It’s funny as a writer it’s easy to talk about your characters, but not so much yourself. It’s like asking Superman to talk about himself without involving his powers. Yeap, my name is Shyla Colt, and writing is my super power. *places hands on hips and strikes a ridiculous pose. Able to dream up a story in the span of a minute, type faster than the eye can track, and fling witty comments faster than Spiderman’s web, I’m a force to be reckoned with. Of course, this is all by night…By day I’m mild mannered, stay at home mom of two, and wife to a Marine. The following is a day in my life.
I’m woken oh so sweetly by the sweet sounds… okay so my alarm clock is usually my one year old who at the moment is teething. Her squawks… no really ask my friends its pterodactyl status, let me know the little miss is up and ready to be changed, medicated, and fed. If I’m lucky this doesn’t happen at six or earlier and her older sister remains asleep. Up I go doing a zombie walk to the bed. Then together we greet the day, and I start a pot of coffee. Usually I have a hangover at this point, no, not from alcohol. * Wags finger, from using my powers for good too late the night before.
Breakfast is whipped up, the older daughter is awakened and they eat while I cruise my emails, check up on Facebook, etc. Caught up I grab a quick bite and begin to think about what I’ll write today as I clean up, entertain, and play. We’re all about PBS here *whispers, no commercials, so I’ll let them watch their faves, Daniel Tigers Neighborhood , and Sesame street. Then it’s time for the daily walk. Dressed, we load up into the stroller and set out to talk about nature, swing by the grocery store if necessary, or just amble along in the neighborhood. Now that they’re nice and tired out,*crosses fingers, hopefully, it’s nap time.
That’s when I hop onto the computer and write like my life depends on it. Between 1-2 hours later they’re up and it’s crafts/games, and imagination time. In between pandering to my two budding scientists I write. Be it on a computer or a scrap of paper. I can get pretty creative. At times I imagine I look like a college student with my every present composition notebook and whatever book I’m using for research at the moment. *chuckles. I’m a mad mad woman with a dream. Yeap, stole that from Dr. Who, he has a blue box that travels through time and I have … well… my imagination and writing utensils? *shrugs sheepishly.
My day chugs along like Thomas Puffing down the track and I make dinner, have family time, help bath and bundle my little sweeties, spend time with the Mr., and then oh ,then it’s time to don my suit! Generally, a quirky pajamas that make me smile, and become Shyla Colt, the super hero once more. It’s not as glamorous as one would imagination. But it works, with a lot of juggling, sacrifice, tons of support and looking forward. I know a lot of my friends ask me how I manage to work from home, and what it’s like to be a writer. I hope this answered that question and gave you a little chuckle at the same time.
Told once ‘You have to be an author, then you’re craziness becomes eccentrics’, Shyla Colt has always been in love with the written word and possessed a desire to write. Named after Super Girl in the comics, she often mistakes her mortality for super hero status. So, she holds many hats, Mother, Marine Wife, and writer are her top three. Writing allows her to explore new venues, face her demons, and touch others. A huge practitioner of paying it forward, and putting in what you want to get out, she hopes to inspire, enlighten, move, and entertain you with her work. Mixing humor, drama, and strong women, often with a paranormal element, she continues to soldier ahead in the writing field. One of her favorite things is talking to fans.
If you want to know more about me and the hectic craziness I call my life you can find me at the following places