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    Quote Originally Posted by abctriplets View Post
    I'm the latter (used to be the former), but now that school is in session, I've got the kids in part-time preschool 3 days a week. It's great to drop them off at school and hit the bookstore to write for an hour
    My oldest is going two days a week. It's so nice to only have to worry about one. When she takes a nap though I usually take one too (If I've been on baby duty the night before).

    I don't think finding the, or at least enough, time to write is easy for most of us.

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    John Scalzi (adult and YA scifi author of a bunch of really good books) just did a column about balancing writing with parenting: http://www.sfwa.org/2010/09/writer-a...r-new-balance/ I thought some folks in this thread would enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty Pryde View Post
    John Scalzi (adult and YA scifi author of a bunch of really good books) just did a column about balancing writing with parenting: http://www.sfwa.org/2010/09/writer-a...r-new-balance/ I thought some folks in this thread would enjoy it.
    Great link. I'll check it out... As soon as I find the time!

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    hello, joining in here. i'm new to the forums, and new to writing fiction. i've been a playwright for a lot of years, and am currently midway through the first draft of my first MG novel.

    i am also a parent of a 4.5 year old and 4 month old. we're homeschoolers (or will be; right now we just play), but i'm really fortunate that my husband gets home around 3pm and relieves me with the kids so i have a couple hours to write most afternoons. of course, that writing time is split between my own projects and my paid freelance gigs. fortunately, most of those gigs are writing-for-kids, too, so i feel like i'm learning and gaining experience while getting paid. still, i'd rather be working on my novel.

    anyway, hi! this forum is so big and overwhelming. this looks like it might be a nice place to get to know some folks.

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    If anyone needed the Sesame Street gang and will.i.am to tell you you're special today, here ya go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty Pryde View Post
    If anyone needed the Sesame Street gang and will.i.am to tell you you're special today, here ya go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs
    Love it!
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    Have to share our homework experience - my 9-yo.

    He's changing simple sentences into compounds with either and, or, or but. I was cooking dinner and helping, when he pipes up with, "I'm pretty sure I've got a but sentence here."

    It struck me funny, because he was already laughing, but I corrected him and said, in my best mommy voice, "Okay, let's be serious here."

    He turned to me with innocent eyes and said, "I'm serious, Mom. It says 'I would love to visit the zoo every day, BUT, I live far too away.' That's just not right, is it?"

    Unfortunately, I had to look at it to figure out what he was saying, because I thought he had transposed far and too as he read it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoyMC View Post
    hello, joining in here. i'm new to the forums, and new to writing fiction. i've been a playwright for a lot of years, and am currently midway through the first draft of my first MG novel.

    i am also a parent of a 4.5 year old and 4 month old. we're homeschoolers (or will be; right now we just play), but i'm really fortunate that my husband gets home around 3pm and relieves me with the kids so i have a couple hours to write most afternoons. of course, that writing time is split between my own projects and my paid freelance gigs. fortunately, most of those gigs are writing-for-kids, too, so i feel like i'm learning and gaining experience while getting paid. still, i'd rather be working on my novel.

    anyway, hi! this forum is so big and overwhelming. this looks like it might be a nice place to get to know some folks.
    Welcome Joy! It is a big forum, but the kids section is nice and cozy. Sound like you have your hands full at home.

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    Hi, Joy! Welcome!

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    Welcome, Joy! This is a good place to come in and bounce around.
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    Welcome, Joy. You're definitely in the right place.

    And I had to laugh my butt off at Scalzi's ever-so-helpful tips for parent/writers. Yeah...he kind of forgot to mention those of us who have full time jobs, too. I teach full time, work the after-school homework-help program one day a week, and have two delightful but high-maintenance boys. So...yeah. Most of my writing happens Saturday and Sunday mornings while the boys are at their dad's house. But of course that's just enough time to really get going, and then I have to shift back to reality at noon on Sunday when the boys come back.

    But I'm not complaining. Would I trade motherhood for a Newbery? No. Would I quit my job tomorrow if I wrote a bestseller? No.

    I have a full, rich life and I wouldn't change any of it. I just wish I could sustain my creative energy after a long day at work.

    But I've been writing notes about Agatha Tate every day, and I'm finding my way to a plot. So there is progress, even if it doesn't look like it by the word count meter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudScotKev View Post
    Welcome, Joy. You're definitely in the right place.

    And I had to laugh my butt off at Scalzi's ever-so-helpful tips for parent/writers. Yeah...he kind of forgot to mention those of us who have full time jobs, too. I teach full time, work the after-school homework-help program one day a week, and have two delightful but high-maintenance boys. So...yeah. Most of my writing happens Saturday and Sunday mornings while the boys are at their dad's house. But of course that's just enough time to really get going, and then I have to shift back to reality at noon on Sunday when the boys come back.

    But I'm not complaining. Would I trade motherhood for a Newbery? No. Would I quit my job tomorrow if I wrote a bestseller? No.

    I have a full, rich life and I wouldn't change any of it. I just wish I could sustain my creative energy after a long day at work.

