Delay and the Next Generation of Writers


I am one of a group of writers. We have a special name.

We are slower to publish new material. Our blog posts are less consistent and sometimes go a week or more without anything new. Sleep deprivation is a reasonable excuse for not writing for us. We have to hope our art, our great storytelling, gets through to people even when we have to prioritize fevers and school trips and homework and getting dinner on the table. We are the writers who need your patience because we are raising the next generation of writers. We are mothers.

Sometimes my writers block is because once a week or more for three months I had to drive two hours each way for a half hour appointment at Children’s Hospital (October, November and December of 2014) Or my editing is not up to par because I was running back and forth from one sick kid to another, to the bathroom to clean up and to the laundry room to keep the clean linens and towels moving for days. My book took an extra year to be published because I moved all seven kids, twelve goats, three barn cats, two dogs, and a variety of small caged animals and all our stuff to a new place. Add to that the new baby in 2012 and my book needed an extra year. My next one should come much faster especially as my baby will be three in a few weeks and by the end of 2015 I will have three teenagers, but I won’t be a one-book-a-year writer for at least a decade more.

The blessing is that I get to hear my older children tell me all about the idea for their next story. I get to edit their writing. They always list Writer on their list of career goals. I’m blessed by being a writing mother.

My friend’s daughter asked me to review her short story this last week. Her story was amazing, full of suspense and innovation. I’m first in line for the someday novel it will become. I get to use what I learn to guide these young writers in my care and in my life. My children show me book cover ideas and ask me for title ideas. I’m raising the next generation of writers in all their geekiness. We couldn’t tell you what the colors or mascots are for many sport teams(maybe any sports teams. Blue, green and what?), but we can recite all the Doctors and their Companions. We do marathons of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Star Wars, Babylon Five and so many other wonderful shows. We discuss the stories on the screen and on the page (paper or digital). These young writers give us insights we didn’t expect from their youthful perspectives in a modern world and they get our experience from writing over time from when it was a very different world not so long ago.

I want to be more attentive to my readers so I need feedback about what is best for you. I honestly don’t know the best ways to reach out to my readers. I hope you enjoy my book and, if so inclined, leave a review on Amazon. It has a really good position for a steampunk book due to the seven good reviews it has. I guess the more reviews the better! I, more than anything, want to get another book out for you. I love to tell stories through puppet performance or words on a page. I hope you enjoy the stories I and other busy mothers find miraculous snippets of time to create them.

So if you find I’m not around on the blog and you miss me leave comments, message me, reach out on my facebook page. I want to know what my readers think, what they want to know. It helps me with my writing and it helps me help other writers.

Happy reading in 2015! Happy writing to you young writers everywhere!