I have high hopes for this week. Big kid has big kid camp, and is gone most of the day. Little goo has Vacation Bible School for a few hours in the morning.
I’d love to be able to write at church while she’s in VBS. I’ve set aside About Damn Time for a few weeks and I’m working on a faith-based romance called Mascots. What better place to write a faith-based romance than church? It’s a fairly large building, and I could probably find an empty room or a corner somewhere to use. I like the idea of being on hand, being able to use the entire time to write instead of commuting back and forth between the house and church.
What I’m worried about is the “Oh, You’re Just Writing…” interruption. Although my own family recognizes writing time as important and productive, most of the world does not. Especially as a pre-published writer, it’s hard to tell people “Please leave me alone. I’m busy.”
I already feel guilty enough that I’m not volunteering with VBS. When I found out that my three year old was old enough to participate, I was so happy! I e-mailed back to say “Yes, she’ll be there!” and got e-mail back saying “Great! Are you sticking around to help?” This was not an intentional guilt-trip. I have always volunteered at church in various capacities, but I try to balance my life and not burn myself out like I did… oh, many years ago and a whole other story.
We only live a few minutes from the church. Maybe I’ll compromise and let them know I can stick around the first day, and then I’ll just drop her off and pick her up the rest of the week, coming home in between.
Can any other Moms identify with me that, no matter what I choose, I will feel guilty? Either guilty that I’m selfishly using VBS time to write instead of helping my church, or guilty that I didn’t take this opportunity to work on, and perhaps even finish this novel?
So, ROW80 is kind of back on track. I don’t think I’ll be able to claim victory when time is up and all is said and done, but I am definitely on a more productive track now.
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