Writing contest, babysitting, and a horseback ride

By Katharine Swan On Saturday, January 24, 2009 At 4:59 PM

As you can see from the title of today's blog post, this is destined to be a busy weekend.

The biggest news is that I am participating in WritersWeekly.com's winter 24-Hour Short Story Contest. It's been a couple of years since I've done this contest, but I loved it both times I participated before. I've always been meaning to do it again — and I'm glad I chose this one! It's a great topic, and I already have some good ideas!

The babysitting part of my weekend is already finished, but it was a real time suck — from 2:00 pm yesterday until around 2:30 pm today. Every once in a while the family I babysit for has me cover for an overnight that their regular nanny can't do. It's good money, so I don't mind much, but it does take up a lot of time!

(And, incidentally, it does mean that I'm likely to be sleep deprived all weekend. The kids woke me up at 6:45 this morning — 6:45, for crying out loud! — and I will most likely be up late tonight working on my story, which is due by 11:00 am tomorrow morning.)

And of course, I have to make sure I take advantage of my only opportunity to spend some time with my horse this weekend. Tuesday was the last time I visited, so I've been neglecting him somewhat this week. Hopefully tomorrow will be a good day for a ride!

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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