Tomorrow is the first day of school.
In years past I'd been only too ready to send my kids back. Let someone else deal with them all day long, you know? I need the break! But now . . . I don't know. Maybe it's that they're just more pleasant to be around - the bickering and tantruming has become more of a novelty than a regular occurrence these past two years. Or maybe it's because the school year is so mentally and emotionally exhausting that I dread being thrown into the trenches come September. Or maybe it's that I'm not ready for the monotony of packed lunches or the drama of nightly homework battles or the dragging-little-bodies-out-of-warm-beds every morning. For whatever reason, I'm just not ready.
What I am ready for is a regained sense of normalcy; a return to schedule and consistency. I'm ready to attack my writing projects with a renewed ferocity so that I can publish two (if not three!) books in 2013. I have two sequels to write - The Seventh Tribe, as well as the yet-unnamed follow-up to Blood Type (available NOW, btw). I've also got an adult romantic/comedy that's been taking up residence in my mind. Let's just say that November will be a very busy month for me as I try to tackle several projects at the same time during NaNoWriMo.
So whether I'm ready or not, here we go.