Like many writers, I am a creature of routine.
My weekday’s go like this-
7am- Get up
8.30am- Get the children to school
8.45am- Walk to coffee shop
9am- Write- black coffee, and either toast and marmalade, or a bowl of scrambled egg close to hand
11.30am- Go home and do my ‘proper job’
1.30pm- Walk back to cafe
1.45pm- Write or edit with black coffee to hand
3.30pm- Collect children
4pm- ‘Proper job’
7pm- ‘Proper job’
8.30pm- until I collapse from tiredness- Editing and blog works
Take that routine away from me and I’m a nightmare waiting to happen. An explosion ready to go off!
Confine me to the house in the mornings and- well- you don’t want to know. All ideas of Kay Jaybee being a nice person can be forgotten if I don’t have access to a coffee out of the house by 10am in the morning!!
I wish I wasn’t like this- so regimented- but I’ve always been a self-control freak, and despite all attempts to change, I just do not function well outside of these self imposed boundaries.
Coping with school holidays and weekends can be a challenge- but I always know when they’re coming, and I can talk myself round and prepare myself for forced inaction (yes- I am a workaholic!)
It’s the unforeseen I find it hard to cope with- the bouts of illness that knock me off my feet – like at the moment. I have this flu bug that’s going around (How dare it hit me now when I am so busy!! Do viruses have no respect for smut that need’s writing!?).
Then there’s the household things that go wrong- like today- our boiler has packed up. A lovely little chap has been to fix it temporarily- but I have to wait in tomorrow for his colleague to fit a new part to it… TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s a Monday!!
Tomorrow is the 7th January. It see’s the start of a new school term. Consequently it also marks the start of a brand new writing year for me. I have been looking forward to that date since before Christmas. Not because I don’t love having time off with my children, but because I love my job SO much.
So here I am, writing this blog to help me calm down- telling myself very sternly, that starting writing on 8th January and not the 7th is not earth shattering -that another day to get over the flu is a good idea anyway – and that this frustration at not being able to crack on with my latest novel is natural.
I had almost convinced myself- I really had- and then I discovered that the car has been booked in for a service on Thursday- oh, and on Friday I have to take my parent’s hamster home, and then “if you have a minute Kay could you just ……………….”
Apologises in advance to those awaiting The Perfect Submissive sequel- I am going as fast as I can- if it helps, at least I can announce to you that it is to be a trilogy…and it will be STEAMING HOT!!!!!!!!!!