This is truly the first time I’ve felt like giving up.Â Finding another job and putting the kids back in daycare.Â I will title this ‘The week from hell’, although it’s really been almost two weeks.
Ever since the van accident, Marnie and I have been short with the kids (2 weeks, go figure).Â This week though, I thought things had gone back to normal.Â But, I must have done something that first week to justify this.Â The boys just will not listen.Â If I repeat myself in a ‘strong and firm’ voice over a half hour period or more, whatever I’m asking about will be ignored.Â The boys refuse to do anything until I yell at them, and I’m telling you, after a half hour of being ignored, my yelling is not pleasant.Â I’m not sure what got them into this mode, but I sure as hell hope I can figure out how to get them out of it.Â ‘Cause I’m done.
Maybe it’s because their pattern is broken.Â School has been over for 2 and a bit weeks, and thier usual morning/daily routine has competely disappeared.Â Ok, so starting tomorrow, a new routine will be created for them.Â Lets see if that will help.
Well, to say the day ended on a higher note is not saying enough.Â I sat down with the boys(again) and had a chat.Â This one seemed to take a bit.Â We also had a playdate this afternoon.Â Fellow writer Mirrielle came for a visit and brought her son.Â We chatted about various things including writing and kids, and all three boys played like angels.
This blog, that’s it.
We are thinking of starting a local writing group.Â So far there is just the two of us, and we hope to have a third really soon.Â Three or four sounds like a good number to me.Â We’ll see what develops, and we hope to meet in three weeks.Â We’ll send each other some samples of our work, and do a critique on them.Â Heck, even the visiting is worth it.
With the visit, and the research I’ve been doing, I once again have a great urge to write.Â I lost the urge for a few weeks, when I received some really bad critiques of my latest short.Â Normally, bad critiques don’t bother me too much, but for some reason this one did.Â Maybe I was too close, and didn’t see its defects.
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