I just realized I haven’t posted since Tuesday. It’s been an intense week. But I turned in the draft of The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work From Home yesterday. There’s a tentative launch date of July 14th. I know, it would be good to do it sooner, but this is about as fast as publishing goes, even doing it as an ebook first. The good news is that this gives me time to think about how to promote it, both to my own audience and anyone else who might like a manual for how to productively and ambitiously work from home.
I also managed to record 5 episodes of Before Breakfast, 5 episodes of the New Corner Office, and two episodes of Best of Both Worlds (plus Sarah and I were a guest on another podcast). The solo shows are the hardest to record since it needs to be really quiet…and this house is not quiet. There was a frustrating sequence of events yesterday that involved going down to the basement three times to remind people that they were right under my office, recording one episode, then starting a second only to have the baby start crying. I can try for when the baby goes down at night, but this has not been an easy feat of late. I did record from 9:30-10:15 p.m. one night, but I often just want to sleep when the baby sleeps, as his sleep is highly variable. Two nights this week he slept what could be considered “through the night” but the other nights not. I keep hoping that one of my children will be one of those babies who goes to bed at 7 p.m. and sleeps until 7 a.m. with two long naps. Maybe the fifth time is the charm?
So…I’m tired. On the other hand, we’re making progress on a few projects. My husband and I cleaned out half our closet and I ordered a rug and a portable crib for the baby’s “bedroom.” I decided not to disassemble the real crib from the 5-year-old’s bedroom, since that can be used for naps during the day. It’s a pretty nice travel crib so hopefully that will also be useful for travel, whenever that happens again. We’re getting the basement radon levels inspected and the pump repaired so we can put the 10-year-old in the bedroom down there. (Radon is very common in these parts.) Then everyone will have his/her own bedroom (if you count the closet “nursery”) — I’ll probably buy the 12-year-old a bunk bed as we re-make that room, though, so there is a spot available for some moving around. There’s already a bunk bed in the 5-year-old’s room. This will reduce the immediate tension and then we’ll see what we decide to do in a year or two.
We are going through a ton of food. My bread drawer was stuffed to the gills after my husband’s weekly shopping trip on Saturday night. By Friday morning we’re down to end pieces (why does no one eat the end pieces???) and tortillas.
The 12-year-old (almost 13-year-old!) is writing a novel. He is seriously cranking away at a pace that rivals my own (we were comparing word counts on our books). It’s about vampires, and I can tell you that when he started this a few weeks ago, the title was Midnight. Then, this week Stephenie Meyer announced that she was producing another Twilight book with Midnight in the title and oh, there was some unhappiness. We had a discussion of titles and marketing and the unpredictability of publishing. Anyway, he’s inspired me to start doing some more creative writing. I’d like to tackle another novel too. I’ve been collecting ideas. I think this one will involve streaks (doing something every day), flowers, and collages. And a lovely stone house near here (well, something that looks similar) that we didn’t buy but that I have been mildly obsessed with. Anyway, we’ll see how this turns out. Kids are good accountability partners. (“Mom! Have you written your words?” Um, no, I was doing my paid job but yep, I need to get to it!)