    But I've been writing notes about Agatha Tate every day, and I'm finding my way to a plot. So there is progress, even if it doesn't look like it by the word count meter.
    You wouldn't quit your day job?

    I don't have children, but I know I wouldn't trade them for a Newbery (it might be tempting, though. ). The day job, though... I'd quit. I'd still do volunteer work, but the insane, work-through-the-mono hours would have to go!
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    Good for you Joy. It's great you are doing something you enjoy so much!

    If I could make writing my job I certainly would!

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    If anyone needed the Sesame Street gang and will.i.am to tell you you're special today, here ya go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs
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    Quote Originally Posted by mware01 View Post
    Good for you Joy. It's great you are doing something you enjoy so much!

    If I could make writing my job I certainly would!
    i feel really fortunate, but it would be extremely tough if i didn't have a husband with benefits and a steady salary.

    i was recently reading The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner, which is a great read on the publishing industry by an editor-turned-agent, and she said John Grisham wrote his first book (which bombed at the time, FYI), while working 60-80 hours/week as a lawyer, and raising a young family. he did it over three years, working in the wee hours of the morning. so, you know, it can be done. but you have to REALLY want it.

    thanks all, for the welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoyMC View Post
    John Grisham wrote his first book (which bombed at the time, FYI), while working 60-80 hours/week as a lawyer, and raising a young family. he did it over three years, working in the wee hours of the morning. so, you know, it can be done. but you have to REALLY want it.

    thanks all, for the welcome!
    There you go Smish!

    (but I bet he didn't have mono. And that bit about raising a family - like he did it all by himself.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheilaJG View Post
    And that bit about raising a family - like he did it all by himself.)
    well, yeah. as a mom, i kind of snickered at that, too. but still, there were children and a spouse with needs and birthdays and illnesses and all the rest of it that some of us use as excuses.

    (though speaking of excuses, i've been flattened by a massive cold and just wrote to tell my client that he'll be getting that draft on Monday, not tomorrow. off to go finish reading The Sky is Everywhere ...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheilaJG View Post
    There you go Smish!

    (but I bet he didn't have mono. And that bit about raising a family - like he did it all by himself.)
    I you

    (Just don't tell me I should write a legal thriller...)
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    Smish, if I had your day job, I'd quit it, too. But I'm lucky. I really do love what I do (although I could have done without the kid who stood on a table and screamed at me today...) and I know when I go home at the end of the day that I've made a difference. It's a calling, and no amount of writing fame and fortune could take its place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoyMC View Post
    John Grisham wrote his first book (which bombed at the time, FYI), while working 60-80 hours/week as a lawyer, and raising a young family. he did it over three years, working in the wee hours of the morning. so, you know, it can be done. but you have to REALLY want it.
    thanks all, for the welcome!
    We'll I'm not Grisham, but I was up writing until 3AM last night. It's really Judy's fault--her, How do you decide what to write about, threat got me thinking about old project. Opened one up and I just couldn't stop. -Thanks Judy (I wrote close to 4K, so that's a good thing).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smish View Post
    I you

    (Just don't tell me I should write a legal thriller...)
    Speaking of How's that going? Did you take some time off work? I hope you are taking it easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudScotKev View Post
    Smish, if I had your day job, I'd quit it, too. But I'm lucky. I really do love what I do (although I could have done without the kid who stood on a table and screamed at me today...) and I know when I go home at the end of the day that I've made a difference. It's a calling, and no amount of writing fame and fortune could take its place.
    My life would be easier if I didn't feel called to do what I do. It's hard and stressful, and often depressing, but I believe poverty is this generation's Civil Rights Movement, and I'm proud to be fighting on the front lines. So, while I'd quit my day job if given the opportunity to write full time, I'd still do a lot of pro bono work.

    Quote Originally Posted by mware01 View Post
    Speaking of How's that going? Did you take some time off work? I hope you are taking it easy.
    I'm taking it easier, but mostly, it's my personal life that's suffering. I spend most of my free time sleeping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty Pryde View Post
    If anyone needed the Sesame Street gang and will.i.am to tell you you're special today, here ya go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs
    Did you see Katy Perry's skit for Sesame Street? Apparently, poor Katy is too risque for Sesame Street.

    The objections are rather silly, in my opinion...
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    I didn't see the problem. It looked like and ice skating suit. People have too much time and too many objections to too many things. It's tiring.
    Quote Originally Posted by Smish View Post
    Did you see Katy Perry's skit for Sesame Street? Apparently, poor Katy is too risque for Sesame Street.

    The objections are rather silly, in my opinion...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smish View Post
    Did you see Katy Perry's skit for Sesame Street? Apparently, poor Katy is too risque for Sesame Street.

    The objections are rather silly, in my opinion...
    Haha. I noticed it was on Youtube, but I didn't click on it. The news is on right now talking about her shirt being too low-cut or whatever. A low cut shirt is like the LEAST objectionable thing about Katy Perry TBH.

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