The work/baby balance for Grandma
I spoke with my copyeditor today (Molly Lindley Pisani, five stars!), who knows that I’m on Grandma duty this week and next.
“So you will get zero work done these weeks,” she said, calculating our timeline. A young mom herself, she said, all business, “When someone’s on childcare duty, my assumption is no other work at all.”
That made me feel a little better about low book productivity this week. I can entertain Fiona folding laundry or doing dishes, but Grandma sitting at a computer or on the phone is not remotely interesting.
Nevertheless, it’s been an exciting few days. I’ve chosen a book cover and a publicist, and I had a wonderfully helpful legal consultation that reassured me that I’m on the right track with my ideas about permissions and copyrights.
Plus I’ve had walks with my granddaughter, gave her a sink bath, sang to her, delighted in her tuneful (and squawking) replies, and elicited something close to little belly laughs today. Also – those little socks!
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 198: 167 words, TOTAL = 32,407; 27,593 remaining
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Robin Clifford Wood is an award-winning author, poet, and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her children, grandchildren, and granddogs.