I am a professional list maker. I even have a list yourself book that helps with self-discovery as if my childhood and adult diaries and journals didn’t serve that purpose. I have a ton of notebooks and notepads lying around my house, inserted into my work-bag or handbag containing numerous lists. There is the grocery list, the bills-to-pay list, the to-do list, the books-to-read list, the change my life list, the list of great ideas and the next big invention list. Some things have been checked off but, a lot haven’t and I am not deterred. It is interesting to look back on lists that I created years ago to see how many things I have actually accomplished. And even though there are things that have not been checked off as of yet, I am still making and updating lists. On one of my most recent lists I pledged to post more. I realized that writing in and of itself is therapeutic for me. Sometimes I get so caught up in the details of things that the task appears daunting and nothing ever gets done because I have postponed the hefty task until a later date (usually “when I have more time,” ha ha ha).
My recommendation for those of you writers who have experienced these droughts and your emotions have been in the toilet, I can only offer you one simple piece of advice and that is to Write! It feels good to post or write in my notebook and share with others. And once I write, no matter what it is about, I find that my creative juices begin to flow. As a single mama, time seems to move so fast with all of my to-do’s. I just want to be able to say that each day, at some point, I wrote something important to me and that my children can look back to learn from. Write on!!!
So, I have been home for a little over 2 months and I have been writing for the Examiner and doing other little assignments along with taking care of a 2 month and eleven year old. It has been busy, busy, busy. My office is anywhere from the living room to the dining room. I may be surfing freelance opportunities while nursing the baby and waiting on hold to speak with a representative from one of my many bills to get them to extend my payment due date. This is the reality of the day in the life of a single writer mama.
My must-haves are my Vera Bradley agenda, red pen, black gel ink pen, pencil, notebook, calculator, fee chart, laptop, iPad, sticky notes, cell phone, house phone, folders, and assortment of paper clips and binder clips. Oh yeah and baby wipes, a few diapers, pacifier, and burp cloth.
My ideal office would have a door attached to it and I would have a nanny to assist me with childcare. I would have multiple items bought from The Container Store to help organize my countless files, notes, pens, pencils, and other office items. I would have a Mac desktop computer along with a wall calendar and a name plate as a constant reminder that I am a professional writer even though I am at home and don’t have countless published books out there. Inspiring art work would adorn my walls and my business cards would sit prominently on my mirrored desk. My awesome ergonomic fuchsia chair would keep me comfortable during my long hours of work and research. Is there anything that I am missing? Send a comment if there is something I should add.
Well, I’m back. My spirit has been renewed for the new year and I have been writing more since the beginning of January. I would like to post to this blog more often. Actually, I will post to this blog more often. I am also working on the other assignments that I mentioned in my last conversation here on Singlewritermama.
Trying to get a schedule down has been a little difficult because infants don’t really “do schedules”. But, it’s okay. I am learning what times are good times to complete certain assignments and tasks and what times are better for just blogging and working on my novel. I have determined that although I am a night owl, I should only look for freelance assignments and submit to the examiner.com in the morning or early afternoon. At night, I am more creative and cannot be bogged down with technical items. That is the time that I should post here and work on my poetry and novel or anything creative. I just have to learn my flow.
My son has been a constant reminder that life is steady moving on and I need to continue on the path to my dreams. I have recently joined a writing group and feel so good about my new friends. I know that they will inspire me as they have already done in the first meeting and hopefully, I can inspire them. Stay tuned for my home office set-up current and future. Maybe, I can help someone out there who is just getting started like myself.
Okay, for the past two days I have been trying to set up this blog and trying to make it appear the way that I want it; I am not succeeding. In between this time I have been applying to about 20 freelance gigs and praying for the best. I see now that the applying to the gigs is a lot easier than setting up this blog. I will need to make a trip to Barnes & Noble or meet with a WordPress expert. It is a shame because I am the type of person who can usually figure something out in a reasonable amount of time. I just want my home page to be listed first and not have the term category archives at the top. I would like to post to each individual page but, I realize that it is more trouble than it’s worth right now. I will attack that obstacle at a much later date; I just want to keep posting and sharing.
So, onto other matters. I’m getting really nervous about this new bundle of joy that will be joining my mini-family very soon. He has been moving in there all day and usually he is not this active. I guess it is a good thing because his movements remind me that I want to be with him and my daughter as much as possible. This requires me to buckle down and put my business plan into action. I have finally ordered business cards and secured a website, tomorrow I will set that up. I think that the corner I felt I was backed into is making me push harder. This single writer mama is on a mission and I will not quit until one of my dreams come to fruition.
In the meantime, I will keep you up to date. I’m sure you want to know all about my struggles and laugh out loud experiences. Chat with you soon!