Too many to-dos

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

It's going to be a tough one today. I have 11 things on my to-do list and not near enough time since I have to work both today and tonight.

I'm working from home today. My first task is to sort out my work emails. I haven't even looked at work email since last April when I went on maternity. Almost a year. I think I'll have more than a few messages to read and delete. Oh, and I have two separate work emails. God only knows how long that task will take me!

I have seriously fallen off of the 100k writing challenge wagon. There's just so much more to do! I am in the midst of writing dance technique and stunt training lessons, which will likely become books, so I may claim that. No one said it had to be fiction to count. It's better than nothing, right?

So, that's my day. Work, work, and more work. I'll finish just after 9 tonight. If I finish, that is. It's just as likely ill be at home after 9 scurrying to cross off more to-dos. At least I can cross off one already-- this blog post! And maybe the extra writing work will allow me to at least hit the halfway mark on the challenge. I've long since given up the idea of making it to 100k. I guess I'll get out of bed now.

Happy Hump Day!

Mommy Madness

Monday, 25 February 2013

It has been a trying day. Bug has a whopper of a cold, we were up past one this morning, and I've worked non-stop today. I'm writing this from bed and I can't wait to sign off and try to catch a little sleep before the next screaming, coughing episode.

I am making my volunteer coaching job into a part time job to make ends meet, so I spend most days buried in paperwork. Also tomorrow I am back to the real job (after a week off for half term) and I am dreading it. There are so many things I need to do still; so many things I want to do-- like write! I haven't managed much writing in the last month. I am way behind on the 100k challenge. But right now all I want to do is sleep. After all, I'll probably be up with the baby again real soon.

Night all!

My Muse is Drunk....

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

...or on drugs, or something like that. Or maybe she just likes to toy with me. I have loads of overdue to-do's on my to-do app (seriously, the only way I am able to get ANYTHING done in my crazy, over-worked life) which pertain to writing scenes for Valentine Bride, but suddenly I am struck with the need to write The Bee Keeper instead! 

Of course, I don't have the energy for a load of writing at the moment since I am turning the volunteer job of coaching 3 cheer teams into a real job coaching 4 cheer teams and 4 dance teams (yikes!). When I'm not recruiting, I'm choreographing, or doing accounting, or some other 'business-y' task. Or working the real job. Or looking after the monsters.

But here it is. I want to write VB, well, maybe want is a bit strong. I should write VB, but I have a spark for TBK for the first time in ages. I decided a couple of days ago to run with that spark and I've made a little progress with TBK, so I guess I'll keep with it until the flame goes out. Or I may use it as a reward for forcing myself to get on with VB. I don't know. I'm too tired to make such decisions now after coaching over 40 cheerleaders in the space of 2 1/2 hours. I'm just going to grab whichever is closest and get to it. At least I'm writing. :-)

Happy writing, everyone!

Half Term Hell

Monday, 18 February 2013

I love my little monsters. I really do, honestly. But it only takes one day of no school to drive me insane. And today Is day two of half term.

To be fair, they haven't been horrible, it's just that as soon as I get one fed, the other needs something. I don't get a minute to get anything done. Plus there is so much to do these days! The sleepless nights and real job combination is kicking my ass.

But this is the way it goes. I want to write, but I could just as soon go to bed. The muse seems to be keeping the same schedule as the sandman these days. And so, I'm going to go see if I can get a couple hundred words down before I'm flat out. That'll be a struggle tonight.

Happy Monday!!

Bows and bedtime

Friday, 15 February 2013

I am really too tired to post today. And I'm angry with DH, who neglected to even mention Valentine's Day this year. I'm taking him to dinner on Sunday and only asked him to pay the sitter, so I wasn't expecting a gift, but a 'Happy Valentine's Day' would've been nice. And that is only the tip of the iceberg. So rather than spend my post bitching, I'm going to keep it short.

I've been catapulted into a new business venture this past week (long story, but it makes me happy) so I've spent the week making bows for Southern Bug Bows (there's a Facebook page and I'm working on a web site). It has kept me from writing for a while. Well, that and the real job, kids, cheer... The list is 4 miles long. But I've enjoyed it. And tonight I wrote a scene for my WIP-- just over 1200 words! Now, let's see if I can catch up. But first, bed. It's been a long day.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Too little time...

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

As per the norm, I am behind on my writing. Surprise, surprise. I haven't had a coherent moment outside of the real job, the want-to-be real job, the new craft business, and being mommy. And tomorrow I am back in theatre, so it isn't likely that I'll get any done then. Maybe tomorrow night if I'm not dead from work and kids. It would be fitting to get back to it tomorrow, since the WIP in question is Valentine Bride. Yeah maybe then.

Tonight I feel like I've been hit by a train full of 10 year olds. Cheer was great, but we held a registration event tonight and I am dead. It was good, but a lot of work. I'm even too tired to make bows even though I have new St. Patrick's Day ribbon. That's how you know I'm beat. So I'm going to sleep now. Night all!

Making up for Monday

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

This is another quickie. I'm writing in the car while waiting to drop off Hunter at school. My neighbour-- the super duper marketer and business woman-- took my idea of a bow shop and turned it into a business for me. I made a couple of cute Valentine's Day bows thinking I'd sell a few and she has me stocking her shop and has lined up some orders for me!

So yesterday was spent bow making. And a good portion of today will be spent finishing up orders. I also need to do loads for cheer since we have this massive event planned for tomorrow. So as much as I need to catch up on writing, the money-making 'hobbies' will have to come first today.

