When blogging is a distraction from writing.

It is time.  I’ve been hiding inside my little blog, escaping into the easy and fun social life of blogging while avoiding my work.  The meat and potatoes of a writer’s life.  Blogging is fun, easy, conversational.  I can whip up a song with my morning coffee.  I miss chatting with others.  I have a 4-year-old that has been building little homes for squirrels with old packing boxes and we have been discussing whether they need carpeting or not being that its winter and all.  We have talked about his pet truck named Darington and his little brother has gotten … Continue reading When blogging is a distraction from writing.

Home based writing college. Or how to become a better writer through self education.

Oh God!  I have too many books to read and I’m trying to raise humans to grow up and be great men, I have laundry to fold and a cheesy Hallmark movie to watch, I have food that needs to be cooked…by someone.  Since Arjan and Sam are under 4 years old and don’t have much logic when it comes to hot stoves, I’m it…unless the dogs could be trained… I always do this, I get into books and I order from the library thinking they will be stacked in their arrival.  I have one book that I’m the 148th … Continue reading Home based writing college. Or how to become a better writer through self education.

Managing a home, family, and writing career.

If you are a housewife and raising little people, how then can you also become a writer?  You want your home to be clean and lovely, you spend a good deal of time shopping and cooking good, wholesome meals, you enjoy time with the children and maybe your have even started homeschooling.  How, on God’s green earth,  will you have time to build a writing career? Simple!  Yes, it’s simple really.  I used to read these women’s blogs and they would post once a week, write books, raise 100 kids, and run a farm complete with cows and apple orchards!  They would make … Continue reading Managing a home, family, and writing career.

Memoirs of a Pot Farmers Daughter.

I have been working on a new writing project lately.  This one is personal…and not easy for many reasons. I had felt driven to write my memoirs of growing up in Leggett, a tiny, itsy, bitsy town between Garberville and Willits that hardly anyone knows about.  Just think rednecks and Deliverance.  It is part of the Emerald Triangle and where my mother decided we would live as hillbillies after being transplanted from San Francisco.  She had the same fantasy all foolish city folk have when they move up into the hills; a big garden, baking bread and reading all day, … Continue reading Memoirs of a Pot Farmers Daughter.

The housewife that is an author.

I woke up this morning, donned my uniform (stretch pants, sports bra, and tshirt…sexy, I know) and started my morning routines.  There are no chickens to feed or cows to milk in this story, just dogs, cat, and little boys.  I turn on my coffee pot as that is the first and MOST important move of my day.  I turn on the computer as this is my career.  I feed everyone from little people to dogs and a cat that thinks she’s the alpha dog.  I start simmering dried beans for today’s burritos, adding garlic and salt. I also start … Continue reading The housewife that is an author.

Mr. Mom

Sunday I really let go…really, really let go.  The house looked crazy by the end of the day.  I was so burnt out from cranking out a new book in a few weeks and all the research and reading that goes hand in hand with that writing, the 3:00 am writings, the 2 hours on the tread climber trying to continue my challenge, the stacks of books on the machine that I would read through while sweating. When I write a book it’s often like cramming for intense finals at a college.  The computer begs for a break, the kids … Continue reading Mr. Mom

How to build a writing career and raise a family…and not go nuts.

It’s the wee hours of the morning, the sun is just starting its rise above the suburban rooftops and tree lined streets.  I have my kitchen table facing a large window that looks East.  I am often at this table at odd, illegal hours such at 3:00 am with my coffee pot brewing and my laptop on.  This is my best writing time.  I am filled with ideas and thoughts after my 5 hours of sleep and I’m not distracted by a full day.  Once my children are up the thoughts flow more towards how to make today’s oatmeal better than … Continue reading How to build a writing career and raise a family…and not go nuts.