I know I've cracked jokes about motherhood, but the truth is that I would not want to be in the world without my kids (shown at right squeezing me out of the picture.) I feel a specific joy when I see them even when they're squeezing squeezing from both ends.
Like every writer, I want to finish the manuscript I'm working on and get it published. But I also want to be present for and responsive to my kids. They deserve it. Many writers have been successful at this balancing act although I wonder, did the children of regal Toni Morrison act like this in her family photos?