escape – #whatimwriting

It’s 10.40 on a Tuesday morning and I haven’t written my #WhatImWriting post yet! This isn’t like me, it’s normally written and scheduled for 6.55 am by the time I got to bed on Monday night.sad rose

But this hasn’t been a week (or two) of sticking to routines, it’s been a fortnight of running from pillar to post and coping with three kids (one with an ear infection), the house, work stuff and an ill husband all by myself. I’ve known my husband for twenty years and I’ve never seen him in such a bad way as he was last week. He had hand, foot and mouth disease and tonsillitis and the combination basically meant he could barely eat, sleep, talk or move. It was pretty awful. Thankfully he is now on the mend but it’s left the pair of us pretty knackered.

But we all got through it and although I may have dropped a couple of balls along the way, in general I think I managed to keep most of them in the air and juggled them into the right position! Phew.

Weirdly (is it weird? I dunno) the blog posts I wrote while this was all going on made no mention of any of it. It was just business as usual as far as the blog was concerned. I admit I avoided anything personal – my last #WhatImWriting post was a jokey quiz rather than saying anything about my actual writing week –  but then that’s not too unusual for me anyway. Funny thing was, blogging that way made me feel better. I always thought blogging could be cathartic because of the potential to share stuff but last week I found the catharsis was there by having an area of my life that kept up appearances and continued regardless. Not to mention the fact that two of the posts I wrote – an alphabet story and a piece of micro fiction –  were creative. The fictional world was my escape!

Anyway, as you may imagine, I haven’t done much other writing recently. I’m nowhere near the goal I set myself of having three picture book manuscripts ready for submission by the end of Feb. It’s disappointing but I have to cut myself some slack. I can’t do everything.

Better go –  it’s half term and the kids are milling around. Have lovely, healthy weeks everyone!

Muddled Manuscript

22 thoughts on “escape – #whatimwriting

  1. Nicola Young

    I am so amazed that you managed to do all that last week despite everything that went on. Hat’s off to you. In a way, the blog was probably your little bit of normality in and amongst all the craziness around you. Sorry I can’t make #whatimwiring this week. Will be back to normal next week.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Nikki – yes, I think you’re exactly right about that. Don’t worry about this week – I look forward to catching up next week. x

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    1. Maddy Post author

      In a funny way, getting through it gave me a boost – psychologically anyway (physically I’m still pretty wiped)! Thanks Carol. xx

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  2. Reneé

    Sounds like you’ve had a really stressful time of it hon, and I’m pleased you’ll be cutting yourself some slack! I may have written a 1500 word short story for the Writers & Artists Yearbook competition, which was very much my escape from my own horrendous week.

    Glad everyone is now on the mend. Hope you get to enjoy half term. Sending hugs and chocolate xxx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Ooh well done for writing the story – let me know how it goes! Sorry you’re having such a tough time. Thanks for the hugs and choc – sending some to you too. xx

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  3. Dana

    Whoa Maddy, that is quite a rough one! I’m glad to hear your husband is on the mend. It’s so hard when you’re solo parenting and tending to a sick spouse. I think it very interesting and rather great how you avoided all that in your posts. Sometime I feel the urge to spill everything as it’s happening and other times I would rather keep one thing untouched from the madness! Here’s hoping the next week is a bit less harried.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Dana. I think there’s something to be said for having a part of your life that sails on regardless of the daily grind! xx

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  4. Emily Organ

    It’s good to hear your husband is starting to feel a bit better, sometimes you just have to let everything drop when you’re coping with these curveballs. Fingers crossed that when half term is over and he’s fully recovered you’ll find more time for writing again. I’m getting nothing done during half term either, we’re out doing things or I’m having to constantly monitor the children’s arguments and fights at home! Hopefully they’ll calm down and give me a moment to get something done x

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I’m longing to have more time to write again – half term is a bit frustrating like that! I like the slower pace of life but the lack of time to myself is hard. Hope you find time to get some writing done too! xx

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  5. Aimee

    Oh lovely – this sounds awful. I’m so glad your husband is on the mend. Try and be kind to yourself and rest if you can, otherwise you’ll work yourself into the ground! xx

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  6. Iona@redpeffer

    Oh no, that sounds incredibly hard. Glad things seem to be on the mend now. I think the blog is cathartic in many different ways-but mostly because it allows us the space to write what we want, how we want and why we want. I hope you find half term relaxing rather than hectic x

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  7. Sophie Lovett

    Gosh sounds like you’ve had a nightmare couple of weeks! Glad to hear your husband’s feeling better – hopefully all will be back to normal soon… Well done for keeping all the balls in the air though. I totally identify with that desire to sometimes keep real life off the blog for a bit when times are tough. It’s sometimes good to share of course – but taking your mind off things definitely has it’s benefits too! X

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Sophie. I suspect if I went into full-on whinge mode on my blog it would make me feel worse – horribly exposed. Somethings are just for best friends! x

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  8. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    I only tend to mention the crappy stuff in passing, I prefer to write fun posts as a way of taking my mind off it and cheering myself up. Although, I think I may have been quite vocal about the snow! I really hope this week is going better for you. I’ll give you a laugh… after my rubbishy week last week… my husband slipped on ice on Saturday and broke his hand, he’ll be in a cast for at least six weeks!!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Oh no Sara – I guess that’s a ‘you have to laugh or you’ll cry’ moment! What a few weeks you’ve had! Hope it mends soon! xx

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  9. Morgan Prince

    Like you said sometimes the not sharing is better, you get to keep a part of yourself on your ‘normal’ routine. Glad to hear that your hubby is on the mend and things are settling down for you. When you have a family and household to run it’s impossible to set yourself goals and keep them, there’s always something that crops up. This week being half term means the kids are all home and so less writing gets done. I hope you can get back to writing after half term but in the mean time have a great break. xx

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