writing not writing.

Before I was downsized, I had less time to write. And I hated it. Some nights I would stay up far too late writing because I had to. And I’d go to work after a mere 5 hours of sleep… which is nowhere near enough for me. But it was worth it.

Possibly the greatest result of my unemployment has been time. Time I’ve spent reading and writing. I rarely go a full 24 hours without writing something, even if it’s just a few notes for future writing. But inevitably, my brain has a meltdown (or I do) and I need to change my focus for a while.

I read every day. It’s not unusual for me to doze off and promptly jolt awake when the book I was holding falls on my face. I’ve actually had minor injuries from this. I also have a few favorite television shows [my God, Archer makes me laugh… and Undateable Live – hilarious]. I regularly kick my husband’s ass at Words with Friends. And in the interest of full disclosure, I may have a small Candy Crush addiction. [What? I’m only on level 1142. I do not have a problem.]

Also during my non-writing time, I enjoy other creative diversions. Designing. Making cool stuff. Cooking. Baking. I’ve made different cakes [or cupcakes] for every one of my kids’ birthdays [that’s 18 to date]. And I’ve designed and printed lovely custom invitations, cards, and announcements for all sorts of family occasions for many years [weddings, babies, holiday cards, tons of birthdays].

This invite from my daughter’s 2nd birthday is one of my favorites…


I also made a unique monster for every guest at that party…


A fun invite I did for my son (copyright infringement is rampant)…


I loved how this Christmas card turned out [yes, those kids in the 4th floor center window are a representation of my actual children… and 2nd floor left is my late cat Spooky]…


And here’s a birthday cake I made for my daughter’s 6th…

rainbow cake.

[Excuse the blurs. I’m a paranoid mom.]

Of course, during all of these things, I always have paper or my phone handy to note anything that comes to mind for my writing. Maybe that’s cheating… because I while I’m not writing, I’m writing. I think I’m always writing… in my head anyway.

~Writing 101: day 9

About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy, too. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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9 Responses to writing not writing.

  1. maynotbesoanonymous says:

    Creativity seem to never leave you. Have a good day. ☺

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  2. sassandsauce says:

    What a lovely cake.. loved the cards too.. wish you’d also share the recipes 🐱

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  3. Wow, you are a woman of many talents. Did you sew those individual monsters, or design them and order them from somewhere? I’m curious! I love the colorful cake. I wish I had a daughter to bake one for. (then to help her eat it all)

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    • I sewed the monsters… they’re polar fleece! All soft and cuddly and all a little different. Believe me, after the first 3 or 4, I was cursing myself for getting in so deep!

      And hey, you can use any colors for that cake… It doesn’t have to be for a girl… or even for a child! And it doesn’t have to be 6 layers either… I’m just insane. ☺

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      • Wow. I’m impressed. They are really cute. I don’t know if I’d have that much motivation to get them all done, lol. And, you’re right. My mother-in-law’s birthday is next week. Maybe I’ll make a similar cake for hers. Yum.

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        • Well, that was my daughter’s 2nd birthday. And even though my son was 4 and I’d already done quite a few parties, I kind of went crazy on every one! She just turned 8 last week and I did not do anything as involved for that party! It was cute though… Maybe I’ll post it!

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  4. Debby Thompson says:

    Wow, you really are a woman of many talents. I’m really enjoying your blog

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