One of “those” days….

Did you ever have one of those days when a hundred unexpected events conspire to keep you from writing? Or when you’re coming off a few very productive days—and emerge from your creative fog long enough to realize that the rest of your life needs, well, a bit of love and attention?

That’s me right now! fairy

I’ve been cranking out a rewrite for the past two weeks, eager to send it off to my new agent (grin), plus working on homework for a continuing ed class I’m taking (also a grin), plus trying to keep some forward momentum on the series of science books I’m working on for an educational publisher, plus bidding on jobs through Elance so I keep a bit of income while I wait for all the other projects to bear fruit, plus…well, you get the idea. And today I woke up and realized that I need to catch up on laundry, bills, gardening, house cleaning, and overall clutter reduction—in a serious way.

Isn’t there a writing fairy to take care of these sorts of things for us when the muse is singing?

On the flip side, I’m in such a bouncy-happy mood from all the writing time, I’m not stressed about the mess.

And when I’m happy, my family’s happy.

Ooh—did I just deduce that writing is a viable alternative to housework? ‘Cause if the family’s happy, I must be doing something right!

:) Cheryl

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  1. Casey McCormick says

    Glad you've had so much writing time! I've been so sucked into my revising that the house and my work are definitely suffering. I'm trying to get back on track with the schedule I made for myself and get it under control again. Silly muse is throwing everything off course!

  2. Cheryl Reif says

    That's what I was doing–revising. The muse does take a toll on housework and cooking, doesn't it?! Now that I've sent out my rewrite, though, I am catching up a little.

    I saw elsewhere that you're -almost- going to make your June 30th revision goal. Good luck! You've been inspiring, cranking out those pages.

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