Time is my enemy (at the moment)

Right now I’m not getting much writing done.

The last two weeks have been a bit of a challenge. My wife now has a job after eight years of being a stay-at-home mum, which is fantastic, but part of her employment involves a four week training stint 600km away in Brisbane (which she is still completing). Therefore, I’ve had to fly solo with looking after our two daughters. So, between taking them to school and dancing and my full-time job in public relations, there only seems to be time left for eating and sleeping and not much else.
I do have an illustration gig however, a 9 page comic story for Midnight Echo magazine, which I am squeezing in at night after the girls go to bed, but I do miss the writing. Unfortunately the old noggin is only letting me be creative in one area at the moment.
It goes without saying that I have to thank my wife for supporting me with my writing endeavours – for giving me all the time I needed to make a start.
Until life becomes a bit more “normal” the Halloween-themed novella will have to be put on hold. The comic story will be completed in the next two weeks, but it still seems like time is always against me.

There are a lot of other writers in a similar situation out there and I wonder how they manage to find time to be creative. Is it always at night – or do you manage to squeeze in some time during the day? Most days I head to the library for lunch and use the 45 mins to either write or draw. Do you all dream of the day when you could write full-time – spending those eight hours doing what you love?

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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2 Responses to Time is my enemy (at the moment)

  1. Matthew Tait says:

    Part of the reason I only work part time. I know not many people have that luxury … no doubt things will change if/when I have children of my own.

  2. Greg Chapman says:

    Hopefully one day I will be able to work part time Matt or chuck in the daily grind altogether. A part of me wishes that I could have started pursuing writing more seriously much earlier in life, but I think it takes a considerable amount of maturity.

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