Although I dream of one day making more than the odd dinner bill from my writings, I am one of those authors who writes in their spare time. This week I returned to work after 6 weeks of maternity leave plus 6 weeks of working from home part-time. My commute is an hour in each direction. I have a two year old and a 13 week old. So when do I find time to write?
I'd like to say that I stay up late to write, but my little nurseling gets me up several times a night so I need as much asleep as I can squeeze in between the time I turn off the lights and the alarm clock goes off. I'd like to say I wake up even earlier than my normal 4:45AM wake-up (usually after a 4AM feeding), but that's not going to happen. So do I write on weekends? Neither. My weekends are filled with chores and spending time with my children who I normally only see awake for 2-3 hours a day during the work week.
Don't get me wrong, I do have free time. After the kids are in bed and I've washed all the bottles and my pumping equipment, I have about 1 hour before bed time. During that time I can make calls to my members of congress because the current political system is just too FUBAR'ed to not say something. I plan to start throwing in some exercise during that time once I'm getting enough sleep to be coordinated. Eventually I may write again once I get enough mental and physical capacity to do anything other than crash on the couch beside my husband who pretty much runs the same schedule as me.
Right now, there just isn't any spare time to be had. Someone asked me when I will write again. It might take me a few months or even years, but I will write again.