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A New Night Has Come

Fact: I tend to be stubborn when it comes to my personal needs.
Fact: I value my sleep. I must get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
Fact: I take care of my two young children all day, every day, and I am pregnant with my third, so naps are a must, too.
Fact: I used to write during my kids' naptime until I became pregnant with #3.

All these facts add up to my writing routine flying out the window, never to be seen again. At least, not until my kids are old enough to be more independent and less demanding of my constant attention. Little ones really do zap your energy. Now that I think of it, they probably are not really zapping it. They are siphoning it out of their poor, sleep-deprived parents.

So, what is a stay-at-home mom and writer to do when her writing schedule is nonexistent? The answer is simple: adapt. For most of my adult life, I have had a habit of waking up in the middle of the night, lying awake for an hour or two (usually watching boring YouTube videos until I star…

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