I'm a working mum. It's hard.
I work in a job that needs a high level of concentration, and by the end of the day all I want to do is crawl into bed and go to sleep.
Instead, I cook dinner for my children, help the eldest with his homework, catch up with my friends and usually late at night when everyone goes to sleep, I write.
I don't brush my hair in the morning, instead I scrape it into a ponytail, twist it into a bun and tie it up. No-one knows I don't brush it, I just deal with the knots later.
Half the time I don't cook a full meal. We have chicken nuggets and toasted sandwiches sometimes. It doesn't matter. My kids and I go to sleep having been fed and that's the important thing.
Last year I had a lot of stressful stuff going on in my life, and I buried myself in my writing for distraction as much as anything else.
So this year, I want to make everything better in my life. The thing that was causing me stress has gone, and I'm looking forward to relaxing more, taking more time with my children and enjoying my writing even more.
I don't have to crank out a new book every month, or ever two months. If I put out three new books this year, I'll be doing well. Having said that, I already have one written and almost ready to go in Loving the Rake, and I've written 10,000 words of The Accidental Sultan. So, I have a bit of a head start.
I'll do NaNoWriMo again this year, but not plan a book launch at the same time.
Watch this space. Already with things going better this year, I've had a whole heap of story ideas. I'm fighting one off at the moment while I finish off Taking Chances.
Now all I need is more hours in the day.
Ariadne Wayne is the pen name of an overworked, often exhausted mother of two who frequently turns to the internet for relaxation. It doesn't always work...