YIPPEE!!!

 SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION!!!

Yes! I know I seem a little too excited about my kids going back to school, but you don’t realize how much work I DON’T get done during the summer.

I don’t mean regular work, of course I have to go there, but writing. My writing suffers during the dreaded summer months. I’m not the mother of small children, I am the mother of four teenage boys, three that live at home.

When they were younger, I looked forward to summer break. I could feed them when I wanted, put them down for a nap, get a lot of writing done in two hours of nap-time, then they would eat a snack, watch a little Barney (giving me another hour to tie up loose ends), then on with our late afternoon doing family things, they went to bed and I stayed up writing.

NOT NOW! The older they’ve gotten, the more demanding of my time!

They are free to walk around the house (yes! They come in my office telling what I didn’t buy at the store. Hence disturbing me.) They have all sorts of friends beyond the neighborhood where they need to be driven to, so thinking I might get some writing time in, I drive at least one or two of them to their friends. When I get home from that, it never fails that the one left at home now wants to go to his friends….by the time I get them settled all over Northern Kentucky, it’s time to start dinner, fold the laundry I had put in earlier, and walk the dogs (because if I don’t do this important tast, they will poop all over my house.)

Oh! Don’t forget sports! Out of the three, two of them are in year ’round sports. This means morning practices, car pools that need to be coordinated, dinner planning, game travel, etc…I’ve been really good about taking my writing with me. I print it out and do long hand edits because my laptop dies if it’s not plugged in. (Another complaint I have, but I have those three kids at home and one in college, so any new laptop is going to have to wait!)

Sports is the only thing that does save me. I have to take advantage of any time I can get in.

I’m on deadline for HAPPY NEW LIFE (A Grandberry Falls Novel), and I’ve spent the last week running around trying to find the following school supplies:

 ‎3 pack of 200 sheet loose leaf paper, 3 packs of #2 pencils, 3 pack of red ink pens, 3 packs of blue ink pens, 3 packs of 3 different highlighters, 3 packs of colored pencils, 3 packs of scissors, 3 packs graph paper, 3 plastic rule (12″ with in and dm 1/4 in precisions an 1mm precision), 3 packs index cards, 3 five degree protractor, 3 USB flash drives, 3 combination locks, 3 Texas Instrument TI-30 XII calculators, 9 composition notebooks, 15 spiral notebooks, 12 2-pocket folders with holes, 30 2 pocket folders with prongs, 3 pack dry-erase markers, 3 math compasses, 3 3″ 3 ring binders, 3 pack dividers for binders, 2 copies of The Outsiders novel, 1 pack glue sticks, 1 copy of Tangerine novel.

(Ummm…still no laptop because school supplies were a small fortune!)

 Yes! This is the first day of school photo!!! If they would’ve taken a picture of me, I was smilin’!!! I got over 5k words written in the past two days!! My mojo is back!!

Now….I’m not complaining. I LOVE my children to bits and pieces. I would give up writing if I had to for them, but they would never want me to do that. SoI’m  going to find a way, next summer, to get some writing done!

And, my dear husband came home last night with a brand new laptop for me!! LIFE IS GOOD!

A side note: SPLITSVILLE.COM has made Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list!!! It’s now ranked in the #400 in the paid Kindle store, and it got as high at #158. I’m beyond thrilled how well this novel has done. Olivia Davis is so much fun! I can’t wait to get started on the second book in the Olivia Davis Series!! I’ve been published for three months, and I’ve sold a total of 4,255 books!!

Are you glad kids are back in school?

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Quirky creations of a high-class hillbilly writer! Tonya loves to write about fun loving heroines and the crazy situations they get themselves into.

Comments

  1. Taryn Raye says:

    I know the exact emotion you feel about the kids going back to school. I was doing the “I Love what you do for me, School!” jump a little over a week ago when my two went back to school. Like you, I love my kids, but summer creates such a drain on the writing mojo, it’s hard to enjoy it sometimes. Enjoy that new laptop!

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    tonya Reply:

    Thanks, Taryn!! I hope you are enjoying getting back to writing too!!

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  2. Pj Schott says:

    Kind of like being happy to go home again after a fabulous vacation. Comfort in our routines.

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    Tonya Reply:

    PJ, you are so right!! I love my routine! And I just can’t focus when it’s stripped away:))

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  3. My daughter is 4 and this last year she spent 11 months out of 12 in the day care (afternoons only), otherwise I can’t get anything done.

    And congratz on Splitville and Movers and Shakers list!!

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    Tonya Reply:

    Juliana, my kids went to daycare too! But it was while I was working and not taking writing seriously. NOW IM SERIOUS! LOL!!! Have a great day.
    Thanks for the congrats!! I’m beyond thrilled!

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  4. Dru says:

    Congrats on being on the Amazon Movers and Shakers list. WTG on your sales figure.

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    Tonya Reply:

    Thanks, Dru!! So glad you stopped by!!

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  5. ~Sia McKye~ says:

    I hear you on having teen boys and their travel needs. I now understand the little yellow sign I saw everywhere before he was born, MOM’S TAXI

    I love the chunk of quiet time with the house to myself.

    Congrats on your stats, Tonya. You’ve worked hard to achieve that.

    Sia McKye’s Thoughts…OVER COFFEE

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    Tonya Reply:

    Oh, Sia! It’s so strange how I can get so much more done with no one in the house. The quiet, the peace is relaxing.

    Thank you so much for the congrats!! I can’t wait for you to see who is going to be our upcoming Goddess!!!

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  6. LINDA says:

    I know those babies are not any trouble. But i know how excited i was went my Girls went back to school. Vacation are fun but it is always get back into the routine. Wonderful on your book we are so proud of you. XOXOX

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    Tonya Reply:

    HUGS!!! Love you, Linda!!

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  7. D. D. Scott says:

    You go, T!!! What a thrill to share this journey with you!!!

    And ohhh yeahhh, Super T’s mojo is back!!! Look Out!!!

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    Tonya Reply:

    Thanks bunches, DD!

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  8. Jill James says:

    Tonya, so with you on kids going back to school. I remember those days. It was like being released from prison. Oops, I didn’t really say that, did I? LOL It was just so FREEING to be able to do something just for me.

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    Tonya Reply:

    OH< JILL!! You did say it!! THANK YOU!!! I leave them to pieces, but sometimes you just have to have time to yourself. I wouldn't give nothing up for my snuggles though;))

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  9. Lee says:

    Tonya, the summer is a bad writing time for me too. I have my grandkids for at least 3 to 4 days. Poppy helps a lot, but still I’m traveling between their house a hour away to mine. The problem is the same not matter what house were at, they have friends in our neighborhood, which does require me going to those houses, dropping them off visiting, picking them up, and bringing the friend to our house. It seems when they visit I always have a extra mouth at the table, more cooking. Then when teenage grandkids come for a week, it’s the same thing, and I can’t keep up with food!! I’m exhausted by the time summer ends. I’m happy this week I’ll be back in my routine, grandkids are in school, and I’ll have one full free day to write. The other day is spent with SIL, we walk and hike…

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  10. Misa says:

    My kids go back to school Monday! Orientation was yesterday, so they got their feet wet. Oldest is off to college TODAY and we’re all emotional wrecks. Summer is THE WORST time for me to write. I am too fragmented and time is a mess. Looking forward to the routine!

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  11. Janette Harjo says:

    Hey, Tonya!
    congratualtions on all those books sold in the past 3 months! I don’t have any kids on school break. Mine are all grwon and out. Enjoy those kids and all the time they take! You’ll miss this part of your life when it’s gone.

    JH!

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