Sunday, December 14, 2008

Everything will be better in 2009...

I have been struggling of late with this writing thing. Its hard work, there are other things to do which make more money, what can I do to introduce people to my books, oh-my-goodness there are my children to feed and wash uniforms clean for school for and take to physio appointments and drop off for social engagements and look my head fell off. Again. And then there's the little matter of trying to sell new work. Its been slow going this year although I take a little comfort from thinking I am not the only author experiencing these things. I have so far bought only one christmas present although secret santa has reared his annoying little head and I get to buy something cunning and spectacular for $5 or less for a child I don't know in one of my children's classes. Yay! But not really. Then there's shared lunches, 'Mum it says I have to bring a plate, but no nuts, or sugar or anything that might make us energetic or excited, and nothing shop bought and...a bottle of water? Okay Mum.' At least school finishes for all three of them on wednesday but this is one of those blessings and curses all in one. There will be chocolate but lets not talk about the waist line.

So writing is being partly avoided and partly neglected. Its my core business and when writing is going well it makes me happy. I have given up on getting it sorted in 2008. Poor old 2009. A lot is expected of it already and it hasn't even started yet. Now I'm off to test what the low petrol warning light in the car actually means. Wish me luck.


Fifi Colston said...

just finished Jack the Viking- what a great read! I'd like to send my own son back to viking times and let him get over himself! He'd die in the first page though.
Keep it up Melinda!
xx Fifi

The Scarlet Tree said...

I don't know how people manage with children either. I'm just plodding only over here...I havn't even managed to send anything away yet!

Melinda Szymanik said...

It is a little known fact that small children interrupt the space/time continuum making time go faster thereby removing opportunity for other activites. If you feel like you are on a fast train with writing whizzing by in the scenery outside its because the c in the theory of relativity's e=mc2 actually stands for children. However time does eventually return to its normal speed and there comes a point if you are a writer for children where you can extract revenge by stealing parts of your children's conversations wholesale thereby ensuring authenticity in the dialogue of your stories.

Fifi - so pleased you liked Jack! How did your Honey's launch go (although I am still hoping there is one left for me!)?


Fifi Colston said...

You might be in luck- there are 4 left at this point in time. See you in January and I will take you for coffee/wine/chocolate (all three at three different great places- it will be a writers version of a pub crawl.