Kate's Blog

Follow me if you will as I try to navigate through the ups and downs of my world.

I'm writing this blog to help me make sense of all that has happened - from my diagnosis with non-Hodgkins lymphoma while pregnant with my third child in May 2008
, through to my reflections on chaotic family life as I try to pick up the pieces of my life again.

The kids are so small, and I'm working hard to keep us all safe and to stay in remission.

Stay with me - it won't be all doom and gloom I promise!

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Why I can't Get My Arse into Gear - an essay

Ho hum.... birthay parties - Hattie's 2! Also washing, cooking, cleaning, ironing and shopping. And reading Michael Frayn's 'Spies' at top speed so that I can be useful when I take top dollar from some poor unsuspecting student who's coming here tonight for tuition before her English A Level. Only joking! Actually, I'm quite good at the teaching thing on the whole, although having to use my brain after 7pm is quite a stretch these days.

I'm struggling with my regular sinus thing at the moment - attractive red eyes and all, but I'm just about to start on my millionth course of antibiotics so maybe I'll make a miraculous recovery in the next few days. My immune system's still not 100% so there we go.

And it's my birthday next week. For a long while it didn't seem likely that I'd see my 41st birthday. But here I am and all that stuff......

Am not really managing all the writing projects and ideas for more writing which are swirling around unwritten or at best half-written. I don't have enough time after I've done all of the above.... and I do have to fit in some TV and reading down-time too. I guess successful writers are quite a disciplined bunch. I wish I wasn't quite so easily distracted. Oooh - another cup of tea I think while the baby sleeps before I have to go and get the kids from school. See what I mean?


Anita said...

I amazed at how some women can raise children, run the household, and still write books. Maybe they get lots of support and help from their spouses.
EnJoy your upcoming birthday!

diney said...

I would have made you a lemon drizzle cake only Sam would probably have eaten it! Pleased to hear you are doing tuition - I don't know how you get your brain into gear after 6 pm to be honest! I went to a talk by Jodi Picoult (spelling may be incorrect!) the other day,and she is obviously such a successful writer because she gets up at 5 am, goes for a 3 mile run and is sitting at her pc by 7 am. Of course, she no longer has young kids, and her husband seems to cook and clean for her.....that's where I've been going wrong ! You too?

Tracey said...

You are amazing for all you accomplish. And who know 41 would be such a milestone? Congratulations!

Rebecca S. said...

I agree! That reading/tv downtime is imperative for our sanity. And in my personal experience it makes sense for there to be only one 'type A' workaholic in a family with children (especially young ones like yours), so put up your feet, drink some more tea, and celebrate your 41st!!!!!

Nappy Valley Housewife said...

I'm amazed at how many distractions I can find to take me away from my writing or, for that matter, to take me away from doing anything truly productive!

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