Today I’m answering the question:
What inspires your book ideas?
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 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…
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.
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.
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.