthy and well behaved, my church is amazing, my books are being released, it’s almost time to plant the garden, our 1-year-old puppy is almost completely house broken…at this moment in time, I’m quite satisfied with my life.
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