Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Break and a Pie Half-Baked

Summer Break!  

Now that school's out for summer, instead of blissful silence to write each week's post, I need to defer to the wonderful babysitter of over 150 channels of cable!  As I write this, Phineas and Ferb steals my attention from time to time.  Oh that Candace! Will she ever "bust" her brothers?

Oops!  Sorry!  I need to focus.   Focus. Focus. Focus.

 A Pie Half-Baked

This phrase refers to the progress of my second novel: Secrets, Lies and Apple Pies.  I've reached the middle, the halfway point, the close-but-no-cigar marker, the almost-only-counts-in-horseshoes status. 

Recently, I read an article about how not to write a novel or ever see it published.  Turns out getting a full night's sleep including no longer waking up early so your kid doesn't miss the bus, having a house free of grass clippings/dirty laundry/dirty dishes/dirty muddy feet, spending time carting said children all over the world, cooking anything considered edible for dinner, applying layer upon layers of sunblock to everyone in your family, pretending and attempting and falling miserably short to make your backyard look like something out of Better Homes and Gardens, setting up a 12 foot wading pool and filling it for three days with the garden hose while telling your children you never had something like this growing up, and watching any amount of television including Phineas and Ferb or catching up on the new season of Real Housewives of NYC on Bravo (among many other activities including yelling, "Stop it!" several times a day to previously mentioned children on summer break) actually prevents a novel from ever, ever, ever getting written. 

(... but it all does make good fodder for a blog entry!)

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