How I’m Pressing Forward

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My baby, at eighteen months old, is going through a phase where he wakes up at around 5:30 and wants to nurse for about forty minutes before getting up for the day Kimmy Schmidt-style, bright-eyed, fresh, and ready to enjoy every second of his morning.
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I wish I could say that waking up is as easy for me as it is for him, but once I’m up and at ‘em, I’m usually excited too. Every day means lots and lots of work, but it’s all work I truly have fun doing. I raise my children, I work part-time to help my husband with our biohacking center, OsteoStrong, and I write books. 

 

Have you ever heard the phrase, “If you want something done, ask  busy person?” That’s how I feel my life is right now. I’m a parent, so I have made peace with the fact that I don’t have free time anymore, but it’s not really a detriment—in fact, it’s the best thing ever. By that, I mean that I don’t watch TV, I don’t go out for happy hour, and I don’t scroll on my phone unless I’m nursing (if I am nursing, though, I’m all HELLOOOOO TWITTER). My husband and I are both fiercely protective of our time—both our time together, as a family, and each other’s work time—and so, even though lots of times we look more like a three-ring circus than a young family, it works. 

 I only spend about one hour a day on writing, but I’ve found that that’s enough time for me to crank out a clean 1000 words or revise one chapter. It’s not much, but the hours add up over weeks and months, and if I’m disciplined about it, I have a completed manuscript in the course of about three months. 

With life this full, there’s no way I’d keep writing if I wasn’t working on books that really matter to me. I’m querying a couple of books right now–a YA (young adult) and a MG (middle grade) and I’m open to catching another book idea out of the air (I think that’s how creativity works, but who knows?) whenever one wants to come. And you better believe I’ll commit a focused hour a day on it with the same enthusiasm as a full-bellied toddler before sunrise, because if I love doing it, why not?  

So maybe I’ll find someone who understands what what I’m trying to say and will help me navigate traditional publishing.

And maybe I won’t.

Maybe the next book I publish will be three books from now.

 But stopping isn’t going to speed up the process—I love writing stories, and I intend to continue on with this life for as long as I can.

1 thought on “How I’m Pressing Forward

  1. Your writings so much. I found a big note book full of your previous posts and in that box was many, many E-mails you had written to your Pappy and me from the time you were in elemtary school/ What happiness it brought to me to read them and the pictures on each one. We were so blessed then and I am so blessed now to have lived to see these books you have written and the talented, creative writer that you are. On to another subject. I hope you all survived this frigid, winter temps. We have had to endure. I sure hope this will be last of such icy cold for the winter of 2019. I think of you very often and pray for you and my Great grandsons every day. I love you very much. Nanny

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