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I've been writing since I could first hold a pencil, and by all accounts I didn't limit myself to paper. Walls, tablecloths and the occasional sibling were all fair game, and it shouldn't be surprising to learn that markers were banned in my home with all due haste. Although I now content myself with inconveniencing electrons, the desire to bring the stories in my mind to life hasn't waned. In my spare time, I read, putter in the kitchen, and relax on my terrace, weather permitting, with my corgi who strives to be part muse, part food disposal. I'm also addicted to coffee and have a close relationship with my Keurig.

Monday, April 14, 2014

How to keep your mind occupied...

The second hardest part of sending out a manuscript is suddenly wondering what to do with all the time that your story used to take up. There's a void, and it's hard to let go of characters that have become part of the daily routine.

"Let's see, the kids are off to school, laundry's done and put away, I've been to the shops, tidied up a bit, so now let's see what's up with the lads."

That's been my routine for months, and now the lads are off, out the door, without so much as a backward look. I'm telling you, that gets me every time. We started this as part of National Novel Writers Month, and look where we wound up. They grew up so quickly...

I tend to have a couple of projects going at once, because I find I need to be able to throw myself into something right away. While it might be hard to have two larger things going at once, short stories are a great way to ease the shock of having my lads move on.

At least for my fictional lads. When it comes to the real life kids, I think I'm good, thank you! :D

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