I work full-time. I'm a high school English teacher. That means I leave the house before 7, work 'til 3, often go to the gym or do errands after work, get around somewhere between 5 and 6, make dinner, grade papers or plan lessons, and then, if I'm really lucky, maybe write for an hour or two. Of course, I'm lucky in that I do have more time on the weekends and certainly during summer break. But still.
I've decided to propose a workshop for the RWA National conference next year in San Diego about "Doing It All," featuring a panel of authors who work full-time and write full-time. Who take care of kids and/or their aging parents. Who serve in various community groups. Who are married. Who have friends they like to see once in a while.
I hope the RWA Board accepts the workshop; I think it's sorely needed. I put out a call for authors to join me on the panel, and I had 14 contact me within 24 hours. I can only have 5 authors total, including me, so choosing who the heck to include will be a separate challenge. But their interest, my own experience, and the absence of a workshop like this in the past makes me cross my fingers that this proposal will be one the Board will like.
I'll keep you posted!