Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We Interrupt Our Regular Programming . . .

Life is full of interruptions. The little blonde pixie at the left is our latest. A precious one, I might add.

Meet my granddaughter. She is a two-year-old bundle of energy, much like her mother when she was that age. Little Miss has come to live with us for several months while her mama's service in the United States Navy requires her to be elsewhere.

Adjusting to life with a toddler is, well, a work in progress. For her as much as us. And it's certainly changed the way I write. Some days I wonder if I'll ever write again. Yet this burning desire inside requires me to press on. So rather than working in my office, I have a new post in the kitchen, the hub of all family activity. My daughter gave me this wonderful stand for my birthday. Imagine one of those hospital tables, the kind that goes over the bed. I can raise or lower it, and it's on wheels. So amidst coloring, dishes, and keeping up with Miss, I ponder my story, work through dialog and plot, noting everything on my flash drive. Then, at nap time, I hurry to my office.

If there's one thing we can expect in life, it's change. How we react to change is what's important. We can let it defeat us, or we can roll with it. I prefer to prayerfully roll.

How do you adjust to change? Any writing moms of toddlers out there? What kind of schedule do you have?


  1. Oh I have a table like that for my computer. It is made for a laptop but I have a desktop. I set the harddrive on the place for the printer and my moniter on the desk, I have a cordless mouse and keyboard, and my printer is beside me on an end table. I sit in a recliner with my feet up the whole time I am on the computer, as I have so much trouble with my back and feet. I have quite setup, and sooooo comfortable.
    Have fun with that baby, I sure would hate to know I had to run after one that age, but if you have too, you have to.

  2. Wow, you have it cushy, Edna. LOL! All that exercise I wasn't getting before I'm more than making up for now.

  3. Schedule? We're supposed to have a schedule? I suppose I do have one, but with a three year-old and a five year-old around, it gets thrown out the window so often that it can be hard to recognize.

    If we were to nail it down. Homeschool in the morning. I use the time to check my e-mail, blog hop, facebook, etc. Make lunch and then write in the afternoon. But it isn't typically my best work. For some reason the kids want to climb in my lap if I'm working. Once or twice a week I leave them with a babysitter and run away to the library or Panera for a few hours to actually focus on writing.

    As for set up, I have a laptop and I just sit on the couch with it.

  4. Lol, all my kids are grown and I'm starting the grandma time too. I understand, Mindy. I think having your goal firmly set so that you keep it always in mind is the only way to reach it. She's sooo cute!

  5. I have two toddlers and a solider for a husband. I know a lot of what you are going through!

    I don't do very well with schedules, but am working on that. I have a stand for my laptop as well, but I try to keep most of my writing time to when they are napping or at night when they sleep. It doesn't give me my ideal amount of time to focus, but I do what I can, remembering in a couple of years they'll be in school. Or at least old enough to sit quietly and watch a movie or play while Mommy writes. lol...

  6. Lisa, it sounds like you're doing great. And I can't think of a better place to escape to than Panera :-)

  7. Ralene, you've got your hands full. Military life presents its own set of challenges. Hang in there, girl. And keep writing.

  8. I'm past the toddler age with my kids, too. But my daughter used to climb in my desk chair behind my back and snuggle up behind me, kind of like a human back pack! :) I loved it, and she often fell asleep that way. When she got too big, we both missed it!

    I loved the photo, Mindy! At first I thought it was Downy!


  9. She's such a doll-baby! I think she and Downey could pass as sisters!

    As for my schedule, on a good day, I'm up at 4am writing/blogging and then I'm writing again at my lunch break. I take my laptop with me and either go to my car or find a quiet place in the cafeteria at work. I have to have quiet, no distractions. It can be hard to find that place and time. I rarely write at night because my mind is too frazzled by that point.

    I like what you said - Prayerfully Roll.

  10. I also thought she was Downey! She's so precious. I started crying again thinking of her being w/o her Mama.

    Mindy, I know how hard it is to write. For me it was a full-time job away from home, plus a small child with life-threatening seizures and other delayed developments. For several years I operated on 3-4 hours of sleep. The only time I could find to write that didn't also take away from my hubby and daughter was when they were sleeping.

    I know I'm still young, but my late 30-something body won't allow me to do that anymore. My daughter is now 11. She's healed from her seizures, and outgrowing some of her special needs. Her bedtime is 9 PM. On Wed I stayed up to 12 AM working on a manuscript my editor requested. Thurs I had to wear my glasses all day and crashed when I came home from work at 6 PM. Eight years ago, I could gone 3-4 nights past midnight before I crashed. Not so anymore.

    First, you have to get through the transition of the change. Then you'll be able to find a schedule that works for you and squeezes in some time time. And be flexible in HOW you write. I've learned to write scenes on a laptop, an AlphSmart, and by hand in a notebook. Desperation calls for desperate measures. Then pray for God's grace in giving you what you need to make it all work together for good.