I’m so happy to welcome my dear friend Roxanne Snopek to the blog today! And I’m especially thrilled to share that last week she hit the USA Today Bestsellers list! Congratulations, Roxanne, and thank you for being here. Take it away…
How I Forgot To Brush My Teeth Until 4 pm
So this happened: I was proudly finishing off the last few things on a check list that included “renew prescription,” “change heroine’s hair color” and “deal with that pesky tax notice you’ve been avoiding” when the doorbell rang. Now, since we have three dogs, all manner of universal nerve-shredding crazy-pants erupts in our house at that sound. I leaped up from my desk, cracking my knee against the side of it as usual, beat the hounds to the door and yanked it open, backward-kicking and yelling as I did so.
“Yes?” I shouted at the nice summer student selling roof and gutter cleaning, AKA casing my house. “What!?”
I was deep in The Zone and not super-happy to be jolted out of it, seeing as I was on deadline. It may have showed.
He took a step back and began his spiel, then thought better of it, handed me a flyer and high-tailed it to greener pastures.
That’s when I realized that a) I was still wearing my housecoat b) I hadn’t eaten anything all day and was feeling slightly woozy as a result and c) I probably hadn’t brushed my teeth. Okay, I definitely hadn’t brushed my teeth.
It was one of those days, and while they don’t happen all the time (contrary to popular belief) they are not uncommon and I’m tired of feeling guilty about them. When you work from home, largely inside your own head, it’s easy to forget about the rest of the world. And when you’re crashing multiple deadlines, as I have been for the past several months, you eat a lot of cereal and, yeah, the laundry tends to pile up.
You’ve been there, right? (I can hear the writers among us hollering “Sing it, sister!”)
Our lives are rich and full, but there will be times, seasons sometimes, of overload, exhaustion, brain fog, when it feels like we’re trying to think through a block of cheese, when we think one more task will be the one that breaks us, makes us chase that nice young man down the street.
(To be clear, that did NOT happen.)
And it’s not just writers. If you’re a young mom, juggling breastfeeding and sleepless nights and childcare, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re an older mom, completing the largely thankless and invisible work of child-rearing, you know what I’m saying. If you’re multi-tasking your way through school and/or work and/or parenthood and/or marriage, you probably have a lot of days like this.
If you’re menopausal and/or depressed and/or dealing with a chronic illness and/or caretaking for someone else who’s chronically ill, you probably have weeks or months like this.
I’d like to give you a hug and remind you that it’s okay if you can’t do it all perfectly. Especially if someone else is holding that dratted Yardstick of Perfection.
It’s okay to forget to brush your teeth now and then.
My schedule has lightened up a bit, now that summer is almost here and I’m proud to say I’m getting caught up on some of the many tasks that I let slip this winter. But it was worth it, because I completed my THIS OLD HOUSE novella series when CINDERELLA’S COWBOY, the fourth book, released on April 28. Plus, on May 12, my novel THE MILLIONAIRE DADDY PROJECT launched, part of the Entangled Indulgence MEN OF THE ZODIAC series.
I love both these stories and you know what? My teeth are fine.
Click HERE for an excerpt and buy links to The Millionaire Daddy Project.
Stories by Roxanne Snopek are a bit like her life: dramatic, emotional and messy, with dogs, cats and other critters usually underfoot. She believes that the best heroes are cowboys under the surface, even if they deny it. She lives in beautiful British Columbia with her hero of 25 years and whatever kids and pets happen to be around.
P.S. from Robin ~ Happy summer, happy reading, happy writing, happy everything.