Behind the Curtain
Did you know authors have lives? We don't get to just sit behind our computers all day and explore new worlds and characters. Okay, maybe some do, but I don't.
First, I'm a mom and a wife.
Today is the first day of school. My husband works across town, and he's already left for the day. So I'm trying to get lunches coordinated, get my kids ready to make first impressions, and keep myself together. (Yes, I sat down for a moment to blog, but my brain needed the processing time.)
Secondly, I have a full-time job. I am dedicated to what happens there, and I love my work. The team of people I work with is amazing. As soon as the kids are delivered, I'm off to my place of employment.
After that, I am a volunteer for a local writing organization. I've recently stepped into a role that is pretty awesome, but it will involve some work to get launched. I'm looking forward to that, and again...the folks there are wonderful to work with.
When I can, I squeeze in the writing. I know it should be my priority. I know it's important to write a little each day. But life happens. When it slows down, I can slow down and go back to my worlds. That's how I used to do it as a stay-at-home mom--naptimes and bedtimes. I just have to be more intentional about chasing those times.
Authors are people, too. We're all just trying to get by, living each moment as it's given. I wouldn't trade one aspect, though. I'm grateful for all the things I get to do.
But sometimes, I wish I could turn off my brain.
8/17/2015 12:22:10 am
Yes! Too true! I used to be a Christian radio personality and elementary school teacher, juggling a freelance writing career on the side. I thought quitting my "day jobs" would give me so much more time to write. I think that's been one of the biggest disappointments of my life -- LOL! Because I still have all kinds of bills and laundry and errands to do, family commitments, church commitments, a million and one things... and being self-employed as a writer and speaker comes with its own laundry-list of administrative responsibilities. I don't have a secretary to make phone calls, respond to emails, or handle paperwork for me. I still have to be really intentional to find time to write. But at least I get to work in my pajamas -- most days :)
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