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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: Minutes
By Ivy Strader


7:03 am. Lynn wakes up when Krissy, her three-year-old, pinches her cheek and whispers, “Mommy, I have to go potty.” She groans and rolls over; Hubby is still asleep.

8:37. Hubby gives Lynn an absentminded kiss as he sprints out the door for work. Lynn pours herself another cup of coffee and starts to make breakfast for Krissy, Liam, and baby Jack.

9:30. Lynn puts the kids in front of a piece of butcher paper and a box of crayons. She heads for the computer, ready to start her writing for the day.

9:32. “Mommy, I have to go potty.”

9:40. “Mommy, Jack's eating crayons.”

9:41. “Mommy. Mommy. Mommy.”

9:45. Lynn bundles Jack into his stroller and takes them for a walk to the park. She is thinking of all the things she'll write as soon as she gets back. She absentmindedly forgets to stop at the playground.

10:14. “Okay, kids, Mommy's busy. Watch Jack in his playpen and don't fight.” Lynn decides to clean off her desk before she starts writing.

11:35. “Mommy, I'm hungry,” Liam whines, coming into the room. Lynn looks up from the first draft of an old story she found underneath a pile of bills. The desk is still a mess. She decides to make lunch.

1:03. The kitchen is clean, the children are fed, and Krissy and Jack are fast asleep while Liam colors. Lynn peeks into the mess of the office room and veers away, suddenly remembering she has to call her mother and her friend Sandra back about Liam's birthday party.

2:30. Lynn hangs up just as Jack and Krissy wander in, looking sleepy.

4:22. Afternoon Activity Time is finished. Lynn looks at the clock and realizes she needs to start marinating the meat for dinner.

4:37. “Mommy! Mommy, Liam hitted me!” Krissy yells from the other room. “Liam hit me, Krissy,” Lynn yells back. She notices how grimy the refrigerator is looking. There's a loud thump and the baby starts to wail.

5:30. Hubby walks in the door just as Lynn is heading for the computer. They stop to chat for a while and Hubby updates her on office gossip. The baby starts to cry again and the timer for the meat goes off.

6:12. Dinnertime. Lynn spends most of it wrestling food into Jack's mouth.

7:05. Lynn does the dishes.

7:26. Lynn cleans the refrigerator.

7:54. Lynn starts to get everyone ready for bed.

9:32. The kids are in bed, Hubby is watching TV, and the desk is moderately clean. With a sense of accomplishment, Lynn finally sits down to write. She stretches, smiles, and positions her fingers on the keys.

9:59. Still staring at the screen, her fingers still on the keyboard, Lynn gradually comes to a realization. She doesn't want to admit it to herself, but she can't ignore it. Writer's Block has struck again.

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AnneRene' Capp05/20/10
This is great. Really like how you broke down the time as it does speed by and leaves us wondering why we didn't get to those little priorities. This left me smiling and hoping you get some "real" time alone, to write more and share your obvious talent!
Caitlyn Meissner05/22/10
*guffaws* I LOVED that ending, and this whole story. You very realistically presented a writer's day, and made it completely interesting into the bargain. Great job!
Lyn Churchyard05/24/10
One day in the life of a writer. Boy, I reckon half of Faithwriters could relate to this. Well done. Definitely on topic.
Phee Paradise 05/24/10
Very cute. I can completely relate, even though my kids are grown. It's so easy to let the rest of life take over. I think you did a great job.
Maria Egilsson05/24/10
Well done on your "first" challenge. This highlights the topic so well. I can just hear the little ones calling "mommy, mommy, mommy". Where does time go? It slips away, minute by minute. Great job.
Mildred Sheldon05/24/10
Right on topic, and you did a great job showing all writers the interruptions of life, and how it can stop you from doing what you'd love to do. Great job and keep writing.
Joan Campbell05/24/10
Great job on this Ivykat. You showed how quickly a day with little ones can pass by. I loved the Lynn...Lynn...Lynn as the Hubby watched TV. Oh so real!
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse05/24/10
The use of time stamps really brought this to life. Caught my attention right away. Excellent work.
Marita Thelander 05/24/10
I'm trying not to laugh. My DIL just got a job and I am babysitting my 3 grandkids. 3 yr old girl and 2 yr old twin boys. This was pretty close to my day plus pinkeye for two... except I get to have evenings to write and my entry is in for the week.
(I am feeling a crimp in my freedom as a writer though.)
Beth LaBuff 05/24/10
I could see each event and I loved your ending. Very creative! I enjoyed this!
Noel Mitaxa 05/25/10
Very prophetic, in that you've nailed this week's topic. I love how you've outlined your mc's day of distractions and delays. Very honest.
Karen Macor05/25/10
You've done a great job writing this. Congratulations.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/22/10
This is such a great entry. I so can picture that many aspiring writer moms have days just like those. I hope you'll start entering more challenges. I really enjoy your work.