Bloggus Interruptus

I’m baaa-aaack! [In Which the Ever-Suffering Mother Writes More About Writing and Less About Mothering, with a Rather Large Focus on Blogging. You Have Been Warned.]

After sixteen different blog post ideas floating around my head all morning, I find myself at the computer and at a loss for words. In fact, I’ve just interrupted myself to write three different emails, post a file for critique on one of my writing group websites, and locate a book on the shelf that is totally unrelated to anything.

So. Los Angeles. It was wonderful. Great food. Some total wins in thrift/vintage shops. Enjoyable movie (Easy A: it features an adolescent who is wittier than most adults I know and thus unbelievable as a teen, yet so endearingly funny that it doesn’t really matter).

I thought I had decided to cut my blog posts down to two per week, but then I read this post on Christi Craig’s blog. The summary, for you minxes who can’t be bothered to do the research yourselves, is that writers need to practice the craft, set tasks for themselves, and  submit that work for publication.

I, the Ever-Suffering Mother, feel that I should get an automatic pass. Every spare moment is pretty much devoted to writing (as the state of my kitchen floor, the pile of dishes in the sink, the grimy bathrooms, and my lonely Husband will attest). Giving myself a Pass from practice, however, will not help my writing.

While all of my energy has been reserved for the new novel-in-the-works, I haven’t wanted to write here very much. I get an idea every now and then, but it has been difficult to focus, develop something, spend time on a deserving idea. If I approach the blog posts as writing exercises, though…maybe it could work.

I don’t know the answer.

I do know that I had a great time in Los Angeles, not worrying about the blog, or my daughter, or anything else for that matter. Just hanging out with D-Chan. It was wonderful.


  1. Dana · October 20, 2010

    I had a wonderful time too! Start saving your money for another trip! 😀

    • bethhull · October 21, 2010

      Yes, as soon as I pay Husband back all the fun-money I borrowed from him!

  2. Christi Craig · October 21, 2010

    Beth, Thanks for the mention. As a fellow Mother Writer, I agree we should get an automatic pass some days. Darn that dust and laundry!

    What I’ve found is that a certain points in my life, I am able to write more (short stories, work on that novel, maintain that blog), and then less at other times. During those days or months when finding time to write seems impossible, the best I can do is not beat myself up. Writing, just like life, waxes and wanes.

    By the way, there’s a great group on called Mother Writers – lots of other women sharing their experience and tips on stealing moments to write. Good luck to you. And, thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • bethhull · October 21, 2010

      Christi, thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment, and for the website recommendation and the encouragement!

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