Sometimes a love of writing has to wait its turn. I work as a Council planner where I spend my days writing about subdivisions and garages, and in my evenings, I compose stories. My husband and I live on a rural lifestyle block, time rich now that the offspring have departed to make their way in the world. While I miss them, their absence has allowed me to recreate myself. Perhaps, after many years of parenting and a series of careers in surveying, dairying and planning, I might yet become that most elusive of characters, a real writer.