SNOW DAYS AND WRITING

~Sia McKye~snowfall

When I was a kid, snow days were the thing to look forward to.  A time for laugher and fun.  No school, snowball fights, snow forts, and using the shovels—after we had shoveled the driveway—and making snow paths in the yard.  We used these as trenches in our warfare games.  The not so fun part of snow days was my mom and her list of chores.  I now know this was self-defense on her part.  It was a way keep six rambunctious kids occupied.  Needless to say, we didn’t often whine, “I’m bored and I’ve got nothing to do.”  Lord, big mistake and The List came out.

 

Snow days at my house are a bit different.  First, I don’t have six kids, thank God, to keep occupied.  Back then we stayed outside or found adventures of “lets pretend that…” in our bedroom or the third story attic.  I have one child. Uno only goes so far.  Snowboarding outside takes up a few hours, if I’m lucky.  Snowball fights still happen but it’s the kid and me. He has TV, movies, 360 Xbox, paper and art supplies, and shelf full of books.  I have a computer and projects to get done.  Articles to write, books to finish, books to edit.  Did I mention editing? 

 

This is a normal workweek for me. I’m trying to keep to my schedule. Four days of no school and a husband who can’t get to work either. It’s vacation time for them.  I’m in a groove and I have not one but two housebound males wandering around bored.  I am not bored.  I have plenty to do.  I get up from the computer for a short fifteen-minute break and stretch out my tight muscles, go to the bathroom and get a cup a coffee. My mind is on what I’m writing, working out the kinks mentally, and walk back into my office and there’s my husband checking out Fox Sports.  We do have a working TV.

 

 “Oh, I thought you were done?”

 

I’m dumbfounded.  You can tell, dropped jaw, wide eyes, standing frozen in the doorway.

 

He can tell.  “You’re not done?”

 

“Sweetheart, what part of five open tabs on the computer monitor makes you think I’m done?”  I always try for the sweet, reasonable approach first. 

 

So I decide to take out the dog, clear my head in the cold outside air and rid myself of frustration.  It’s beautiful outside.  The type of day that brings back echoes of laughing kids, snowball fights and snow forts.  I feel a pull on the leash and bring my mind back to today just in time to see my poor Great Dane trying to do her business and ever so slowly slide down the incline.  This is her first winter and she’s still learning her way on this white stuff. The look on her face is priceless and I can’t help but laugh. It feels good.  I’m feeling better, which is a good thing.

 

I walk back into the house; breathe a sigh of relief when I see my husband watching TV.  I walk into my office.  And there is my fourteen-year-old son.  At my computer.

 

            “Oh, I thought you were done?”

 

Oh, yeah, it’s gonna be a long week.  Sigh.

 

 

december-2008-jake-and-momI’m married to a spitzy Italian. We have a ranch out beyond the back 40 where I raise kids, dogs, horses, cats, and have been known to raise a bit of hell, now and then. I have a good sense of humor and am an observer of life and a bit of a philosopher. I see the nuances—they intrigue me.

I’m a Marketing Rep by profession and a creative writer. I have written several mainstream Romance novels one of which I’ve out on a partial request.  I’ve written and published various articles on Promotion and Publicity, Marketing, Writing, and the Publishing industry.

Aside from conducting various writing discussions and doing numerous guest blogging engagements, I write a blog, Over Coffee, http://siamckye.blogspot.com/  Each week I promote and share authors’ stories, on the laughter, glitches, triumphs, and fun that writers and authors face in pursuit of their ambition to write—Over Coffee.

 

 

 

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2 responses to “SNOW DAYS AND WRITING

  1. My kids know better than to go anywhere near my computer and my husband has his own. For that I am grateful, or there would be a few missing persons in this house. However, I don’t have an office and don’t think I will anytime soon – unless I win the Lotto and can buy a bigger house. Nice two story down the block I wouldn’t mind looking at….

    However, I know how you feel about vacations, sickdays or days off. My 12 year old was sick for nearly 2 weeks. He went back for 2 days and they have Monday off. I’m wondering how I’m going to get anything done. And summer’s coming soon.

    Unlike my husband and 2 sons, I have plenty to do to keep me busy for the next ten years. The words, “I’m working” don’t make much headway. I’ve changed it to “I know it doesn’t look like it to you, but I AM WORKING!” I’m hoping this will work its way into their brains. So far, not holding my breath.

  2. Dellani, I so need another computer. I have a laptop. I just need to get it hooked up to the router. We are too far out to get wireless so we do have to have that router. Then, so long as the kid is quiet, he can use the laptop and I have a headset, so he can listen to his music too. 🙂

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