I'm surrounded by early birds. If my kids wake up after six a.m., they've slept in. It's nothing new--they've always been this way. So if I want some alone time in the morning, I have to get up really early.
4:30-ish seems to work best. It gives me about an hour and fifteen minutes to write before I'm on mom duty. Any earlier and I have trouble focusing (even with help from my new best friend, coffee). But any later and I don't have enough time to get much accomplished.
So this morning I wake up at 4:25, make my breakfast and coffee, and sit down to write. Around fifteen minutes later, just as I'm getting thoroughly entrenched in the creative process, Kyle's door opens and he stumbles out all adorably tousled and bleary-eyed. Yup, he's awake and it's not even 5 yet. I lead him back to bed and get him tucked back in and hope he goes back to sleep. Not just for my own selfish reasons, but because he's only four and is a lot more pleasant to be around when he's well-rested. (Aren't we all!)
Nothing doing. 20 minutes later he comes out again and says he's full of energy and doesn't need to sleep anymore. So I get him settled on the couch, put a Rugrats tape in the VCR (bad mom, I know), clomp my earphones over my ears (itunes on my computer--it's just the coolest!), and manage to pound away at the keyboard for another half-hour before Kara wakes up.
Not my ideal early morning writing session, but not a total loss either. I just hope it was a fluke and not a trend for the future!
I'm excited, though. I'm getting closer and closer to the end of the story. And not only is it taking shape on the computer screen, but the parts I haven't written yet are coming together in my mind. Now I know how it's going to end! There are still a couple of plot points I need to figure out, but for the most part the story is finished. I can't express how thrilling it is to understand how it all gets resolved. I've been creating/discovering this story for going-on three years, and now I see how it all fits together. It's exhilarating!
The course to the finish line is laid out in front of me. All I have to do is follow it.