Friday, May 21, 2010

Guest post from Author R.C. Ryan

I had five children in nine years. When my husband and I married young, we both wanted a big family. Once the babies started coming, we had to grow up quickly. I learned, after the birth of my first baby, that I'd had no idea how much work I would do until I quit work to stay home and raise a family.

Let's talk multi-tasking. Mothers are experts at doing laundry, folding towels while listening to a child's faltering words as he learns to read, watching the clock while dinner cooks and helping a cranky child figure out homework in those first semesters of algebra; drive a son to basketball practice, drop off another at Scouting, and a third child at dance class, while trying to figure out the decorations for a five-year old's birthday party the following weekend.

When I started writing, I began with an hour a day. That was all the time I could afford in my crazy schedule. When I finally sold my first book and had a contract for another, I started setting my alarm for 4:00 am, so that I could have two hours of uninterrupted work before starting my 'real day'. That gradually grew to another 2 hours at night after helping the kids with their homework, cleaning up the kitchen, packing lunches for the next school day, and tucking them all into bed.

My kids are grown now, and my days are somewhat easier. I can work in my home office 9 to 5, and still have energy left over to be a wife. But I'm thankful for the lessons I was forced to learn by being an overworked mother of five. These were grand life-lessons that will stay with me forever. We women rock. We rule. And we're the queens of organization.

R. C. Ryan

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Debbie's L'Bri on Fri May 21, 11:59:00 PM 2010 said...

Kids sure do teach us a lot. I have 9 children and 4 are adults. One has a baby girl...

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We HEART reading on Mon May 24, 08:56:00 AM 2010 said...

Awesome advice about writing with kids. Advice that I hope to take up very soon. I want to start writing my own books.
Thank you

booklover0226 on Mon May 24, 05:37:00 PM 2010 said...

Working mothers have always amazed me. And then, through in going to school and my head spins.

I agree, Women Do Rock!

Tracey D

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading the guest post and look forward to reading Montana Destiny :)


Guest post from Author R.C. Ryan

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