This morning I popped into the school to hand over my (CRB) criminal record check, so that they have a copy. I now need to speak with Ben's teacher to arrange when she would like me to come in and help with reading. Then, I'll just need to go in for a quick induction and I'm all set.
Because I helped out at the Autumn Fair, I also got an invite to a 'Friends' meeting. Organised it with my dad. He'll have the kids, so I can attend it Tuesday. I would like to get more involved with the school where I can. Not to the point it takes over, but that I feel I'm supporting my local community.
So then I start panicking. Am I doing too much? Will it eat into my writing time? But I want to do these things and what better resource of inspiration than children.
I want to really get on with this writing lark and start making money from it! So I'm trying to do as much as I can in the time I'm given
My evenings have been spent solid editing my novel at the moment - I've got a bug for it, while the characters are talking to me, I just feel I've got to write it! But I'm working so hard, my RSI has flared up!
Then, I have to go to work this afternoon. Only three hours, but it looms over me like a very heavy lead weight. This aids my worry. Once I'm there I'm fine - ish, but getting there is depressing. I can't grumble (although I do), it's regular money, (I need a regular small income) but it makes me miserable. Those three hours could be spent editing my novel, writing a short story, or reading for my assignment, or even, having fun with my kids.
My dream is to make enough from writing I can give up this job. That's my objective for this year.
Generally, I am an organised person. But I fret. Whereas when I worked full time, I knew the environment, and that generally I could go in and get done what needed to be done. Here, I have many external things, beyond my control, I find it hard to schedule.
I've decided, in the mornings, while I drink my first cup of coffee, this will be updating blog and catching up with emails etc. time. I've even set the timer on the oven to make sure I don't get carried away - so I only have half an hour!
I only get three hours a day free time. So need to use those wisely - some have to be taken up with exercise, too. Today, after my coffee, I have got to vacuum upstairs. The sooner I get that done, the quicker I can be back down here sorting out some of my writing.
I want to sort out the four short stories I've written and see if they're any good for somewhere like the People's Friend. They are too long for Take A Break, and after reading their requirements, I'm not sure I could write a story to fit.
Right, that's my alarm going off! Time to get to the housework...