Friday, June 17, 2011

The Week of Getting Nothing Done

Sometimes that's just how it is. Especially when you're a full time mom. I've been desperately trying to write some meaningful, content-rich posts this week and it's totally not happening. I did put some more time into research for worldbuiding (a never ending, but fun, task) the other day. But other than that, I've accomplished nothing literary this week. But I'm not going to let myself get too discouraged. Tomorrow is another day!

L.G. Smith of Bards and Prophets tagged me for this blog meme where you answer a few questions about yourself:

Do you think you're hot?

I have aspirations of being hot. I want to burn up the writing world with the brilliance of my storytelling. Only time will tell.

When was the last time you ate chicken?

Last night. I had a grilled chicken sandwich from Burger King.

What were you thinking while doing this?

When is my mother going to get here to watch the kids so I can take Corwin to the doctor. (EDIT: Because I'm finishing this after the appointment. He's improving, but still fighting the RSV.)

What song/songs have you listened to recently?

Yesterday my daughter and I were listening to Rubber Soul (The Beatles album) in the car and singing along together. My favorite song from Rubber Soul:

Do you have any nicknames? What are they?

Not anymore, unless you count "mom" and "mommy", which are, by the way, some of my favorite names. I'm not the type of person you give a nickname to. And my husband knows if he tries any cutesy terms of endearment with me there will be swift and bloody disciplinary action. 

 Tag 5 Blogger friends.

Oh man. This meme has been going around for a while. Let me see if I can find some who haven't done it...

Alexia Chamberlyn ~ She picked my entry to win the St. Patrick's Day Blogfest back in March so you know she has good taste. ;)

Murees Dupé ~ I love her blog because it's so red, my favorite color.

Claudie A. ~ A fantasy AND sci fi writer! And she's proud of it. :)

Sarah Allen ~ A fellow Sarah. We've got to stick together, cause, you know, there are so few of us.

Tracy ~ She asks some really interesting but really tough questions in her "Would You Rather" posts.

Ok, if any of you have already done it, just ignore this. If you haven't, then PLEASE TELL ME WHEN YOU LAST ATE CHICKEN. It's very important to me.

You Learn Something New Everyday

So, as you see above, I took my infant son to the doctor to check on his RSV. He was making some rather horrible noises as he breathes and crying a lot. Now, this is my fourth kid so I know a thing or two. But it just goes to show that no matter how much experience you have you still don't know everything. There's always more to learn. Today I learned that babies can't breathe through their mouths. They just don't know how and it doesn't come naturally to them. So when a baby is having trouble breathing because of congestion or whatever, they'll cry. Because when they cry then can breathe through their mouths and thus get more air. So his crying isn't something I need to worry about too much, it's helping him. *sigh of relief*

And of course, the same holds true for writers. We beginning writers working on our first books know that we still have a lot to learn. Most writers, even if they've written many books, even if they've published many books, know that there's always something new to discover. Especially because, just as our medical knowledge is always improving and developing, the world of publishing is always changing and the desires of the reading public are always shifting. I've seen and heard about some writers out there who become set in their ways. They think they know how it works because they've been doing it for a while and they close their eyes and ears to all the new things going on around them. They don't want to learn anymore.

As a mom, it's important for the sake of my children that I'm always willing to learn and adapt. Each child is different and has different needs. So too each book is different and has different needs. Today I'm reminded to make sure to always keep an open mind about writing and publishing. Always be willing to learn more. Always be willing to adapt.

That's my thought for the day.


  1. My children are the greatest teachers I have ever had. They teach me about my hot buttons, my weaknesses, my strengths and what I am capable of. The lessons are daily and for the rest of my life. Being a mom is enriching and exhausting. But when they give me little scraps of papers of my "writing notes", I know we are all in this family together.

  2. Yeah, I'm ready for the tag to go away...I really don't care when you last ate chicken, except I do like those Burger King grilled sandwiches. :)

    That is interesting about babies crying to get air. I remember my son had the croup once as a baby and we sat all night in a steamy bathroom to ease his cough. It might have been better to let him cry it out.

    Same goes for writers. Sometimes crying is the only thing that works.

  3. No, L.G., sitting in the steam was the better choice. I have done it also; it is so scary to feel your baby struggle to get air.
    I actually hate chicken. I guess something chemical happened, and I gag at the thought of eating chicken. What can I say?

  4. Are you hot? What kind of a question is that. You are smokin' hot! As for nicknames...can I call your Frank?

  5. Just the experience of living can result in contributing to the literary data bank if nothing else. You don't have to actually write to get something done. You are living and that adds up to something. It's another form of research. Besides we all need a break now and then.

    Tossing It Out

  6. Was reading your archives and stumbled across that picture--it's gorgeous!


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