Here's how it's going this morning - and I'm just writing this and responding to comments, no serious writing. No hope of serious writing.
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SpongeBob is on (the Atlantis episode).
My little guy: "Hey! Hey! What's Encino?" while twisting my desk chair that I'm sitting in.
Me: "A place in California I think."
Him: "Encino is where pirates live!"
(Brief pause in the conversation while he watches the show.)
Him: "Hey, Mom! Hey, Mom! There's Plankton!"
(Sits quietly while taking in Plankton's schenanigans.)
Him: "All hail Plankton! Mom, can I have bacon?"
(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle commercial plays while son kicks my bed repeatedly. Pause. More kicking.)
(They changed the opening for a new episode. It's claymation instead of animation.)
Him: "Hey, they changed it! Is this SpongeBob? Where's SpongeBob under the sea?"
(Now he's holding onto my desk and doing round kicks into the drawer, not hard enough to hurt himself. Now back on the bed. It's animated again. I can see him wiggling his feet off the side of my bed.)
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Exhausting, isn't it? So I haven't written anything. I did read a chapter of the middle grade reader I wrote maybe two years ago. I love the story and the characterization, but noticed immediately the point of view was a hot mess.
(I just caught a glimpse of SpongeBob in utero on the TV. My son found it fascinating too and is standing next to me to get a closer look.)
I think it's good I noticed the point of view is not good. I know what I need to do to fix it. A part of me wants to put it in a drawer or in the garbage. But I wrote it for my kids, so I'm going to suck it up and put the time into it to make it an amazing story.
Note to self to pay more attention to POV on the first draft. Revisions to POV take too much work. Better to get it right the first time.
My small person is hanging off my bed saying, "Help me!" pretending to need a rescue. I think it's time to go outside and let him run.