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Time to Get to Work – But First, Must Organize…

School started less than a week ago for the kiddos and now even #3 is off to the great world of education! Okay, she’s in half day preschool, but still! That’s almost three hours, five days a week of ME TIME. Which means, finally Momma can get to work —  you know, that thing called writing?

I have been experiencing all sorts of excuses for the past, well, for a long time now, when it comes to the writing gig. At first it was the kids underfoot and being too tired to commit to it at night. Then it was the computer crashing issues. Then it was because my keyboard wasn’t good enough. Then, then, then….let’s face it, I’m just not as motivated as I’d like to think I am. I did get back in the right direction last Spring and worked most days, even on the weekends to keep the word count going. It wasn’t great, but hey, that’s what editing is for, right? But then school let out and I had all three kids home all the time. And then Hubs had to take his laptop to work on a regular basis. And then we opted to forgo cable & Internet (except for our phones) to save some money over the summer. All blogging, journals, and manuscript writing came to a halt.

Hubs is great. He saved up several pennies and got me a new laptop. All mine. No games downloaded for the kids, no keyboard issues, no sharing with work. BAM! Like, six excuses were taken care of with one purchase.
wpid-wp-1441130270654.jpg Yay!

I played with it a bit here and there. I got Windows 10 loaded up (still not sure how I feel about that). I got a new phone and figured out how to use it as a WIFI hot spot and get online. I set up a cute background and screen saver. I really looked forward to the first day of school so I could devote my “free time” to writing again. So I could be “productive” again. My goal is to finish the manuscript before school is out for the summer next year and use the summer (evenings) to edit and re-write. I made notes in my head, organized my outlines, came up with some awesome plot lines. Finally the first day of school rolled around!
wpid-wp-1441128899549.jpg This was the most welcome sight!

But you know what? I got nothing done. I didn’t know how to readjust myself to this new routine, even though I’d been obsessing about it for three weeks! I tried to get all my chores done in the morning (while my daughter was still home) and tried to sit down right after I dropped her off at school. But there was always something; a load of laundry needed to be folded, chickens needed to be dealt with, supper needed to be planned out. I’d run errands instead of coming straight back to my desk. It’s easier to go to the farm to pick tomatoes or forage for wild grapes if you aren’t dragging a three year old along. It’s faster to return those over due library books and DVDs by yourself. The canning, pickling, baking, etc. needs to happen sometime, right?
wpid-wp-1441128930115.jpg About to be ketchup.
wpid-wp-1441129010331.jpgThe cuteness of homesteading.

My goodness. I’ve created even MORE excuses due to my “free time”! So, before I do anything, I am going to knuckle down (while my tomatoes are simmering on the stove) and create my own plan of attack. My kids have a schedule. My husband has a routine. Heck, even the animals have a check-list. Since I’m the ring master running this show, I suppose it is only wise if I adhere to one as well. I will be putting my calendar reminders and list making skills to good use so I can get a lot of the distractions out of the way and keep my time on the clock actually focused on writing, and getting that dang story on paper and out of my head!

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Thankful #12: Chairs & Few Followers

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So I asked my husband what I should be thankful for today.  His response was “Oh! Oh! Write about chairs!!  Think about it; you can sit on them.  I mean, where would this world BE if it weren’t for chairs?”   Umm, sitting on the floor I guess.

Okay, I’m not really thankful for chairs.  That’s silly.  But, oddly enough, I am rather thankful that my readership is extremely low so I’m not letting anyone down when I have a cop-out post about chairs.  ‘Cause, you know, sometimes writers just get lazy & run out of things to be thankful for.

(In all seriousness though, I AM thankful for the chair pictured above because it isn’t just a chair.  It has a shelf on the bottom where I store my daughter’s diaper stuffs.  It also folds out to a ladder so I can reach the attic.  Awesome piece of furniture.)

Thankful #1 Writing Challenges

I will have to say that my first thankful post is also going to be about writing because, well, I’m just thankful for it.  I am thankful for these writing challenges because they are making me think and they are making me write, and those are two things that I really haven’t been doing a lot of lately.  I am thankful for NaNoWriMo because, even though I think I may be throwing a good story away, at least I am FINALLY writing down that story.  It’s a dirty way of doing it, but I honestly don’t think I’d ever get around to it if it weren’t for the challenge of it.  Some writers I know aren’t participating because they are busy, which I find funny only because the year I finally suck it up & join is the busiest year of my life!  I’m a stay at home mom to three children (two toddlers and a newborn), so it’s not like I have a lot of free time on my hands to write.  But I am good at crunch time and I’m super excited over challenges and dares, so this is just right for me.  I am so thankful for this push because the story I’m writing is important to me.

I’m also thankful for the blogging challenge because I do need to reflect on the good things in my life (and it doesn’t hurt to have another writing exercise on the side).  Not a lot of people know this, but being a mom is stressful!  And when you get into mom-mode, parts of your brain tend to shut down while you read and re-read the same board books and eat the same play food sandwhich for the umpteenth time.  After my children are sent off to bed, I generally flip on the boob-tube or veg out on Facebook.  I turn into mush until I turn in for the night and resign myself to a four hour coma.  I never reflect.  I never just think.  Pondering, philosophizing, wondering, writing used to be some of my favorite things.  They made me feel smart, like I could come up with some answer to some worldly problem or question.  But thinking is work and at the end of a very long day I just don’t want to work anymore.  Motherhood has made me lazy in that sense.  So, yeah, I’m thankful for these challenges because my brain desperately needs the workout.