Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

That Kind of Weekend

It’s just been that kind of weekend. The air conditioner is on the fritz, the handle on one of the toilets broke, I destroyed a sweater in the wash, and Sweetpea thought Grandpa’s new car was a great place to draw on with a rock. I’m looking forward to Monday when I can go to work, be supervised by others, and if I break something, it’s their problem.

Still, I enjoyed most of my weekend. The lack of AC encouraged me to sit outside, enjoy flowers in my backyard, and read a book (Skin Game if you want to know). Fixing the toilet handle worked out because we were planning to replace the seat anyway. I am sorry about the sweater since it wasn’t mine (and no, it wasn’t so offensive that I sabotaged it on purpose.), but at least there is room in the closet for new stuff in the fall. There really isn’t an upside to my daughter’s behavior about the car. Grammy put the fear of God in her, and I believe Sweetpea’s days of auto vandalism have been brought to an end.

Also borrowed from the internet.

Not my backyard (borrowed from the internet).

I didn’t get much writing done, but I did find the stories about the dolls I mentioned in my post Friday. I’d love to share them except they aren’t really stories. At best, they are vignettes, exploring the world and the characters, but mostly lacking in plot. There’s nothing moving the action from point A to point B, which is probably why there are so many stories but are all lacking in cohesion. If I have time (ha ha ha!), it would be fun to develop a plotline to link them together, a la Charles de Lint.

So what are my writing plans for the week? I want to get a good edit done on Life of a Foundry Moth so that I can share it with some beta readers. I think it is time for some outside perspective. Another chapter of The Dreamless City is my other goal for the week. I think that is enough on my plate, don’t you? Oh yeah, and get the air conditioner fixed too. ;)

5 comments on “That Kind of Weekend

  1. ericjbaker
    June 1, 2014

    Grandchildren have a way of getting a slap on the wrist for committing offenses that would get the rest of us sent to Alcatraz. We joke in my family that if our kids asked their grandmother for matches to burn the house down, she’d light if for them so they don’t hurt their precious little fingers.

    • tracycembor
      June 10, 2014

      Gosh yes! Grandma has literally fed Sweetpea cupcakes and popcorn for dinner. I don’t recall that being on the menu when I was growing up. She also lets my daughter stay up waaaay past her bedtime so that everyone will sleep in the next morning. And no bath time too. So when my daughter comes home, Sweetpea is a hungry, tired, sticky mess that I have the joy of sorting out.

      • ericjbaker
        June 10, 2014

        And don’t dare scold your child in front of Grandma. You will see the personification of the word “enabler.”

  2. vlsperry
    June 2, 2014

    Your first paragraph made me laugh out loud! I had weekends like that when my kids were young…. Come to think of it, my 18-year-old son did several boneheaded things last week that required patience and humor (and a death threat) from me.

    In other words, parenting is a marathon, not a sprint.

    • tracycembor
      June 10, 2014

      Some days are such a train wreck that all you can do is laugh. I’ll try to remember to pace myself with this parenting gig.

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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