Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
This feels like I am discussing writing while under the influence instead of just being pregnant, but there isn’t really any “just” being pregnant. I haven’t been blogging much, and this is the primary reason why. I’m not going to make excuses because it was my choice, but an update on this crazy writing thing would probably be good.
Writing while pregnant has been tough for me. You get this “awesome” hormone cocktail coursing through your veins for nine months, which has made it challenging to get my head in the right place to write. While writing is an organic and creative process, I usually approach it from the logical side, and all the extra hormones and emotions get in the way. (Trying to explain why you have a blank page and are crying because the idea in your head is just soooo beautiful does not reassure your family members. Maybe this is why people think writers are a bit batty.)
Challenge number two is staying awake. I have a full-time job, a busy three-year-old, and a husband I try to spend time with, but my body is also creating life in here. (Look, what are you doing with your spare time?) Sleeping instead of staying up late to write is another choice I have had to make. This summer, I tried to write after Sweetpea went to bed, but based on the number of time I almost fell out of the chair, it was unanimously decided that was not the best idea I’ve ever had.
Getting the house ready for Thing Two has also taken up some time more recently. Digging out Sweetpea’s baby stuff, putting away other toddler stuff, and just making room for two eats into evenings and weekends. Also, Sweetpea has opted out of naptime at home (but still does it at preschool, no fair!). All attempts at negotiation have failed, even when offers of chocolate cake and banana ice cream were brought to the bargaining table.
On a related note regarding conversations with the toddler set, I find these videos to be hysterical. If you have not experienced the joy of discourse with a two- or three-year-old, you will find yourself saying things that:
A) Are covered under the Laws of Nature;
B) Have already been addressed in a dozen previous conversations;
C) Are conversations two humans have never had before;
D) Or border on Stockholm Syndrome responses.
Also, I am looking for a good science fiction and fantasy writing group in Atlanta. Preferably, I’d like to find a group that meets often, weekly or biweekly.
I know I said I was serious about this writing thing last year, and it’s still true. However, I have realized there is only so far I can take myself before I need the critical input of other writers. Additionally, I do better with face-to-face time than back-and-forths over gmail.
So if you know of a good group, or are interested and in metro ATL, feel free to comment below or drop me a line.