Earlier this week, LG Smith at Bards and Prophets went into full mommy mode and told me to quit with the blogging already and get to work. It was just in a comment, but I could see her standing there giving me the same look I give my kids.
Instead of taking her advice, I consumed large amounts of coffee, did some of my homework, wrote a chapter, and read everyone's posts (I hope I got to everyone). I even cleaned my house and watched some TV. By bedtime last night, I was ahead of schedule with my homework for the week. I felt awesome and optimistic.
But because the universe needs balance and loves to mess with me, I woke up feeling incredibly sick.
So I did not do my homework.
I did not write.
I did not clean.
I honestly don't remember if I read a single blog post this morning.
I did let my mind work on my novel while watching a marathon of Say Yes to the Dress. I clarified my characters and worked out a few scenes. I'm going to count that as writing for 20 minutes even though I didn't write a word. Fingers crossed I remember it in the morning - maybe I should jot down some notes or something....
Now I'm super behind on my homework. I need to read one more very dense chapter of literary theory - it's about 25 pages. I've been getting through the chapters at the rate of about two pages in 30 minutes (yes, I'm paying money for this). Even though it's a hard read, I can see the benefit of it already - it's helping me look at my stories from new perspectives, which is cool.
Starting now I'll be taking LG's advice. I will drop out of the blogosphere until I get my homework done and get through the tough part of my novel (the actual writing of the words).
Feel free to scold me if I pop in. I probably will.
Actually, I do owe Julie Flanders a post to promote her novel - I will get to that next week. Promise. Meanwhile, just go to her site and check out her cover and blurb - it looks amazing.