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Tansy Rayner Roberts

SuperMamaWriter

August 24th, 2010 at 21:52

I’ve spent the last several weeks sinking into a slow swamp of rewrites, but I can finally see a glimpse of sunshine, and if you don’t record the good days, somehow they get forgotten faster than anything else.

So today I:

edited seven chapters of Book 2, including three really tricky ones that needed New Writing, and one scene I’ve been planning to write for several months and only just got around to.

while also: shopping for baby food, doing laundry, ridding the kitchen of a scary large pile of washing up, cooking a beef casserole for dinner, baking a batch of cupcakes for Raeli to take for a school fundraiser tomorrow (Children’s Book Week means CAKE)

Partly I want to point out to myself that I can in fact do enough work to justify putting Jem in a full day of daycare a week (though she’ll be back to half days from next week – this was an emergency measure put in to help deal with a sudden extra workload.

And then I get worried that I’ll expect myself to achieve that level of domestic/professional awesomeness all the time, and fall in a heap.

Then I remember all the other things I should have done today – or, more properly, BEFORE today.

Then I tell myself not to be so hard on myself, because I had a good day, and the chances of a day available to work and a GOOD DAY’S WORK actually colliding are pretty rare, actually, and the very fact that I have only had a few full days of daycare in itself piles SO MUCH PRESSURE on that day that the fact that I get anything creative done is in itself a miracle.

So um yes. It was a good day, which is not something I take for granted. And I’m almost done with this book. Then I get a few days of leisure (ha!) to plan the trip to Melbourne, prepare for my panels, and hang out with my girls before I neglect them for a week.

Tomorrow I will take Raeli to school (the one day a week I do the drop off), take baby Jem in later to visit Raeli’s school for the Book Week Parade, take Jem to daycare in the afternoon, spend the next two hours doing a small amount of work such as editing two chapters and possibly posting some dolls, then pick up Raeli and take her to gymnastics.

Heh. Possibly all my days contain awesome achievements, just of different varieties. Thank goodness all my favourite podcasts have new episodes out. It makes the drudge work so very undrudgey. I look forward to housework now!

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One Response to “SuperMamaWriter”

  1. Freiya Says:

    Hi Tansy,
    Sorry, I know this isn’t really the relevant place to write this but I’m not sure where is so…
    Anyway, Hi! I was browsing a bookstore today when I found (and promptly bought) Power and Majesty, and reading the brief Author’s Note I realised that you wrote a sequel to Splashdance Silver. I freaking LOVE that book and have have reread it countless times over the last 7 or 8 years, or however long I’ve had a copy, but I never realised that there was a sequel!! I can’t seem to find it anywhere online (not that my computer literacy is all that impressive…) so I thought I’d ask you if you know of anywhere that I could get my hands on a copy. I’d love to revisit Mocklore!!
    I am really enjoying Power and Majesty and would be absolutely stoked to find Liquid Gold somewhere!
    Thank you for my favourite rainy day book!! :D
    Cheers,
    Freiya

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