Whine, Whine, Wine?

Sensational Saturday’s

a blog for whatever I feel like writing

I did it. I finally fell off the blogging wagon. I missed Thursday.

On Wednesday I thought “Oh, I need to write Thursday’s blog.” But in my mind Thursday was still two days away! What’s up with that?

Working full time during November has made me into a crazy woman. I get up early, spend a frantic half hour on the computer, slurping down my coffee and shoveling in my oatmeal with raisins while dealing with emails and trying to write blogs, possibly tweeting. (And don’t even mention Facebook!)

Then I get myself together to drive the 20-30 minutes (while listening to a book) to work. I’m at work over my eight hour day. Why? Because it’s that kind of job. Even though I don’t really get paid for the extra fifteen minutes at the begining or the extra fifteen minutes at the end. I still am there. Then I drive home. And deal with whatever crisis needs dealing with. And walk the poor Lab. At just over a year she’s still a puppy and needs, needs, needs that hour walk.

By the time I get back and deal with whatever else is going on, I’m pooped! And even though I have the best, absolutely the best, intentions of blogging the night before. I don’t. And I have to get up early the next morning and do it all again.

Am I whining? YES!!! I know most people out there live this way. But I love being a full time writer. I love actually getting to write every day and getting to touch base with all of you. It makes me happy. Working is making me crabby and stressed and I think, bald.

So, I’m almost finished. Just a little bit left of this contract and I will be back here, and on Twitter, and answering my email. And oh yeah, back to editing my BIAY. Which is so close to being finished I can almost taste it!

Bear with me while I do the dirty work of actually working so I have some money and we can eat during the debut of Little Red Riding Wolf in February. Thanks for your patience. And for all of you who live this way normally, I am in awe.

How do you all manage your lives? Do you actually work full time and write and have families? Are you like me and in the sandwich generation? Caught between aging parents trying to change their lifestyles and kids? Or do you have way too many pets as children and do they steal your attention? How do you get it all done? Let me know because I need some good advice while I still have some hair left!

Here is my Vegan Recipe for Today. Brownies of course, because we all need chocolate when stressed!

Jessica’s Vegan Emergency Brownie Recipe

  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 12 tbl cocoa
  • 4 egg equiv. egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups vegan sugar
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mix First 5 ingredients, add sugar and maple syrup. Stir well. Mix in dry ingredients all at once. Pour in 9×13 greased pan. Bake in a 350° oven for 20-25 minutes.

These are a fairly dark moist brownie, but not overly sweet. If you try them and think they need more, you could try making a nice ganache icing with soy milk and vegan chocolate chips. I’m still playing with this recipe, so any suggestions would be helpful. Enjoy!

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10 responses to “Whine, Whine, Wine?

  1. Hate to admit it, Jessica, but I am one of the fortunate who gets to write full-time. Kids are grown but still need Mom sometimes, and I need to throw the odd bone to hubby since he is also my Sugar-Daddy. Writing full-time may not always feel like a luxury, or a blessing, but trust me, I know that it is.

    You’ll work out the kinks in your new ‘normal’. In the meantime, I am in awe of you.

    • Well, as soon as I work the kinks out, I’ll be back to the luxury of writing full time. I only work part of the year and that may be the issue. I have an adjustment period and then as soon as I start to figure things out I’m back to not working. (AKA working at home as a writer, still working!) I can’t wait till I can do this full time. And I’m actually seeing that in my future. Amazing! Little Red Riding Wolf may be just a novella, but it is my foot in the door of getting paid to do what I love!

  2. What Sherry said, Jessica and THEN some!

    I think of my whines about LIFE HAPPENS–mine are mere speed bumps compared to the many challenges you face every day.

    I, too am in awe of your energy and regular posts.

    Woot! Can’t wait for that book release! [insert dancing emoticon guy here].

    • Wish those emoticon guys translated into WP-land. Oh well. Thanks to both you and Sherry for your awe, but actually its desperation keeping me in the game. I refuse to let go of the toehold I have on the writing world. After all, it is the dream!

  3. I can empathize with much of what you experience daily. I won’t add my whining to yours (hehe), but I want to be a successful writer enough to struggle through the schedule from hell. I can always find someone who has a WORSE schedule and finds the time. My writer friend Sarah Ballance has six kids at home and somehow keeps writing. I tried to write many years ago with only one child at home and thought it was too hard. Have I made you feel better yet? No? Keep on keepin on, Jessica.

    • Six kids! Wow! Occaisionally someone will ask me how I do it all, I usuallys say “I’m not working now”, but maybe I should say “I’m not working now AND I don’t have six kids!” Bernadette Marie, with Five Prince Publishing, opened her own publishing house and writes. Crazy. I’m just not cut out for that kind of thing. I’m looking forward to my days at the computer that are not “working” days. The one really great thing about it is how motivated I am just before and just after working. Job is okay, but I want the writing job!

      • I hear you, sister. My dream is to stay at home and write. For now, I’ll pay my dues AND pay bills. Maybe my dh will someday say he’ll be my sugar daddy. I liked that idea when I read Sherry’s reply. 🙂

      • I can’t say mine isn’t my Sugar Daddy (Go Sherry!). I do stay home half the year, thank you hubby! My job actually pays for the writing career. Those conferences, memberships and websites aren’t cheap! I can’t wait to tip the balance!

  4. Okay, I guess I’m lucky because I do have all day to write. But it never happens! Even though I’m retired from teaching many other duties have rushed in like water in a glass I’ve just relieved of my finger. You think you have all kinds of time but you don’t. Take this morning. Need, absolutely NEED, to get my rewrite done but here’s how the time went. At computer eating breakfast and revising for 45 minutes. Shower and dress, go to hearing test. (I still can hear, thank goodness.) Do another 45 minutes revising and go to chiropractor. (My back is again perfect. Yay!) Met one of my first readers there and told her about my ms progress. She pointed me to an amazing map that will help in my second novel around the War of 1812. Went out for lunch with my guy. And now I’m back at my computer, suffering through the sunshine pouring over my desk and causing me to squint at the keyboard.
    I just reread this and it sounds whiny. Sorry. I am so blessed to have all the time I do have.
    Funny, I had been missing you, Jessica, and now I know why. Enjoy the work and look for anecdotes for your writing, ok? Remember my acupuncture blog the other day?

    • That’s good advice Elaine. I’ll look at work for anecdotes. It is definitely stuffed with characters, more than any other workplace I’ve ever worked. Somehow the job itself, the temporariness of it and the economy all combine to draw people from all walks of life. Great fodder for the authors imagination.

      And I understand about being lucky and yet feeling like you don’t have enough time. I struggle with that when I’m not working. Somehow all those hours that I spend working and driving to work and should be available for writing when I’m home, become stuffed with other “commitments”. That’s one thing about working, it makes me remember that I should treat this as a job and ignore the dust bunnies for those eight hours. And showers? Who needs ’em?

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