On Writing in a home filled with children and a little dog named Samwise Gandalf

I continue to get emails from people who would like to “edit” me. One lady said she would be very embarrassed to be me because if she wrote as badly as I do, she would not dream of putting her work on the internet, as it would just be so presumptuous. Another dissed me as being incongruent in my personal life and promoting freedom for others, when I behave as a dictator in family life.

I’m not quite sure what she meant, but all I could gather is that my writing made her angry.

Some emails are from good friends just sending along a friendly FYI – hey did you know you mispelled this word? Or, what do you know, you got this link wrong….or perhaps you missed this, and would prefer to say it another way?

I don’t really mind those types of emails, I know these people love me and just want me to put my best foot forward.

Others send along more snarky toned emails letting me know that I used bad grammer, or hacked up an idea with bad wording etc…
What I would like to explain and have understood by you my readers are the conditions under which I write. Not to excuse myself for a lack of excellence in writing. More to let you know that I am doing my best, and for now, that has to be enough.

I generally write under the most intense of conditions. Children running through my home, dog barking, phone ringing. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines…no, not for blogging, but to keep my life working well. Have to get Shelly to work by noon, pick up Allison by four, and Jeff to the chiropractor at five. Supper on the table at 5:30 so the kids can be out the door by 6:00.
Get to bed early, so I can wake up early…but never seem to fall asleep before eleven because somebody in the house needs me. I go all day long….laundry, dishes, cooking, shopping, disciplining, teaching, encouraging, and helping.

I know other writers are able to do all this and more and still take the time to do a grammatical check or spell check. I don’t. I figure if I spell it natural or naturale, you still get the meaning of what I am trying to say.

I am not a writer. I don’t have an editor, proofreader, assistant, or secretary. I don’t get a check every two weeks, and I don’t have any advertisers on my sites. Over the years I have enjoyed writing letters to the editor on a variety of topics, and I wrote my books because I had something to say, and now I blog because I like to share the good things in my life, hopefully to help someone have an easier time as a mother, but also because I love to share what I have learned from 18 years of mothering.

As I said, I am not a writer, I am simply a mother who happens to write. So, as I make excuses for my style of writing which tends to be somewhat stream of conciousness and not very well put together, just know….the dog is barking, Ben is asking for a peanut butter sandwich, a friend just called inviting me to go to the park, Jeff is teasing somebody, the girls are arguing with me about chores, and Andy just ate the last cookie (piece of bread, apple, chip, cracker…that kid is always hungry) and everyone is mad at him.

This is my day to day life. I am a blogger, and I know my writing would never be copy for a major newspaper, but for now, this is what I have to offer.

Jenny Hatch

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