The year was 2000. My youngest child was off to 1st grade, since Kindergarten was half day 'back then' and since I had a tendency to lose track of time while on the computer, I did other chores while keeping an eye on the clock.
So when she was off to school all day, I would happily get them off to school, watch the news until 9am, them turn on the radio, check my email, then get down to writing until both kids arrived home at 3:30. Or I'd stop at 2:30 and go pick them up. Homework and dinner would follow.
Fast-forward seventeen years: I have 21 books published, plus five that need re-pubbed; three children (a caboose arrived in 2004), and three grandchildren (only 1 biological). My two adult children are working and one is even going back to college later this month; my oldest granddaughter decided this summer to live with us and go to school down here; my baby is in 7th grade, and the youngest granddaughter enters full-day kindergarten.
In other words....I get my LIFE back!
But no more all day writing stints. Oh no. Now I have to check in with social media; manage 3 email accounts; check in with chat loops (I really only keep up with 2 instead of 17); manage 2 blogs; and do my daily FlyLady housecleaning.
All before lunch.
Depending on Grumpy Claus's plans, I'll either run errands with him (which sometimes includes lunch!) or stay home and either attempt to write, or dive into 'decluttering' mode and work on either of the two houses we're cleaning out, or sort through the storage unit. As previously mentioned, I'm also waiting on him to install some electrical outlets downstairs so I can set up my stereo and home office.
After dinner, I freely admit I'm a TV addict. I have many shows that I love to watch, and depending on what days, sometimes mine end up on the DVR. If I get too behind, then some of my daylight hours are spent watching them, or even late at night. On the weekends, I enjoy getting up early to do this also. I'm also binge-watching Criminal Minds on NetFlix, so at least 2 hours a day is
wasted spent lying on my bed....
So while I would love to lead you to believe I write from 9am-3 again, it's just not possible.
Maybe when all my kids are grown and that 'empty nest' is finally here??????
Come back in 2030. I'll let you know.
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Again, this weekend I'm promoting my books (and a brand-new author's 1st book!) at our local Watermelon Festival tonight and tomorrow. I'll check in either Sunday or Monday!