I’m hunkered down again

January 30, 2008 | Karin's Blog | 9 comments

This time with copy edits. I’m working on IN HIS BED my novella in the ITALIAN STALLIONS antho (I’m still not used to that title). I had every intention of having them back to my editor by now, even with the heavy inserts, but it is not to be. I’ll overnight them tomorrow. There has been too much going on here at home. My oldest son is sick and has decided he needs to be over here infecting us. Oh, and I have to make him soup and grilled-cheese on demand. My youngest son woke up really ill this morning and wants to lay all over me like he was a two-year old again, and my youngest daughter and her fiancé have been spending way too much time over here just because they feel like it. Okay, that isn’t altogether true. They have been working on their wedding plans, but they eat everything, and don’t clean up very well after themselves.

But the bottom line is: No one seems to get the fact I need to WORK! Even my damn cat won’t leave me alone!! Frankly I’m confused by this. This has never, ever been an issue between me and my kids. I think they’re all regressing right now. Thank god the hubster still gets it. So, as I type this, my youngest son is coughing and moaning as if he had open heart surgery without the good drugs. Sigh. He wants NyQuil. I’m going to give him a double dose so I can get some peace and quiet.

What do you do when the family just wants you, and you have a gazillion other things to do, like your job?

Stir Krazy, K* would like to know…


  1. Michelle

    It’s a bit different for me, because my kids are 5 and 3. There isn’t a heck of a lot they can do without me anyway, LOL. But I try to be firm about them playing together or on their own and giving me some time to work. Sometimes I get what I want 🙂 .

  2. Edie

    I just have my cat and dog — who are very demanding and very loud. But nothing like you have. Hugs to you and your family. I know you’ll get the work on your novella done today. You have great determination.

  3. Holly D


    My kids are 13, 12, 8, 6, and 21 months. After the loss of two older pets we only have one cat and 5 hermit crabs. Oh, and a hubby of almost 18 years. I wouldn’t know how to get anything done without one or more needing my immediate attention.

    I’m sorry your kids are sick. I had to take my youngest 2 to the doctors last night. One has a raging ear infection and the other has a sinus infection.

    Good Luck with your sick ward and I have no doubt you’ll get the work done.

  4. Cele

    I am torn constantly, so constantly I have to ask, who won the first line contest? I apparently missed this.

    I am on call 24/7/365 literally. I have a pager and a cellphone. I was a single parent for much of my daughter’s childhood, she went to work with me on Christmas morning and we made a show of it. Now my grandson goes to work with me on the occasional Saturday morning.

    But I have been torn in the past because my job will demand my presence when I know my family wants me too. Thankfully they are all healthy and just want to be left alone when they do get sick.
    Okay except for my husband who turns in to a three year old. 🙂 then he wants the pampering that apparently comes from only me.

  5. Amanda

    Karin, so sorry everyone is so sick. I had them all sick about two weeks ago. I just try to squeeze in minutes between crisises.

    Good luck on finding your minutes.

  6. LaDonna

    Karin, the girls have their little families now, but I have playdays with the little ones, time together, etc. I need balance like that, and it keeps me grounded. When the girls were younger, it was difficult at times finding the time to write. I really understand what writers with children home go through, because I’ve been there.

    I hope your family gets well soon! Keep us posted!

  7. Kara

    🙁 Karin. Sick children are only one step up the ladder of neediness from a sick husband (at least mine, LOL!). They just want the mama. I never lived near mine when I was an adult, but would have loved to have her near when the flu hit. You’re so good to wait on your son. Hopefully a couple doses of NyQuil will knock all the sick ones out and you can focus on your edits! Good luck!

  8. Virna

    Hope everyone is feeling better now! My husband is a rock — he’ll take care of things when I really need time. And I do the same for him.

  9. Amie Stuart

    Karin get everyone some Emergen-C (and Nyquil! LOL) and go hide somewhere. I really don’t have a good answer for you, I tend to just chalk the weekends I have the kids up as a wash (how’s that for bad grammar?). HOwever, if I have edits or a looming deadline all bets are off and they’re under strict instructions to leave me the hell alone (they’re 14 and 12). Speaking of which, I’ve got to go work on page proofs!

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