I know exactly how this guy feels:

1996 Staples Commercial

As much as I love my kids, as much as I’ve enjoyed spending time with them over the summer, I do still have to concern myself with minor details such as earning a living. The bank doesn’t give me time off paying the mortgage because the kids are off school. The kids still expect to eat. And there’s no denying it’s difficult to give full attention to work when my home and my workspace have been invaded by a horde of tiny little dictators. Tiny little LOUD dictators. Who’ve had enough of each other after two weeks. And fight. Constantly.

This year, I’m not looking forward to the start of the school year as much as usual. My oldest daughter has been babysitting my youngest for the past couple of weeks, enabling me to plow through piles of work in the office. As of this week, I am back to bringing a bored toddler to work with me. But, as the middle two are also returning to school, I’m ahead overall. And the toddler starts preschool at the beginning of November, so this is the home stretch.

In the next few months, with a regular infusion of child-free workdays, I look forward to the completion of a book trailer for Reflection of the Gods and the first draft of my second novel, The Divine Measure. And, of course, I’ll be blogging and Facebooking regularly.

In other words, I’m b-a-a-a-ck.