How to Mama, Write, and Not Go Crazy?

How to Mama, Write, and Not Go Crazy?

 How do you write a 300+ page book in 2 months while homeschooling a 7, 8 and 1-year-old?   I have no idea … honestly, I look back and I don’t even remember writing half the words I wrote.  But when I look back and read them, which I’ve done a ridiculous amount of times at this point, I’m impressed at my own subconscious for pulling everything together … LOL!

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“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.”

– Tina Fey

 

I wrote this book in 2 months, during which 2 bouts of the flu passed through our house and my littlest teethed about 6 teeth including 4 molars (if any of y’all are mamas … I know you know what cutting a molar is like for a baby!).

On days when the bed would be silent when my alarm went off, no crying, tossing or turning, incessant nursing etc … I would wake up, make a huge cup of coffee ( I mean like 4 cups of coffee in one) and write between 4 and 6:30 in the morning.

I actually really enjoyed the silence and the opportunity to just be with myself.

I’ve spent years staying at home with the kids, homeschooling and learning alongside them, enjoying life but somewhere along the way I started to forget about my own needs outside of the title of mama.  I started to think that watching them create was enough for me, because who has time for anything else???

But you could ask any one of my closest friends and they would tell you that the first thing they ask me if I’ve been moody or cranky or absent is “Have you written anything or painted recently?”
And my answer was always No.  I have super smart ridiculously amazing friends 🙂

I’m an artist, writer, arts therapist who went to school for musical theater, dance, and singing.  I want to be able to give what I’ve learned to my kids, but how am I supposed to do that when I’m not actively doing me?  Right?

So …

I’m the author of The Storyteller’s Throne … The first in a three book series.  Ahh!  That’s crazy, but the truth!  As of May 14th, 2018 the book will be available for purchase.

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*She takes a long, deep, bow full of gratitude for all that brought her here to this place.*

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