Birthday Lights

Today I’m 40, and I’m none too happy about it.  But to make myself a little happier, I put up orange Halloween lights in my little writing corner.  I’m pretty sure they’ll be up long after Halloween is over, and after I’ve gotten used to being 40.


Writing, Life, and Your Day Job

1. Raise your hand if you recently woke up, struggling to push the September calendar off your face? Summer just snuck off and left me with lunches to pack, and kids to haul around to ballet, tap, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, soccer practice, and healthy dinners to plan and make and try to eat between all those activities I signed my kids up for. I look at it and I’m tired already. Plus I’ll be 40 this month. Oh yeah, and I am back at work.

 As a teacher, I had two glorious months off for summer.  Did I write daily?  Did I finish my WIP?  Nope.  I committed to spending more time with my babies, and wrote a little at night.  I wasted a lot of my late evenings fighting my addiction to popcorn with parmesan on it, and movies On Demand.  But all summer I longed for my normal, comfy writing time–the two hour window from when I get home from work and the kids get home from school. But I look at the week ahead and wonder when the heck I’ll get back to my characters. Sorry for griping, I mean I do love my job, and I am the only one to blame for my kids having evening activities. How do you manage writing, life, and your day job? I’m curious to see where it fits into your schedule.

 2. Speaking of lunches, don’t you hate packing them for work or school? I rarely let my kids buy school lunch because it gets expensive and they serve too much processed food. On TV the other night, the news had a story about a business in Seattle that makes and delivers healthy lunches to school for your child. Fantazimo What a cool idea! I also found out I went to high school with the couple. They started this because of their son having Celiac disease.

 3. The teacher store I shop at is also an Indie bookstore. While I was there the other day, a new book caught my eye. And really, how could it not?  Fat Vampire by Adam Rex. I’ve heard about this book and I love the cover, but I don’t think I’ll look at the Icees I get my kids every time we go to Target quite the same way ever again!

4. Speaking of Target, off I go.  We’re out of school lunch snacks and toothpaste, and 3 things from my son’s school supply list I forgot to buy.

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