Hello. My name is Ashley O’Melia, and it has been at least three weeks since my last writing session. You know why? Summer break. Oh, it isn’t a break for me, not by a long shot. No, summer break means my kids are home all the time to ask for snacks, fight with each other, and basically keep me thoroughly distracted.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids and I love spending time with them. Cereal in the living room while we have a My Little Pony marathon on a Wednesday morning? Well, who could resist that? Spontaneously deciding to bake chocolate chip cookies on a Thursday afternoon? Heck yeah! But all of this means that my writing schedule has been thoroughly, utterly blown off course. And I NEED a schedule.
So after far too many days of floating along and promising myself I would do it tomorrow, I finally sat down at my computer this afternoon to write. I edited the first chapter of my most recent novel. I hated it. I attempted to write a funny and poignant blog post. It was humorless and pointless. I did some freewriting. I usually do this on my laptop because my brain can’t keep up with my typing speed. I didn’t even save it.
So here’s to another writing session tomorrow (hopefully). Here’s to finding the time to take for myself and write all the horrific drivel possible in the space of an hour, just to get it out of my system and dig back down to the good stuff. Here’s to that moment when my brain says, “Oh, so THAT’S what you wanted me to do? Okay, cool.” Here’s to recognizing and appreciating that moment when it happens, whether I’m at my desk, squashed under a pile of children on the couch, or hiding in the basement. Here’s to summer writing.