People 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.
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.
I 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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I totally feel your pain! We have potential for two snow days this week and I am the only person who isn’t looking forward to the prospect…
I am right there with you. We had a week off after the Christmas break so 3 straight weeks no school. Since then they have had a couple more days off and almost every other day a 2 hour delay. I am so behind I want to cry. While I relish those fun times with the kids the simple fact is I can’t make a living to support us if I can’t write which equals work. That’s a hard concept to explain to my 7 year old:)
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