Monthly Archives: August 2012

Creative Housekeeping

This could otherwise be titled Things That Suddenly Needed to Be Done in the Exact Same Room Where My Teenage Daughter Just Happened to Be Hanging Out With Her New Boyfriend Watching a Movie.  Yeah, because that’s the stuff I did.  I did a LOT of miscellaneous  housekeeping activities this afternoon, because of course, I would not ever want it to appear that I did not have trust in my daughter.  I do not, however, place that much trust in the raging hormones of teenage boys.  Thus, while they were enjoying their movie, I needed to:

  • Deliver laundry.
  • Drop off stray shoes.
  • Send the little brothers down with snacks.  Ok, a LOT of snacks.  The teenaged lovebirds might end up being obese, but I won’t end up being a grandma.  Score one for me.
  • Dust the hand railing.
  • Vacuum the stairs.
  • Deliver more laundry.  My kid now has more clean laundry than she’s had in weeks, merely because she had a boy over at the house.  Don’t get used to it, kid.
  • Drop off cat food.
  • Sweep floor immediately above room where they were located.  (Simultaneously participate in auditory recon.  Yeah, I spied on them.)

And FINALLY the boy had to leave for drum line practice.  Thank God, because that was more house work than I’d done in weeks.  I’m exhausted, and tomorrow I’m going to need a long nap to recover from the exertion I’ve had to expend just getting two teenagers with raging hormones to keep their hands off each other.  If he’d stayed much longer, I was going to have to get a housekeeper or something, because this pace simply cannot be maintained.

In the meantime, I’m off to dirty up the house a bit so that I’ll have some things to clean the next time he comes over.  Gotta make this operation look legit, you know.

So Busy

I’ve been really, really busy.  So busy, in fact, that I’ve had to compile a sample daily schedule to keep track of all the ways I have been overly productive.  I mean, really, not to brag, but after you read my schedule, you, too, will think that I am nothing short of the Wonder Woman of Writing.  (Fair warning: Sarcasm abounds around these here parts.)

While making my list, I also added in some handy-dandy justifications for how each of these activities is helping me to further my at-home writing career.  It is my hope that, should you decide to take up this career path, this little list will be a helpful reference.  Feel free to get creative with your justifications and excuses, as that is also a way to expand your creativity.

Here’s a sample daily schedule:

8:00 a.m.—Send kids to school.   (Things were going on prior to 8:00 a.m., but I’m thinking you don’t necessarily need to know about combing the tangles out of hair and packing lunches, although it is quite riveting.)

8:30 a.m.—Decide between PopTarts and cereal for breakfast.  If I’m actually trying to work, I’ll choose the PopTarts because of the ease of eating them over the keyboard.  However, usually it’s cereal, because I’m usually watching CNN and calling it research.

9:00 a.m.—Fire up laptop and check email.  In case I am being recruited by an amazing publisher or agent, I need to know this immediately.  Also, check sale ads and discounts and any other emails that might be waiting for me.

9:30 a.m.—Check facebook.  As a writer, it’s necessary to stay up-to-date and in touch with one’s friends.  We tend to get a little troll-ish, so maintaining social contacts is essential.

10:00 a.m.—Open Word.  Stare at a blank screen and decide whether or not to begin something new or continue with what I’ve already been working on.

10:15 a.m.—Open book-in-progress.  Read last chapter written.  Cry and eat cookies and re-write what I did the day before.

11:00 a.m.—Scroll to beginning of new chapter and begin plotting.  Realize that I probably need to watch more episodes of Snapped or Investigation Discovery shows in order to come up with evil plots.

11:30 a.m.—Berate self for eating cookies for breakfast dessert, and make plan to add healthy activities and workouts into my day.

12:00 p.m.—Eat lunch and debate eating more cookies.  Opt for ice cream instead.  (After all, dairy HAS to be slightly healthier than cookies, right?)

12:30 p.m.—Participate in semi-conscious concepting session.  (Also known as ‘a nap.’)

2:00 p.m.—Realize I haven’t actually accomplished anything and that soon the kids will be home from school.  Crap.

2:10 p.m.—Get laptop again and decide to blog, hoping that inspiration for my book will soon follow.

2:30 p.m.—First kid gets home from school.

2:40 p.m.—Frantically type SOMETHING-FOR-THE-LOVE-OF-ALL-THAT-IS-HOLY!  Wonder how I have lost an entire day without writing anything substantial.

3:00 p.m.—Decide that tomorrow will be different.  And maybe I’ll even stay up late to write after the kids go to bed.  Yep, that’s the plan.  For sure.

3:30 p.m.—Post blog and get ready for the rest of the kids to get home.

So you see, no problem at all.  I’ve got this whole writer-on-the-loose thing down.  However, I may need to work on the discipline.  And I may also need to rid the house of cookies lest I be featured on one of those shows about gigantic bridge trolls who have to be cut out of their houses by the Jaws of Life and taken to the hospital via mobile crane.  Fabulous.  Ok, I promise to write Chapter 23 tomorrow.  For sure.