And so starts my well of excuses....

I really need to work on my novel. Every time I open Microsoft Word and hit Ctrl+Page Down I get the feeling when you scratch an old sticker only to find the fragrance is gone. Where are my ten page writing sessions? I have the story written in my head, it has just become too arduous to pound it out.

I started my current job back in January. I had been a SAHM for about 10 months and had not read a book since the early years of my marriage. Of the 12 hour shift, about 3 hours are spent working and 9 are spent waiting to work. So I started this book. I got a good way into it and then… blah. So I started a blog because it kills me to sit for 9+ hours and watch TV. Maybe around 4am when my brain simply does not work any longer… Sure.

So I read a couple of books, to include my dad’s self published novel that I had been putting off for years. I ultimately decided, if I never read his, chances are, he’d never read mine. I also read Amy Poehler’s book and started one I read in grade school which I claimed to be my favorite.

Anywho, I read a blog entry today that explained why a writer SHOULD blog. I blog simply for instant gratification and procrastination. I love writing. I would love to be a published author. I should put in the work like so many successful people coach.

And so starts my well of excuses….

I have a toddler. You try sitting down and writing with a toddler. Many a notebook have been turned to works of art.

I write at work. Sometimes we are busy. Most the time we are not. Some nights, I could not, or a miniature person would not allow me to get any sleep before my shift and, again, my brains simply refuses to jump on board.

(Face in hands) I have recently taken a new job that is strictly days. I took a huge pay cut to get it. I needed to, for my son and my own body. But this busier job will not allow me the time to breathe much less write a full length novel. I have mapped out a plan in my head of early morning on my days off and late weekend nights.

We shall see. Back to work..


Dacia Arnold is an author that struggles to find a balance of work, motherhood, marriage, writing, and the occasional craft. Her first full length novel, Apparent Power, is in the works to be released December 2018. Dacia served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and deployed twice to Iraq and often incorporates these experiences into her writings both fiction and non-fiction. She currently lives in Denver, Co with her husband, two children, and a fat beagle named Watson.

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