Where was I in June you ask? At WIFYR and visiting family of course. But don't worry, I'm sticking around for the rest of the summer and looking forward to catching up on your blogs.
At the Writers and Illustrators for Young Readers conference this past month Mette Ivie Harrison gave a talk entitled "Finding Time To Write." The entire talk reminded me of the father in Cheaper by the Dozen. Mette finds the most efficient ways to workout (down to the individual steps), quickest way to unload her dishwasher (she can do it in 30 sec), and she no longer cleans her house or does any yard work (she showed us pictures as proof). She told us this great story of a Kirby salesman coming to her house and she had him clean her bedroom carpet and realized that it hadn't been vacuumed in the 18 months they'd lived in that house. Yikes!
While I haven't gone to her extremes, here is a list of the big things I've let go for writing. In the end I hope it's worth it.
1. Exercise time
Running in the early morning (because this is my one undivided writing time)
I write best from 5 to 7 in the morning.
Couponing. It can run your life, tracking down deals, organizing coupons, and rebates.
My savings towards my dream trip to Alaska. I spent half of it to attend WIFYR in 2011
My house doesn't get the attention it once did.
Showering? Getting dressed? Totally optional.
A Kirby salesman actually came to my house yesterday and while in the past I'd let him come and make some portion of my house spotless, I sent him packing, plaid shirt and all. No way could I get writing done while he's here trying to sell me a ridiculously expensive vacuum.
5. Driving my kiddos to school
Hello bus, I know you're awful and where I learned all about S-E-X and cuss words, but here are my children.
6. Time with my husband
One night a week he watches the kids so I can have 3 hrs of kid free writing time.
7. Time with other adults
Story time at the library and playgroup with my church
What have you given up? And is it worth it? Have you found a balance?