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Alana: Leaving the slippers at home

“I did it!”… to quote my nearly-three-year-old (a phrase only surpassed by her favourite indignant statement “I do it!”)

I’m into my third week of writing (OK, I was being very optimistic with those ten hours a week — typically, just as I get an inch, Daisy takes away a mile and dropped her lunchtime sleep the EXACT week I get childcare for Poppy!). Anyway, I’m not going to moan — Daisy is settled in playschool, Poppy is adapting to the indignation of my minor abandonment, and I’ve had two weeks of writing three mornings a week.

What have I done? I’ve set up a website (all constructive criticism welcome!), written a submission for an anthology, sent three article pitches, made contact with a new magazine, and contributed to Starbucks’ world domination (I have to leave the house when Poppy’s childminder arrives and that great American institution taking over this small Emerald Isle does the best green tea…).

I have written. I have thought. I have pondered. I feel ten feet tall. Not only am I using my brain, I’m shaking the dust off those old workclothes. Yes, I know, I’m only going to sit in Starbucks with my notebook and pen, but it’s all part of the empowerment. I dress up as if going to work…because I am. This is real. This is job. I even wear lipstick.

There is something about leaving the house having washed first and wearing clothes without an elasticised waistline that makes it feel more real. I made a decision never to write in my slippers. No slipper scrolling for me. Slippers are for slouching. So proper shoes and proper clothes it must be. And a large mug of green tea. Life is almost perfect….

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  1. Congrats on getting out there, Alana! Though personally, I see nothing wrong with getting all dressed up and putting on lipstick and going to Starbucks to work… my slippers! Now wouldn’t that be a site, and possibly an interesting character in someone’s novel! šŸ™‚ Your website looks great! I’d make one suggestion. If possible, don’t list your email right on the website; see if there’s a way to just have a clickable link or set up an actual contact page that comes into your email inbox without showing your email address. Many times when an email address is actually listed on a website, it’s really easy for spammers to get it and then you get inundated with spam. I learned that lesson the hard way. Here’s a link to my contact page as a reference:

    September 18, 2008
  2. Congrats Alana! Sounds like we are in similar career places. šŸ™‚ I too dress up (when I feel like it) – even when it means I will be overdressed at places like the playground, where I was today. LOL

    Oh, and try Starbucks’ chai. That’s my drink of choice whenever I go there!

    September 18, 2008
  3. Cathy #

    wow, i thought i was doing great just by getting into the habit of getting a shower before honey leaves for work in the am.

    there’s also that little bit about nursing the baby constantly, and while i am pretty non-chalant about nursing her in public, i don’t want to do so for hours at a stretch. and i can squeeze in things like laundry, etc in between writing jags and naps and the coffee’s free-ish at home.

    lipstick, wow.

    September 18, 2008
  4. Kristine #

    Congratulations, Alana! I’m impressed. I’m lucky I go the grocery store in anything but sweats anymore. But I’m getting better, I suppose. When my baby was first born, I didn’t even get out of my PJs until four in the afternoon.

    I miss the writing trips to Starbucks. Once the baby gets older, I’m sure I’ll find my way back there again.

    September 18, 2008
  5. Great tip about about my email address Kelly, thanks a million. Kristine – i;m with you on the all-day PJ thing – i think that’s why I love putting ‘real’ clothes on now. Today though, I have no child-care so am a fully funcitoning stay-at-home-mum (this email notwithstanding!) and have reverted to a pair of combats and trainers…. i guess it suits us multi-personality women!!

    Thanks for all your comments by the way.. you all inspire me so much.

    September 19, 2008
  6. You rock!

    No seriously. Making time for yourself and then actually DOING IT (in lipstick no less) is nothing short of impressive. I need to take some of your inspiration for my own (does it count I have already tried to line up some Daddy Time for my kids tomorrow so I too can contribute to the coffee Gods of the Nation and sit down and write?)!

    September 21, 2008
  7. not at all! as i say to my husband as I abandon him in the garden to type a few words – , “This is the ‘co’ part of ‘co-parenting!”

    however, impressive is doing what you do. working, parenting AND writing.

    off to find somewhere else to hide…..

    September 21, 2008
  8. Bravo! Doesn’t it feel wonderful to get out of the house alone and actually write?

    September 22, 2008

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