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WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?

Posted on: March 4, 2010

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I just realized after I posted this that I got the quote wrong. That is how it has been for me, this year at least. It’s fast and furious.

I’m busier than I have ever been before. Of course, most of it is stuff I brought on myself. It’s a fine line balancing a personal life and a writing life and sometimes I have a tendency to want to do both extremely well at the same time.

On the personal front:

Helping to raise kids means dealing with the stuff that comes up in every day situations like getting homework done, or having friends over, or making sure they have clean clothes, etc. It means I have to teach them to pick up after themselves so that they, the two boys, aren’t total slobs. I tell them someday their girlfriends and wives will thank them and me but that doesn’t mean they believe me. They’re only 9 and 11, after all. The good news is they are more helpful than I had thought they would be.

They have challenges that make consistency a must. The older of the two has ADD and the youngest has Aspergers. Helping a sibling with raising his sons is doable but does require patience and lots of planning at times. I’m on a first name basis with most of the teachers, secretaries and other school personnel. I have a huge wall calendar that holds all of the upcoming events. I get emails on a daily basis from the school so that I can track grades, etc. The good news is the boys are doing well.

On the writing front:

Then, there is the uphill struggle to have a writing career. I’m determined to do it but the road has been a long and winding one.

I love writing so that part is the easy part for me. The hard part is chiseling out time for writing. I need time to read, research and write my own stories and books. I need time to find articles, tips, blogsites to recommend and people to interview.  The good news is I have never needed a lot of sleep so project are getting done.

All these add their own extra work. For example, once I find people to interview, there’s research on the person, interview questions to write and revise, photos to locate and getting the pull-together interview posted. The good news is that I have several interviews lined up for the next few months.

I’m involved in three critique groups and they take time. I want to give as good as I get if not more. The good news is that I’m the type of person who needs a deadline and there are plenty of those in these groups. The other good news that I’m encouraged to submit my work and am getting it accepted.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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