This lovely creature looks like something that would come out of my worst nightmares. And in a way he represents the biggest obstacle writers must face in their careers. He has a name. Sanguisugent ,,,which means blood sucker. You know, whatever it is in your life that tries to suck all the time and energy away from you so there is nothing left for the writing. Life used to be simpler. I think the art of writing used to be simpler too. Somewhere along the way in our quest to "do it all", we managed to pick up this guy. He is the gatekeeper between a productive writing life and one filled with squeezing in writing moments among all the other demands of our day. Full time jobs, spouses, children, household chores, bills, playing taxi...sometimes referee...you know how it is...one thousand and one obligations constantly tugging at us the minute we sit down in front of the computer. But there's a secret to handling Mr. Sanguisugent, and I will gladly share it with you. It's called the magic of empowerment. Empower yourself to turn your back on him when he sneaks up on you. Give yourself permission to take that lone hour every day just for you...to indulge in the thing you love most. Politely, yet firmly, say no when this blood sucker tries to make you feel guilty about pursuing your dreams. Readers NEED writers like you to carry the torch of creating magic, so don't let the sanguisugents of this world stop you! Remember, his bark is worse than his bite...
So Few Of Me
Written by: Peter Reynolds
Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds
Teaser: Leo feels overwhelmed by all the chores he must do every day. Things like schoolwork, laundry, making something to eat, until he wishes there were more of him to get all the work done. But a wish like that can be powerful and before Leo knows it, there are TEN of him and ten times the chaos! Leo ends up spending as much time trying to manage all the other Leos as it took to do the actual work in the first place! How will he tackle this new problem? Will things ever get back to normal for Leo?