Now that the children are older and like to sleep in, perhaps I should get up early to write. Whenever I've tried this in the past, I found that my concentration flagged after 30 minutes, with the responsibilities of the day crowding my mind. Maybe it will be different this time. I did manage 30 min. of writing during their swimming practice.
A new book has been percolating in my mind for several years, but until a second, unrelated thematic element popped up, I didn't have a novel. I think it's time to explore it, so I may jot down scenes during the swim meets. I started a new notebook that's not too bulky. Spiral-bound with a hard cover. Wish me luck.
I've also been reading a couple of adult books, and although I like the stories, the shifting viewpoints can drive me bonkers. Very few authors do this skillfully, but the truth is, as a reader I don't really care about what every person is thinking. It ends up distancing me from ALL the characters. Another aspect that I'm critical of are beginnings. Backstory ... it literally stops forward motion and again, all these elements could easily be revealed later. I don't need to know what the grandmother did, for heaven's sake. Children's books are so much tighter. I hope that if I ever write for adults, I will not become lazy in my writing.
Here are a couple more clips my son took at the air show last month. Enjoy and be inspired. It takes years and years of training to fly like this. Kind of like writing, eh? Hey, has anyone read The Right Stuff? It's so good. When my kids are older, I'll let them watch the movie (it's good too). Warning: there's some crass language and behavior not suitable for children.