The last six months or so have been seriously productive and positive for me. I have had actual paid articles published by actual national magazines, and I have a good idea of the direction I want my writing to go in. (Grammar Police! Do you know I still have to psych myself up to end a sentence with a preposition? In fact, that whole sentence should be re-written but this is MY blog so I won't. Ha!)
Where was I?
I am hoping to have my two children's books illustrated by the end of the year. I have had that thought before, but I am saying it here: Somehow, I will make the SPACE to do this. Having no studio is a good excuse, but excuses are for wusses. Right, Sharon? :)
Now, I have a regular job and my majorly mind-boggling challenge is how to hold on to that creative and disciplined mind set and KEEP WRITING even though I haven't got those handy hours when the boys leave for school. I am a morning person and find that if I work at night, I am not as focussed. Working late at night on a regular basis also makes me less sparky during the day and turns me into a morning grouch, although I can pull a few late night deadline-meeting work sessions if needed.
Clearly, what I need to do is get up earlier and write before the household gets up. Which means that you might find me here regularly again, musing over my morning chai. Having Grammar Police moments. Talking to my sparrows, who are cross again because the last time we hung the bird feeder, it was too close to a branch and the naughty pigeons spent a happy few days gobbling up all of the bird seed and chasing the smaller birds away. We refilled the feeder this morning and hung it sensibly at the end of a skinny branch, so cheer up sparrows! And Spring is coming! The tree is sprouting tiny green leaflets, and Chas and I have had a happy morning servicing bikes in the sun. I don't know why anyone makes new years' resolutions in January, I advise mulling it over until Spring and then taking action then.
How do you make the time to work, if you do work at home? Share your tips!
Photo of Samwise, by Chas Sheppard