Babies and Publications
I am a father to six week old twins. Rosemary Luna and Juliette Aurora are gorgeous beyond belief, but as you can imagine, I have not done much writing since my last post. When I last posted, I was hoping to knock out another four chapters before the end of the summer, but my wife gave birth only 6 days after that. I'm now halfway through the next chapter, and that's from starting to finally write again in this last week.
Progress is excruciatingly slow, slower than I've ever written before while not being at a complete standstill. The fact is, I don't have time to write at home any more and the only way I can avoid spending the next year (or more) at a complete standstill is to write during my planning period at school. It's taken some getting used to. In the past, I'd devote a whole evening or afternoon to writing (if not a whole day); I would take 30 minutes to an hour to get settled: reading over what I've already read, looking at my notes, my planning, and doing other things to get myself perfectly in the mood and place to write. Then I could write for a very productive and very long time.
Transitioning to writing in a 45-50 minute block every day has been a challenge to say the least. But maybe it's good for me. I'm adapting, becoming more efficient. Everyday it's a bummer to have to stop and go back to teaching, especially after only writing such a small portion, but the fact is I am writing and progress, however small, is being made. My schedule is potentially very conducive to writing at school. With the girls waking up in the wee hours of the morn, I'm already awake and able to get to work very early to get all my planning done. That opens up my lunch and my planning period to free time and allows me to leave right after school to get home. With 4th lunch, 5th creative writing (that's right, I teach High School Creative Writing now), and 6th period planning, I could potentially write for three straight periods if I'm giving my writing students a day to just work on their own stuff. We're building up to that and hopefully it will happen soon. Then there are the weekends, and long weekends like this one, where writing is made possible by the fact that I'm not at a complete stand still.
I guess you could say I'm doing the best I can. I'm not happy with it but it's all I've got. Grad classes will start soon and we'll see how that affects my schedule. On a high note, I have another story, "Quittin' Time," being published at Every Day Fiction on the 7th. Be sure to check that out!
Until next time, I'm Eric and I'm a published short story writer, unpublished novelist, husband, father of two, full-time teacher, and part-time graduate student.