It’s not that I have no discipline. Or motivation. Or anything else that is a “must” for a writer. It’s that what I do have is a life. A 50 hour a week to pay the mortgage and buy essentials like, you know, food life. And I have a three year old. That right there is like giving birth to your own personal space/time continuum distortion device. Then there’s the husband. And the dog. BIG damn dog that needs to be walked, brushed and otherwise maintained in such a way that she doesn’t get pissed enough to take a St. Bernard sized bite out of my ass as a reminder to attend to her needs. Then there’s my Mom, half mad in a nursing home and calling up to 15 times a day (which is down from last Fall’s 40+ calls a day – YAY for short term memory returning!)
So – can I produce 1000 words a day? Not so much. Can I write everyday? Probably not. Do I want to? Oh yes!!
But I clearly need a catalyst, something to make this something I can think about for more time than, say, the drop off drive to preschool. A mechanism that can inspire me to write, without degrading my dreams simply because the house payment ballooned unexpectedly. And here it is – A Round of Words In 80 Days.
A writing challenge that I might just be able to stick with for more than 3 days. Maybe. Hopefully. I can. I will stick to it. As long as the pipes don’t burst, or that fractured tree in the sideyard doesn’t fall and suck up my time demanding mops or a chainsaw.
I’ll go now and write my goals.
Actually, I’ll do it tomorrow. It’s past six and the kiddo needs dinner.