It has been a hard week. Apart from one good night, I was averaging 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Then, with the puppies and kittens, it was just bananas. Oh, and Nathan was in Canberra, so it was all on me. A regular daylight hour would look like this:
Sit down to get some writing done.
Get up – somebody has jumped on the dining table; Posie barks.
Get up – the water bowl is empty.
Get up – Posie needs to go outside.
Get up – Posie needs to come back in.
Get up – the kittens have knocked over a lamp; Posie barks.
Get up – the mailman knocked on the front door; both dogs bark.
Get up – the kittens have gotten tangled in the cords behind the TV; Posie barks.
Get up – Rupert needs to go outside.
No, just tricking, he just wants a treat.
The cats heard the treat packet, and now they want a treat too.
Get up – Rupert really does need to go outside this time.
Get up – the kittens are scratching the furniture; Posie barks.
Get up – Rupert needs to come back in.
Get up – Rupert and Clover are fighting; Posie barks.
Go and fetch the crate; set it up; put Rupert inside.
Rupert is upset and whining for my attention; Posie barks.
The phone rings.
The kittens jump and drag their claws down the curtains; Posie barks.
Look at the clock, look at my word count, and despair.
Go insane and jump out the window, running far away, never to return.
There were a few stretches here and there where everybody was asleep and it was heavenly, so I did eventually get some writing done. Which was just as well – I had a deadline this week. I had to submit work for a masterclass I am attending in April, and it was nerve-wracking. I can’t say too much, other than that this class is a golden opportunity. It’s a very big deal. It wasn’t an ideal week to have such a big deadline, but I got there in the end and I’m so proud.
I can’t wait until I can finally share my work, or be able to say “you can buy my book at X”. It will be indescribably sweet.
Oh – it was also Valentine’s Day! I was completely taken by surprise when a lady knocked on my door with flowers and treats (as in, completely taken by surprise – I was in pajamas, looking like I’d been dragged through a hedge backwards). Nathan wasn’t here, but he still made it lovely. And I also did Galentine’s oysters and Pimms with Mum and Caitlin, any excuse.