Writing Part Time With Family and A Day Job
This month I have not just one but three releases. Two erotic romances by Ashley Ladd and one sweet romance by my alter ego. I also have a revision to do.
That feels like a lot on my plate. Not only do I have a lot of promo to do but I have to do it for two different names. It's confusing to remember who I am every time I write an email or post. Occasionally I've signed the wrong name. Oops!
If that was all I had to worry about, it might not be too bad. But I also have a full time day job (for which I work a lot of overtime) and I have a big family still at home. My youngest two are in their teens so I don't have to worry about diapers and my kids help a lot around the house.
As blessed as I am to have their help and as much as it helps me, they still want and need a lot of attention.
Last week, my younger daughter got upset with me as I was writing. She started crying because she wanted my undivided attention. It wasn't sufficient this time that we were together at Borders, sharing the same table as I wrote and she read. She wanted to do something else, something that didn't include my books, my computer, my pen and paper.
I was already stressing that I had a lot to do and I was behind. I was doing my best to set up a blog tour, answer interview questions, fill out a cover art request form, and hoped to start the revision. As of the time I'm writing this, I haven't been able to touch the revision.
I KNOW I'll look back at this time and wish it were back. When my daughter's grown and perhaps married and moved away. When the rest of my family is also gone. When I'm all alone except perhaps for my husband and the day job. Knowing that, I packed up the computer and said goodbye to it for the day. I spent the weekend with my kids having fun. My editor has children of her own so I'm sure she'll understand if my revision is a couple days later than usual. Our kids won't stay young forever, our loved ones may not be with us forever, either.