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#SoCS – So-so job


So maybe I just need to drink more wine. Because lately, I’m finding it hard to relax enough to write anything. You know, anything creative. I’ve been working on a story for an anthology, and it’s going… slowly.

I think the real problem is that I never get out anymore. I’m tied to the house all the time now that my Autistic son has finished school. If I go out, I take him with me or I don’t go. Without going out — by myself — I’m unable to gather up any inspiration. I like to observe people. It’s one of my favourite things to do. I can sit in a restaurant for an hour or two and write while I half-listen to a conversation at another table; I get stories that way. Not necessarily about exactly what they say. Most of the time one sentence is enough to get my creative juices flowing.

I need time. I haven’t had 24 hours off from this 24/7 job of being responsible for my kids since the first of October last year. That’s more than five months ago. Since I had a day off…

That’s it, I’m opening a bottle of wine. (I wonder how many other posts are ended this way.) I shall make it so.


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Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

38 thoughts on “#SoCS – So-so job

  1. Opening a bottle of wine is often the START of my posts, lol. (((((hugs))))) to you if not inappropriate. Tough job! Good luck with the story for the anthology. Hope you get a break. Somehow sometime soon.


  2. Tough job, we bring up our own then get asked to repeat the process i don’t envy you that. Take care.


  3. I hope you enjoyed your wine and that you will have some time to yourself soon.


  4. I hope you get a day off soon. Better yet, I hope you can arrange help so you can schedule a morning or afternoon, or at least a couple hours, every week just for you. In the meantime, maybe you could write about going out into the world with your son, sort of an experiment. I bet that would be interesting.


  5. Really hard when you don’t have a day off. Or at least part of a day. There are no places where your son could go?


  6. I relate well to sitting in a restaurant (bar) and half-listening to conversations and becoming inspired. I hope you find a way to work out a schedule where you have some Linda-time.


  7. I totally understand Linda can’t your eldest son help you out. Sounds like you need some me time!! It is so hard being a mum especially on your own !! πŸ’—πŸ’–


  8. I get like this Linda, I haven’t been out the house in 6 days! I always find time out gives me a new perspective even if my family have to drag me out πŸ™‚ x


  9. White for me Linda. I totally feel for you. As a teacher my vacations are like a bus man’s holiday because I’m never without kids either. Xx


  10. I feel for you. Linda, I know how difficult it can be looking after an autistic child, but to not be able to go out on your own must be awful. I may not be able to help you, but I can give you lots of virtual wine at least!! 🍾🍾🍾🍷🍷🍷πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚Cheers!


  11. In vino veritas. I can relate totally. I have been on this “part time” night job, seven days a week, for three years now, not a single day off. Coincidentally it’s been nearly three years since I’ve done anything with the new novel. I am not drawing any equivalence to my situation and having an autistic child. We have an autistic granddaughter and I understand to a degree the challenges involved. Different situations, similar frustration.


    • It’s amazing, isn’t it? For some, heartache brings inspiration. Who knew it was the doldrums of staring at the same four walls day in and day out that kills it? πŸ˜› Thanks for sharing your situation, Rick. It’s nice to feel not so alone. πŸ™‚


  12. I’ll join you, red or white?


  13. Maybe the story is you and your son…

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  14. I have nothing eloquent to say, so here’s a virtual hug. **hugs**


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