Look! A post!

Baby 2 just spontaneously passed out in his chair so there is half a chance I might actually be able to complete a blog post. Or at least start one that I will post a week from now when I happen to be looking at my page and realize that there is something in ‘drafts’. So we’ll see how this goes.

Believe it or not I have actually kept with my plan and have managed to make some headway with editing the WIP. As I suspected, one or two pages per day didn’t happen…that being said, today I completed editing page 36 and Baby 2 was born thirty-four days ago, so it is averaging out. 🙂 There is some temptation to keep barrelling right along but instead I’m going to pause and give those 36 pages at least one more pass-over. I have a few reasons for doing this:

1. Two of my friends who decided to move much too far away are coming to visit next weekend. While they have made it clear that they certainly don’t expect me to have any writing available for them to look at, they have also made it clear how happy they would be if I did.

If you’d like to acquaint yourself with said friends, they are here and here. If you do acquaint yourself with them, feel free to suggest they move closer to me.  😛

2. My next long piece is due for critique class next week. I’m considering giving the opening chapter, since last time I gave a piece of chapter 2 and was met with clamours to know what had come before (which was damn nice, I must admit!). I like the opening, it just needs some slight changes since some of the details have changed in my head even over the past few days. I was also considering giving a later piece – this scene is quite dark and the previous ones I’ve given were dark also, so I thought I might go for something different. But then my husband pointed out that…

3. Even though the publisher who wants to see this WIP wants to see the whole thing, depending on how it goes I might have to start by giving just the first three chapters…or if I have to present it elsewhere, it would be with the first three chapters. And the first 36 pages are, in fact, the first three chapters.

This means that I also might just post my Lucky Seven meme.  You know, if I like what’s on page 77.  😉

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Juggling life with two kids is still proving to be a challenge, and I’m awaiting  the summer holidays with some trepidation. With any luck, we’ll be into some semblance of a routine by then and perhaps that will make things easier. At the moment however, I feel like I’m still flying by the seat of my pants…and, as I’m only one month into this mom-of-two-kids thing, I think that’s more than okay. I’d be willing to give myself even more time to get organized if I wasn’t worried about the aforementioned holidays. Nevertheless, settling into this is actually going far better than I had anticipated. Baby 2 is a very good baby – he naps (though not in his crib, unfortunately) and the nights haven’t been TOO bad (yet), though I do stay up far too late for no good reason on most night. And Kid 1 seems to have adjusted to the new reality. So, all things considered, I’m sure as hell not complaining. Now that the weather is nice, I’ve started going for long walks again and I intend to re-start yoga in the next week or so. Now I just need to find some way to carve out daily writing time…

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The baby and the book

First thing first…many of you might have suspected why I’ve been so remiss about updating recently and you’d be right…Baby 2 has arrived! He was five days late and HUGE – 9 pounds, 4 oz. Since everyone told us he was likely to be born three weeks early and he was nearly a week late, he’s already acting like a one month old, raising his head, making cooing noises and almost back to his birth weight in just a week’s time. Labour went as smoothly as labour can and for that I’m singing the praises of my incredible midwives (unlike the midwives I had for the birth of Kid 1 whom I also had some choice words for). Kid 1 is getting used to the whole thing and we’re all re-adjusting our lives around our new little love. This has meant that there has been little time for anything non baby-related aside from eating and sleeping…and even those are now technically baby-related.

Work on the WIP has ground to an almost-halt. I have to say almost because, despite the severe lack of sleep lately, it continues to percolate in the back of my head and glare at me from my computer on a daily basis, accusing me of not working on it. Originally I had planned to give it more time…wait until we are on a semi-regular schedule and the little one is taking semi-regular naps and hopefully I’d then have the presence of mind to work on it more significantly. And that’s still the plan. But I also have concern with summer holidays creeping up soon, which will put Kid 1 home with me every day and will likely cut my writing time down to nearly nothing between the two of them. So, for now, I have started a very slow edit – just one or two pages a day. That way, once I do have a little more time to devote to it, I’ll have at least made a dent and won’t suddenly feel pressured to try to work on ten pages a day or something when I’m still likely to be juggling schedules and sleep deprivation.

As this post has now been sitting on my computer this morning I think I’ll just post it, rather than trying to come up with some sort of witty wrap-up.