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!)
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?