Jen Michalski

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You'll Be Fine (2021; NineStar Press)

"An enjoyable story about an adult trying to grow up"
Kirkus Reviews

Selected, "Best Books We Read This Year (2021)”— Independent Book Review

Coming Soon

The Company of Strangers
(2022; Braddock Avenue Books)

Time Management

I only wrote 5 more pages of the new novel this weekend, bringing the first-draft chaos to a mere 127 pages. Finding time to write can be challenging for any writer, I know, but it's always more difficult when there is family involved. Of course, I don't have children, but I do have a partner, and I'd be lying if I said we never had minor tiffs about the time I spent on my writing projects. Not that my partner isn't incredibly supportive of my endeavors, often lending a hand to various projects, first in line to proofread and comment, but I often feel guilty while I'm writing, selfish, self-absorbed. I don't know if it's the time spent writing so much as the time spent in this rich, inaccessible (to the other person) inner world. I often wonder what is the right balance, to be fair to myself and to be fair to everyone else.

But I think everyone has (or should have) hobbies, and this is mine (although I believe it to be more than a hobby). How do other writers in marriages and relationships, with or without children, manage?

(I was even so good yesterday not to watch the World Cup final so I could at least get those five pages on paper). Viva la Furia Roja!