They’re Going Back! and #ROW80

I will really miss my sons’ handsome faces and conversation and laughter and hugs and smiles and all of that, but I also feel like this parent:

As my kids return to school tomorrow, I am anticipating a big increase in output. During the day, I will no longer be carting them around, feeding and entertaining them, refereeing at times, and being interrupted 127 times while on the laptop or on the phone or in the bathroom. (Seriously, guys…timing.)

Before I begin my ascent to the apex of productivity, however, let’s see how I did last week:

  • Cheer on the ROW80 participants. Done.
  • Revise SHARING HUNTER, my young adult contemporary novel, using Margie Lawson’s EDITS program. I made some progress. However, I decided to wait until my kids return to school this week to read all of the dialogue aloud.
  • Exercise at least twice each week. I’ll be shakin’ my groove thing at Zumba on Monday morning.
  • Submit a query for SHARING HUNTER. On hold until I complete more edits.
  • Read at least 50 pages of The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. Finished the book.

As my children ease into school, maybe I’ll get even more than writing and revising done. Maybe I’ll also give the house a spiffing-up and have supper planned and ready with greater consistency. (Hubby is crossing his fingers.)

How are your goals coming along? Are you expecting to make more or less progress since summer is over and the school year is starting?

Find my fellow ROWers HERE and wish them well!

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18 thoughts on “They’re Going Back! and #ROW80

  1. Did you enjoy The Writer’s Journey? It was one of the first books I read on the craft, and it focused me enough to finish writing my first novel.

    School can be a hectic time for me to accomplish my writing. My son has behavioral issues due to his diagnosis (and with being an active 13 year old), so we have close communication with his special education teacher. My anxiety level rises exponentially in the month of September for that reason. (I dread the phone calls from school.) He also needs us to sit with him throughout daily homework, to keep him focused and to prevent frustration. This can take up to two hours an evening after I’ve already worked at the day job for eight hours. 😦 Since my husband was recently promoted at work, his schedule has changed and he’s not home until later each day. Thankfully, we’ve hired an after-school caregiver who will get our son on track with homework, even before I arrive home.

    In the past, I’ve written solely at night, generally from 7 – 9 pm and then 10 – 11 if I could summon the energy after putting my son to bed. Now that my husband is home in the evenings and going to bed around 9:30, I’m considering a new schedule starting September. I would get up at 5am Tuesday – Friday when my husband leaves for work, exercise 20 minutes (either Pilates DVD or treadmill in our garage), shower/dress the next 20 minutes and then WRITE from 5:45 – 6:45. I would then follow my regular schedule getting my son up for school and off to work. I’d try to get another hour or two of revisions accomplished in the evening (since I gave up most tv). Hmm. We’ll see. I’m not much of a morning person, but I really want to get this book finished this year.

    What do you think?

    1. Wow, you have such a full plate, Jolyse! I feel like a slug by comparison. I am also not a morning person, but my high school son’s band schedule is waking me up three days a week before 6 a.m. Ugh. I’m thinking I should use that early morning time to knock out some work.

      As to Writer’s Journey, I thought the information was great. However, I thought the book was rather long for what it presented. I’m kind of a stickler in this regard: With nonfiction, I want the author to get me the goods in as quick and compelling a way as possible. With Vogler’s book, I felt like I could have gotten all of that information in a half-day seminar or a book about half the size it was. I just started WIRED FOR STORY, so I’ll let you know how that one goes.

  2. Awesome!
    My daughter starts kindergarten Wed, but my MIL is still here until Sunday, so, even though the kid will be out, I have to entertain the MIL. But I can’t wait to get back to writing. I have so much I want to do and write!
    Yay for starting Zumba again!
    Have a great week, Julie!

    1. Hope the first day of kindergarten went well! I remember crying after leaving each child. I was happy that they were growing up, but so emotional to be away from them and see them going through that milestone.

      As for Zumba, I am SORE!!! Happy writing, Juliana!

  3. I’m looking forward to school starting, too, but it doesn’t help my productivity since I work full time at an office. I’ll enjoy the structure that school requires though. 🙂 Congrats on your goal progress!

  4. My youngest starts preschool this year, it’s just 2-hrs, 2-days a week, BUT, my oldest will be in school all day this year and my youngest still naps. I have my fingers crossed for very productive afternoons. It’s hard to believe this summer is almost over, but with the leaves already changing color here I’m forced to believe.
    Looks like you had a fab week, Julie, well done.

    1. You make incredible progress with the kids in the home! I don’t know if I could have written these books when my kids were little. Maybe. Of course, I wish I’d tried back then.

      The leaves are changing color already? Wow. In Southeast Texas, it’s really summer until about mid-October.

  5. I expect to actually get less accomplished once my kids are back in school, but I’m not a stay-at-home parent. My wife, however, is, and she’s preparing for going into the military, so my responsibilities are slowly ramping up toward an inevitable three-month period when I’ll have my kids on my own.

    Once my kids, one in preschool and one in first grade, are back to a normal routine, the messy situation in the house should die down, but the daily evening routine of helping with homework, reading, etc., will probably make up for that.

    Don’t get me wrong… I love the school year, but I’m not exactly sure that this will mean less work for me.

    Congrats on your progress, and I hope you can really kick it into overdrive once your sons are back at school.

    1. Thanks, Mike! Here’s hoping you don’t lose too much productivity, but still find time for family. And please thank your wife for her service, and of course to you all, since I know that military families make sacrifices as well.

  6. School doesn’t really affect me, as I’m normally at work when my daughter’s at school. But what’s weird is not having to do all the taxiing any more – because she got her license a couple months ago! It’s nice, but I also miss our conversations on the way to school in the morning. Good job on your goals, and keep up the good work!

    1. My son keeps reminding me how close he is to getting a driving permit. I’ve heard other parents say that it is a blessing for them to drive because then you don’t have to take them everywhere. However, I also have some of my best conversations with my kids in the car, so I’ll miss that. Thanks, Jennette!

  7. All too soon the day will come when those boys will be off on their own lives — college, work, travel, and that house will be quiet. Enjoy every hectic moment! As for the writing, good progress. I’m fascinated by your sending SHARING HUNTER out before revision is “complete,” an issue I struggle with as the darn wip never ‘feels’ complete! May Prince Charming (your potential agent) fall in love!

    1. Thanks, Beth! I also hesitated so long with the other books, but this time I felt like it was “good enough” to send out and I could keep tweaking it to make it better. I am taking a short break from querying, though.

    1. Well, Mindi, I’ve reached the point of not feeling like I’m putting out fires all of the time. I’m not editing and writing as much as I’d like yet, but I’m not scrambling either. So it’s all good! Enjoy the routine of school. Happy writing!

  8. I’m looking forward to bigger blocks of writing time next week. This summer the days got all chopped up,especially this month with my son’s morning cross country practices. 🙂 Happy back to school!

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