Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The writing mommy: Genius or insanity?

I’ve always been a hard worker. Whether it was mastering a new dance technique or tackling a math problem in school (this really says a lot about my dedication because to this day, I hate math.) Then my senior year in high school I was obsessed with earning scholarships so I could afford to attend Baylor University. And this continual theme of dedication, boarder-lining workaholic syndrome continued as I went out into the workforce. I became the youngest director in a major advertising agency’s history, worked public relations in NYC and directed commercials and promotional campaigns for CBS Television.

But what does all of this have to do with diaper changes? I thought I was busy but when I had my daughter almost a year ago it didn’t take long to realize that my previous years of hard work were in truth—nothing compared to the hectic, crazy, busy life I lead today. As an author and freelance writer working from home, I’ve learned how to not just be creative with my writing, but also be creative with my time.

Now that I am responsible for someone else, I wake up earlier and go to bed later. I’ve never run a marathon, but I think being a writing mommy is very similar. Endurance and consistency is key. I also am more realistic of my goals. I’ve learned to be flexible and not freak out if I don’t finish the entire to do list.

I’ve always loved to write. When I left the PR/Communications world to become a full-time writer, the decision didn’t shock anyone. Since my daughter was born last summer, I’m always reminded about the joys of taking little writing breaks. It’s amazing what her bright smile can do for a challenging scene I’m struggling with. Sometimes, we even work together as this picture indicates. Personally, I think her laptop is way cuter.

So, is being a writing mommy genius or insanity? Hmmm….it probably depends on what day you ask me! Ha! Just kidding, I wouldn’t trade my occupation for anything in the world. Are you a mommy writer or working from home mommy? Share your tricks, cocktail recipes, or any advice in a comment.


I finished reading “Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer” this week and personally it was a blog changing experience for me. Any writer or anyone with a career that can benefit from a blog (and these days that list keeps growing) MUST READ THIS BOOK. Yes, I used all caps and I meant it.

My non-fiction, “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” is available for $2.99. A percentage of the profits go to The Texas A&M Foundation to the benefit of the Neurology Section, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinarian Medicine. Texas A&M CVM published a wonderful article regarding my book.

Blog Mash-up:

It may not be a blog, but today at the #WeWrite Twitter hashtag initiated by authors Jennifer Holbrook-Talty and Anna DeStefano the discussion how creatively do you handle backstory? I've always been fascinated with this topic.

A great post by Jennifer Laughran at her Literaticat blog titled, "Selling Yourself, and Selling Yourself Short." A great read if you're getting ready for a conference like I am.

An interesting (as always) post by Bob Mayer at Write It Forward titled, "Selling 1,000 E-Books a Day." This industry is quickly evolving and Bob is always my go-to-guy on great information.

And everyone should read Kristen Lambs topic on "What Star Trek can Teach Us About Great Writing" at her Warrior Writer blog


  1. I definitely feel you and others in your position deserve an award. We only have cats and they're barely manageable. I can't imagine the number of distractions or even how you handle all of it. Kudos and happy revising!

  2. Actually, sometimes Oscar is most demanding of the two! Everyone is busy in their own way. I'm shifting this blog to serve my readers with time management and tactical skills. This is the best way I can serve the writing community and my followers.