I give up… I give up, and I surrender…my Saturday evenings in order to make this work.
As I mentioned in the last post, something had to change, so I made a change… This weekend, I switched up my regular Saturday / Sunday schedules and it yielded nearly three times the number of writing hours as usual.
Usually, I do my big weekly cleaning crazy-early on Sunday morning, I mean, insanely early, like starting at around 4:45 am on average, and on average it usually takes about 2 hours to complete the work. Yesterday evening, after writing, I did the cleaning, and because of this, today I was able to get up at about 5:00 am and use the following two hours for writing instead of housework. Then after doing the weekly ironing and prepping for the day and eating breakfast, I did two more hours, and later in the afternoon, after stopping by the graduation open house of one of my students, I got in just over two more hours…and it was good, very good! In working on revising The Hidden today, I experienced emotions that ranged from head shaking, “what the heck was I thinking when I wrote that part…?” to teary-eyed, “NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ‘BOUT!”
So yeah, not that I have such rousing and exciting Saturday evenings anyway, but this will be a sacrifice, a change in the usual in favor of something better. Of course I’ll still make time for friends and the occasional Saturday evening chill time, but overall, I’m giving it up.