The tagline on my current release, Romancing the Chef, says “New Year, New Love.” For me, this year is about getting reacquainted with an old love of mine… writing. Since becoming a mom in 2009, my relationship with writing has been on the rocks. I seriously think writing has considered leaving me. We don’t spend time together anymore, and when we do, it’s strained at best. But, this year, I’ve made a commitment to saving my relationship with writing. We’ve got to get the magic back, and there’s only one way to do it. We’ve got to get together every single day.
This is a challenge because I’m a chronic procrastinator. Do they have any 12-step programs for this? No? Well, that’s another issue altogether. Anyway, I’m the kind of person who only gets work done when there’s a deadline. And that work gets done at the last minute. In college, that meant papers got written at 3 AM the night before they were due. With book contracts, it has often meant they got written in that last month before the deadline. But, now that I have a kid, I don’t have time to be a procrastinator. And I literally can’t afford it. Who knew one little person could cost so much money?
So, writing and I have got to make it work. We’ve got put our problems with each other in the past, and move forward. It’s been two days since I’ve been back on the job, and writing and I are getting along pretty well. We’re realizing how much we’ve missed each other. And, while ours will probably always be a love/hate relationship. I know now, it’s going to be worth the hard work it will take to keep us together for the long haul.