Ah, what a joy and blessing family is.
What a comfort through dark times, to know that someone has your back, is standing in your corner, will be there through thick, thicker and impenetrable.
Okay, there are times when it’s hard…
It’s not easy to concentrate on writing your next blog post when an eleven-year-old insists on lobbing a balled-up pair of dirty socks at your head.
And then there are those rare occasions when you’re in full writing flow, the words are pouring out and for once they’re not all drivel. And you’re finally taking control of that scene that’s baffled you for weeks and the dialogue is coming smoothly and it’s clever and real and you finally feel like one day you could be a proper writer …
Then the door opens and there’s a boy and a bike and a muddy P. E kit to wash and arguments over computer time and chores and showers and homework and dinner to cook and forms to sign and bus money to find and lunches to pay for …
And the next time you come face to face with your computer screen, your brain is as slow and reluctant as a toddler eating broccoli and mushroom en croute with a rhubarb glaze.
Yeah, we love our families but sometimes …
It’s not easy to juggle family and your love of writing – but help is at hand. Why don’t you zip on over and read my last blog post for Mslexia on this very subject.
It’s subtitle is DO NOT CUT OFF THIS HEAD – merely charm it!
Sound advice when dealing with family members, I think you’ll agree.
Yes, that’s my last post for Mslexia and it’s been fantastic fun. Thanks to all at Mslexia – especially Robyn – for holding my hand through my first professional gig and for giving me the opportunity to share my nonsense with a new audience.
Thanks for all of you who viewed and commented on the posts and shored up my ego – you’ve all been terrifically kind.
Normal service will now be resumed.