Monday, May 26, 2014

Never enough time...except for right now

Given the holiday weekend, I gave myself some time to relax and am only now getting around to writing this blog.  Whoops.  I do have a good excuse though, which is that I’ve actually been using my time for writing!  How novel of me.  Ha, ha--get it?

 Every book, blog and writer who has ever given advice says that if you want to be a writer then you need to WRITE. Every day.  That’s definitely easier said than done for me.  Usually my days either consist of being with my son (which is awesome but doesn’t allow for much “me time”) or teaching/grading/emailing.  Sometimes I can carve out a little time during naps or in the evening, but that’s always at the expense of something else I’d like to be doing (i.e. watching TV, reading, or sleeping).  Now, I’m not complaining about all this.  I’m very lucky to have a schedule that allows me to get any writing time in, given that I work and have a young family.  But still, sometimes during the school year I get a little sad about how little time I really have to devote to writing.

So, you can imagine how excited I am that I’m currently in the middle of a 6 week vacation between spring and summer semesters.  I’ve been waiting for this since, well, last year when I was on break!  I’m really trying to take advantage of it this year. In fact, one day last week I had my son at the babysitters and I had an entire day to write. An ENTIRE day…wha?? No laundry, no cleaning, no gardening, no school work.  Just a whole day to write to my heart’s content.  That was exhilarating—and crazy daunting. At least with my usual schedule I have an excuse when I’m unproductive: Oh, I just don’t have enough time to really get into the mood for writing.  It’s a lot harder to rationalize things when the hours are stretching in front of me. So far, I’ve been doing pretty well in that arena though and hopefully I can finish strong.  So, if I run a little behind in my blogging in the next couple of weeks, at least I have a good excuse.
I’m writing. 

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