I’m not calling Camp NaNoWriMo a disaster yet, but it’s getting close. I’m at 522 words, and there are only two weeks left. But why am I having trouble getting the time to write? Well, it’s not that I don’t have the time, I just don’t seem to be getting the silence I need. This is the reason:
That little girl is the reason I’m having problems writing. I can write a blog post with her around, but I can’t achieve the level of concentration I need for writing fiction with her playing around me and interrupting me. Who is she? That’s my daughter.
She’s going through the terrible twos right now, although it’s not so terrible. She’s talking a lot, she’s pretending a lot, and she wants to spend a lot of her time sitting on my lap whenever I use the computer. She wants me to play Angry Birds often. She loves watching me play that game. She points at the computer and says, “Bah.” I know what she means. Right now, she’s playing with Lego on the table right next to my computer. She loves to be near me all the time. She wants to show me her creations all the time. She’s actually really good with her hands. Although she’s only 2 years, 1 month, and 22 days old, she can hold a crayon like an adult. She builds things with Lego that are symmetrical. She loves putting things on top of my head. She’ll see numbers and start counting to ten: “One, two, thee, foh, fie, dih, deben, eight, nine, ten.” She’s memorised her puzzles and can put them together in a very short amount of time. She gets excited about bananas.
But because of her, I’m not sure if I can finish Camp NaNoWriMo.
So, how many of you have kids? I wonder how people with kids can spend a lot of time writing. Any advice?
And now she’s crawled onto my lap. She wants to sleep, I think.