Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
Like everyone else, I have weeks where I am engaged with my writing, where there is something that approximates a schedule and a sense of regularity…
And then there was today… (Sorry, I’m enjoying this dot thing)
It started at 1AM, then again at 4AM, when my son Ace woke up. I got him settled down, crawled back in bed, then my daughter Sweetpea tagged in to ensure I would be a zombie in the office. She’s sleeping in her big girl bed, and thinks that 5AM is a great time to start the day.
I convince her to stay in bed until 6AM and play with the new Rarity pony that Daddy got her when they were shopping this weekend. I curl up on a corner of her bed and desperately try to sleep, but only manage to give myself a sore neck from Sweetpea’s too thin pillow.
No need to describe getting everyone out the door for work and school. Let’s just call it organized chaos. On the way to Ace’s daycare, I fantasize about taking a nap in my car at lunch. One hour of no one waking up or crying or talking or wanting more juice. It will be heaven.
After I ring the doorbell at the daycare for the third time, I remember that they are closed until noon today. Crap. I look down at Ace in his car seat. He gives me a big, gummy smile. I sigh and call my manager, who is super awesome and says I can work from home. I turn around and drive back to the house.
I have already done a 180 degree turn today, and it’s only 8AM…
This brings me to my point — you can’t predict what the day will bring. Write while you can. I normally write on my lunch hour, but I was going to give that up for the sake of my sanity. That didn’t even happen as I was dropping Ace off and driving to the office when I had planned to sleep.
I want to write more. I really want to get this novel finished. This time I’m serious.
Do you ever feel that way? Is the universe conspiring to stop you from realizing your dream too? How do you manage to get words on the page (or whatever else that’s important to you)?
Also, I ran across a couple of lists I thought you might enjoy.