What a busy fortnight I’ve had! First I got The Liebster Award then a couple of days later, Mumsnet awarded me, their coveted, Blog of The Day – for the second time! Aside from having excellent taste in blogs, Mumsnet are proving to be a great, supportive community.
Then, as well as the normal day-to-day jobs I do every week, I’ve also had; eldest child birthday, school christmas fair, business documents/proposals, made a sheep costume, prep for a Christmas party, Christmas cards and presents – wrapping and tree are next, I could go on… all these tasks conspire to push my writing down the list.
When you become a mother, the needs of your family
come first. You move further down the priority list
with every child you bear. This is a mother’s heart.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>(It’s my heart – Z)
A quick search on Wikipedia revealed: of the top 50 fiction writers 11 are women. I doubt Haruki Murakami or Stephen King have to interrupt their writing to wipe a child’s bottom after a poo or settle an argument over whether Bear can use the force or not.
A good day is when the children are at school and I’m in a real flow with my writing, bursting with productivity… unfortunately, I can’t escape then either. My dear husband will often interrupt (my short) working day with a call to say he will be home in 5 minutes, “Good news! I thought I’d come home and treat you to a nice lunch with me.” Then he gives me his sandwich order – yes really! He works very hard in a highly technical industry but slips into 1950’s man mode on crossing the magic portal/front door.
Yes, I can support my husband and be there for my children – fulfilling all my roles, but now I have another role. I am a writer. I know this because I can tick nearly all the boxes on this list: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/writing/online-writer-in-residence/blog/496
IMAGE: Bear held by smallest child.