I hate that I have to choose between what I want to do and what I have to do, but today there's really no other choice. I see all of these quotes about how if you want to write you will find time. Today I have to work, take Bug to two doctor's appointments, pick up Hunter from school, finish the bows, and coach from 5-10. I don't know how I'll get all of that done, let alone anything else.

So what about you? Do you have to chose between writing and work? What do you give up to write?

Friday? Where?

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Yesterday was such a blur, I honestly don't know where it went. All I know is that I spent a fair bit of money on ribbons. Which, of course, made me very happy.

Tomorrow I'm going to start using some of them. At the very least, Scarlett needs some Valentine Bows for this week. I would have loved to make some today, but first I had to organise my stash and that has taken days. In fact, I'm still not really done with it. The idea is to make bows for Bug and then put pictures on a web site to sell some. But I can't even come up with a good business name right now.

That's a problem for another time. I've just put the baby to bed and since it's the weekend Hunter will be up a while yet, but after I finish this post, I plan to fix myself a cup of tea, wait patiently for the brownies DH just put in the oven, and get back to Valentine Bride. I am so far behind my targets for it (and even further behind on the 100k challenge) that I really need to light a fire under my...

I have kept up mostly with the notes. I've plotted out 2 1/2 of 4 scenes. First up I'm going to finish plotting that third scene then start writing! Because right now, the exhaustion of the day hasn't set in and with enough caffeine and chocolate I can get through at least one, maybe two, scenes.

Off to write I go!

Not-Really-Writing Wednesday

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

This will be another short post. Sorry, but I've got a lot on my mind these days. I start work again tomorrow and I'm still trying to figure out how the hell I'm going to make the extra money I need to make ends meet. To that end, I'm considering a crafty 'side business' to pick up a few extra pounds and still get to use my crafty side. Of course, I wish I could make the money I need writing, but I don't think that's going to happen fast enough to help me now. Not that I ever really expected it would. I know it takes time.

I have a load of writing tasks to do, but I'm struggling. I just have no desire to write today. I swear, I do have the desire and drive to write, just not today. Today all I can think of is the ridiculously high phone bill I have managed to run up (I seriously do not know how) and swimming fees and gas and everything else that I have to pay. I'm too wrapped up in ways to make money to get wrapped up in my writing.

But in not going to give up. I just might have to give myself a break today. It seems like I need to re-charge. I think after running my afternoon errands (which all have to be done between 3 & 4:30) and coaching 5-9pm I may come home and snuggle on the couch with my hubby to watch a show. I can't remember the last time I did that. Maybe adding a little romance to my Wednesday night will spark some Thursday night romance writing.

Happy writing, or snuggling, everyone!

The end is near...

Monday, 4 February 2013

I go back to work on Thursday. After over 10 months. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't dreading it. I have grown so accustomed to the stay-at-home-mommy thing. I hate the idea of going back to working and trying to squeeze time in for all of the things I need to do.

I'm only going back part time, but still... I have learned over the last ten months that my children and house are full time plus! Hunter's extra targets and homework, Scarlett's appointments and sleepless nights, just trying to keep dog fur off of the floor-- I don't know how I'll find time for much else.

Last night, after being woken for a fifth time by the little princess, I decided to make a new schedule on a spreadsheet. If you know me well, you'll know that I am stupidly obsessed with organisation. I added everything I want to accomplish in a week, and everything I have no choice but accomplish. It's all there: yoga, writing, work, cheer, running, and a million other things.

On paper it looks totally doable. Of course, it also means getting up at 6 on the weekdays. Which I wanted to do today, but since I was up at five with the baby (and multiple times before then), I was desperate for just a little more time. I've violated my new schedule already. On day one.

I tried to get all of my work done today anyway. I've done well enough. I mean, I'm still behind on yesterday's to-dos, but whatever. Would you believe a friend thought to remind me this weekend that I am not superwoman. Really? As if I had any delusions after the stupid shit I've done lately, lol. ;-)

Well, I'm off to start my never-ending game of catch up. Here's to a productive week for us all. Happy Monday!

Still in the game...

Friday, 1 February 2013

Well, I wasn't one of the four picked in Donna Alward's pitch contest. I never really expected I would be. I mean she had 103 pitches. I only entered in the hope of getting a little feedback and she has promised individual feedback for each of us, so I am anxiously awaiting that. That is enough of a prize after receiving my first form rejection last month.

Just a few minutes ago I mapped out a schedule for finishing Valentine Bride, so I'm pressing ahead nonetheless. If I can keep myself motivated and keep life from getting in the way (always a problem for me) I should be able to finish it by the end of February. Then I'm going to take a couple of weeks to edit it before sending it out. And start on the next one!

Late last year I worked out a schedule which would presumably produce four books a year (my goal and a trait highly desired by publishers). The head start I have on VB means that even thought I have only just started back on it, I can still make that schedule if I work hard enough. I'm going to give it my best. I honestly have no idea what the next few weeks will be like now that my maternity leave is over. I officially go back to work next Thursday. :-(

So this Friday, rather than have fun I have worked myself silly. I have spent the morning working on cheer stuff. I need to make a part time wage out of it now, so today I ordered 5000 leaflets, made 73 phone calls, and sent 48 emails. Seriously. But tonight is family movie night which means a take away, so no cooking, and once the kids are in bed I plan to get writing!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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