Being a Parent & Writer / Artist

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    My oldest son will be 11 soon, and yes he is changing right before my eyes. This both terrifies me and makes me happy, because he is growing up. I struggle to balance my work and my family like most other parents out there in the world, and there are times we feel as though we are failing. My sons grades have started to slip, they are still good grades but almost all of them down from the beginning of the year. I can see his frustration, but when I try to help he gets angry with me. He used to love reading and doesn’t any more. His teachers tell me how smart he is, and the reasons for his slipping grades are small and fixable, but he wont cooperate with me. I know I don’t spend enough time with my children ether, and he is in a lot of extra activities all year long. I am hoping things will get better this summer when he and I will have time to write the story he wants to do with me, but I don’t know how to help him now.

    Any parents out there in my position before or now? I wouldn’t normally post something like this on my blog, but is this not like a community? So I thought I would ask from others who have been there done that. As much as I hate to admit it, I wasn’t exactly given the best child raising skills growing up, I learned a bit what not to do. So I am feeling a little lost, groping my way through the dark. What have you done?

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3 Deadly Traps for a Writer

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Writing Is Hard Work

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There are so many things that can distract writers.  Writers are thinkers and dreamers, and if there is anything I have learned from my son, who suffers from ADHD, it is that distractions can kill any chance of the completion of a task.

But what are the three things that are deadly for a writer, deadly vipers that might poison any chance of completing a project or a WIP?

The following three would top my list:

  1. Life – Perhaps you have angel wings and perhaps rainbows follow you everywhere and perhaps you ride to work every day on a unicorn that smells like angel-food cake, but quite frankly the world is a much more harsh environment for a writer than most.  Writers are typically sensitive to their world and often go around with their skin removed…at least poets and fiction writers.  It is tough, sometimes, to keep that world at…

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Whats New With You?

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Hey everyone,

So hows things? Its been quite some time hasn’t it? You know how life can get in the way some times. Yeah, I even turned off my computer for two months strait. Let me tell you it wasn’t easy, but I had to do it for my family. I realized I spend a lot of time on my computer, yes I am a writer but that doesn’t make it easier on my kids to have my time taken up with writing.

Things have changed a lot over the past few months though. I finished my children’s book Willie The Wood Gnome, it feels good to just have it done and be happy with the end result. Though my co-writer did not contribute to the finale draft, only the first. I took a couple weeks to research my next steps to get my labor of love out into the world. I sent it off to two agents and one publisher I felt suited the manuscript. I heard back from the publisher within a couple days, I was surprised to say the least. They said “We look forward to reading your manuscript! We will get back to you within three months with our decision.” It will be three months on the 22nd of next month, and I have been biting my nails (metaphorically speaking) the hole time! At the same time I have been speaking with a very wonderful woman I meant on Linkedin. I asked her, not realizing she ran her own small publishing company, if she would take a look at my manuscript because a family member had said the scan was off. She said yes and I sent it to her after my time off from my computer was over. Long story short: Willie The Wood Gnome is going to get published, and best of all I get to do the art like I want! Now if only I could get out of my rut with my novels and I would be doing great.

So tell my how have you been? Have you struggled with work through the holidays. Have you been stuck on a project? Have things gone well? I always love to hear what your up to 😀

Happy Writing

M.A.W.

New Podcast Up: What Would Make You Quit Writing?

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Stumbled across a Podcast on a new blog I was checking out. Had to join the site to fallow them, but I can’t wait to check out the other 20 writing related episodes 🙂

Writing Is Hard Work

Today Ryan posed an interesting question: “What would make you quit writing?”  When we recorded this podcast, Ryan hadn’t written anything in nearly a month, and was really bogged down in it.  Maybe you are suffering from the same problem.  Should you continue or hang it up?  I think we have some very good answers to this predicament which will hopefully come as encouragement no matter your decision.

Find it here.

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