The day has finally arrived when I have two kids in school. Sure, the youngest only has preschool two days a week and only for a couple of hours at a time, but it's a start. I now have the house to myself twice a week on a regular schedule. I can focus on the trickier parts of my manuscript, work out plot points that need my full concentration, and make phone calls without having the kids chase me around, asking for milk and sandwiches.
At least that's my plan. After only one week, I've already discovered that it'll take all my will power not to fritter away those precious few hours. The first day that I dropped my youngest off at school, I immediately went grocery shopping and then got my hair cut. By the time I got back home, it was almost time to pick him up from school again, so I finished reading the newspaper and cleaned up the kitchen. I have no idea what I did on the second day of school. It's now just a vague memory, but I'm pretty sure I didn't actually work on my book. Part of the reason is that I've been practicing for my book signing tour and part of the reason is that there are so many other things to get done without any little ones following me around.
I need to find a balance if I'm going to use my free time to its fullest advantage. I'll have to create some sort of system that allows me to work on my book for the majority of the time but still leaves a small window for cleaning the breakables or running a quick errand. I'm sure I'll sort it out after a few weeks. For now, I just have to stay focused and resist the lure of the TV remote. At least until I finish my latest manuscript.