Okay, fellow writers. I'm fessin' up.
My family is going to be here for Thanksgiving and I. Don't. Want. To. Stop. Writing.
You already know I'm not one of "those" writers. As in, the writing-is-my-oxygen type. Passionate, yes. Committed, yes. But not...well, one of "those" writers.
I mean, it's okay to BE one of "those" writers. I'm just not.
And here I am, blessed to have my family coming here for the second Thanksgiving in a row. Last year, it was my idea. This year, they invited themselves.
My family isn't like that, really. They're not the invite-yourselves type. (How annoying would that be?) So last year must've been a big hit.
So I'm glad they're coming. Really, I am.
It's just that I'm looking at the calendar and thinking, "Tuesday. Company arriving. No time to write. Wednesday. Baking pies and making broccoli-cheddar soup from scratch. No time to write. Thursday. Thanksgiving. Um..."
You get the idea.
Now, my parents like to have quiet time in the afternoons to read newspapers. Newspapers make me grouchy; they lie all over the house when my parents are here, making my little fingers black when I move them around. But I'm thinking newspapers will be my best friend next week. I may buy one of every paper I can get my hands on.
Because they can read and I can, yanno, write.
My sister's a different story, though. I WANT to have sister chattiness and go-out-for-coffeeness. I really do. But it's killing me to set aside my work.
I never dreamed there was a Type A personality tucked inside me.
So help me balance, will you? My goal is to finish Draft 3 (aka The Huge Rewrite) of my Dystopian project by December 31. And this Thanksgiving thing is a whole chunk of days to give up. Remind me that I can get back on track once the house has emptied. Remind me that I am a human being first, a writer second.
And if you're one of "those" writers, keep your belief that "writer" comes before "human being" to yourself. Please.
Because I never expected this from myself and I've only got a few days to get my head on straight.
Eagerly awaiting your words of wisdom...