Treading Water

Novel stands at 26,750 words.

Haven’t posted here in a while because my life is being turned upside-down.

My wife’s currently in Arkansas, tending her mother, who was admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago with a serious heart-and-lung condition. My wife flew out just three days after she heard, and has been there ever since.

Her mom has been discharged, and is recovering, but will need near-constant care for the next year or so. My wife’s currently providing that care, and intends to keep providing it. That means we’re looking at moving, at leaving the house and city and friends we’ve come to love here in California, and going back to Arkansas.

So my past few weeks have been a blur of getting my wife to Arkansas, supporting her through the early days of her mom’s discharge, and now putting our house on the market and preparing to move.

Needless to say, I didn’t hit my target word count for NaNoWriMo.

I’m finding it hard to write in general, not just finding the time but finding the mental space to build up the novel in my head and then set it down on paper. It’s like I have room in my head for my job and my wife and my move, and nothing else.

If I manage to squeak out just 150 words in a day, I have to call it a victory, because many days I don’t manage any.

But I haven’t given up, and I won’t stop writing during this new phase of my life. I’ll grind out what I can for now, and look to pick up the pace once we settle in to our new digs.

4 thoughts on “Treading Water

  1. Don’t be afraid to take a much warranted break! After NaNo I took a week off of writing and it was the best thing I could have done. Every little things adds up to a stressful state of mind. Give yourself permission to not think about writing for a few days, or a week, and focus on handling family matters 🙂 Actually, don’t just give yourself permission…don’t let yourself write at all! See how it makes you feel.

    Best wishes to you and yours!

  2. Thanks for the advice and wishes, Vivien! I’m going to give it a shot and take a break from writing for a few days, see if that helps.

  3. Thanks! I think it will work out in the end, once her mom recovers. Hard to leave everything (and everyone) here, though…

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