Writing...With Children: Time Crunch

Hi, friends.

I know I've been a little lax in my blogging lately and my brand new "Three Weeks Into January" resolution is to start blogging each and every day, even if what I blog about is not TV related.

So, I've mentioned this before: my secret novel-writing shame. I've been working on a few different manuscripts over the past two-and-a-half years. I have one in fairly decent shape, one in kind of OK shape, and one in such a shape that my mom dubbed it "cheesy." Whatever ends up happening with these novels (and I've promised myself I'm going to start shopping at least one of them around this year), just working on them keeps me sane and happy.

I've carved out a pretty decent schedule for myself, writing during nap times and on the weekends.

But now, my son has stopped napping (!)

He'll let me put a movie on for him during "quiet time" while his sister naps and I can get some work done, but that doesn't always buy me much time. Sometimes he accidentally falls asleep during A Bugs Life or Space Jam or whatever he happens to be watching. Those are good days.

And it's really not that bad because Baby Cookies still takes herself a morning nap (during which I am typing this blog post). But she won't take that morning nap forever. In fact, I feel the "no nap" tide starting to turn.

So, stay-at-home parents of young people who no longer nap, how do you deal? How do you get everything you need to get done around the house or in your work life or whatever when you have kids underfoot who require near-constant attention? I guess what I'm asking is, do I need to locate the ghost of Albus Dumbledore and ask him for the time turner he gave to Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban?

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