When I began my writing career I was working part time, raising two small children, and determined to try and finish a novel. I started out as most do, writing around my other obligations. For me that meant late at night after the kids were in bed. I silenced my email (lawyers have been known to email others late at night) and wrote until the wee hours. This, of course, was hell on my sleep. I stumbled around tired for most of the first year. I wrote on weekends, in the morning, and on vacation. We visited the same resort each August and the manager there told me that he would always see me tapping away on my laptop, alone, as the sun rose.
4. Once the manuscript was complete, I would set up a budget to travel to those conferences that I’d always dreamed of attending, but were too pricey for my wallet.
I’m a coffee addict and I was easily spending $30 a week on it at the specialty cafe that made a mean cup and wasting a lot of time going back and forth to the shop. The time was not a big deal before, because the cafe was on the way to my former job, but now it required a special trip. I learned, after much trial and error, how to recreate the great taste at home for a fraction of the cost and, more importantly, the time. I stopped dry cleaning and discovered that just about anything can be machine washed on the hand wash cycle. Yes, even some wools and silk. (Rayon is tricky, though, and I did shrink one wool sweater that just didn’t cooperate). If you try this at home don’t be shocked when you see the filthy water after you submerge your item. Apparently the word “cleaning” in dry cleaning is a misnomer.
My young daughter discovered thrift store shopping while trying to put together a costume for a school play and I joined her, and while I’m nowhere near as good at it as she is, I did score some great finds. Just this week I found a beautiful little swing coat with a deep collar. The label said Dry Clean Only, but I threw it in the washer on the hand wash cycle, hung it dry and touched it up with the iron. This photo shows the result. Not bad, eh?
I hope these tips help the writers out there and I hope you find writing as satisfying as I have!
Happy New Year!