Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Staycation and the Work at Home Mom

Three things to know about this week:

#1. I have a deadline in two weeks, and a book that is missing the all-important last scene.
#2. My inlaws are here for ten days.
#3. My husband has to work most of this week.

I'm not overly stressed about it (yet) in part because my mom and dad-in-law are great folks and understand tight schedules. They also seem to like work more than relaxing, so if I just say "I have to work, will you enjoy your grandkids for a while?" They will. Also, if I say, "My house needs painted, are you game?" they are. So, as far as company goes, I've got it made.

But I'm not under-stressed either. I mean, the deadline is LOOMING. This isn't an indie book so I actually have to write it on time. Someone out there is also putting work into this project and I have to hold up my end!

This might be my favorite place on Earth.
I'm very thankful that this one is a staycation. They came to us. I can easily sneak off to my bedroom to write a blog post (you know, if need arose at the last minute...) And I know all of the fun quick trips in the area.

Daniel (my husband) worked all morning so we all ran to the store and bought the Girl Scouts uniforms for the coming year. The store that sold them is conveniently located next to a craft store, a hobby store, a Christian book store, and a bakery so after a little window shopping we had scones and fresh bread samples.

Then Daniel came home and hung out with his parents and kids while I wrote for a few hours. And finally, we finished the day with a bike ride along the waterfront and a little splashing in the river. If we were out of town...I don't know. I don't think hiding in the bedroom to write would have been as comfortable, or finding quick fun activities would have been as easy.

I have several days to juggle enjoying guests and getting my job done, so if you all have anymore tips for me, I'd love to read them!

Traci Tyne Hilton is the author of The Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery Series, The Plain Jane Mystery Series, and one of the authors in The Tangle Saga series of science fiction novellas. She was the Mystery/Suspense Category winner for the 2012 Christian Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler Contest, a finalist for Speculative Fiction in the same contest, and has a Drammy from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild. Traci serves as the Vice President of the Portland chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association.

Traci earned a degree in History from Portland State University and still lives in the rainiest part of the Pacific Northwest with her husband the mandolin playing funeral director, their two daughters, and their dog, Dr. Watson.

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  1. Traci--Glad your stay cation worked out well. Seems like when we have the tightest deadlines, we are pulled in the most directions! Everything falls apart right when you least need it to happen. But when we rely on God, He always shows us a way to overcome.

    1. I say go with the flow. Our router is down so I'm going shopping! Have a great week.

      ~Nancy Jill


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