I'm a teacher by trade, and also an independent novelist, but sometimes my job makes me so tired that I have days where I don't have time (or am too tired from the job) to crank out any words. However, this weekend is a Godsend. School has been cancelled for Thursday and Friday, and it looks like the ice under this four inches of snow (so far) will keep us locked in the house for a few days more.
My kids have plenty to do, with Axis and Allies, Risk 2210, Heroscape, and later I'll take them on a journey through the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. Out come the books and they go to making characters for their adventure. Meanwhile I have plenty of time to crack open my latest novel Come Apart, and get busy editing it since I have purposefully not looked at it in over a week.
I should be able to get a great chunk of it edited this weekend between the movie marathons and the fun times with my children. I have my bedroom where I can retire to work with the door shut for a few hours per day, and it should work out fine.
It is a difficult thing balancing work and a writing career (which is a full time job in itself). What types of coping mechanisms do you have, oh reader? How do you balance a full time job and a family and a writing obsession? Post below, because I don't have all the answers.
- Axis And Allies Pacific 1940 (mikasol.wordpress.com)
- High school gets rid of snow days thanks to e-learning (fox2now.com)
- The Novelist juggles career and family on December 10 (joystiq.com)