So today I felt 100 times better than I did yesterday and I decided it was time to get caught up. I have several characters in my book and got kind of stuck on their development for a few days. I still have not truly finished that part of my planning, but the last day I did anything besides character development was day 7. Then I went back to character development and then I got the plague. So today I realized I had a lot to do to catch up so I grabbed everything I needed and sat down to get 'er done. I also realized I am going to have to schedule my days around my family because they absolutely refuse to plan theirs around me. This just means I have to write when they aren't home or sleeping, because they can and will distract me and not feel guilty about it at all.
So it's almost 7 o'clock my time. The ungrateful brats are fed, their homework is done, and their friends are all leaving for the night and I am working on Day 10 on day 12. I will probably try to get through day 12 before I go to bed, but I'm not going to exhaust myself. I want to be able to write during my "sweet spot". I also want to be available to my children and husband, therefore, from 4pm to 7pm I am going to have a no writing time zone. I have also decided to make sure I get at least 6 hours of sleep everynight, it keeps me and my muse well rested and I am less likely to catch silly colds and virus's that kick my proverbial hiney.
Most importantly I have learned I must take care of me, or my characters will fade away to the Island of Unfinished Novels, my children will destroy my clean home and break all kinds of rules, and my husband will be nagging at me to put the pen/pencil down and come cuddle (which I think I may do now before the nagging begins, lol points for me yay!)