I've turned my ringer to low on my phone and told people not to call at certain times of the day unless it's 'important'. However, what they feel is important and what I feel is important varies greatly. So now I let the answering machine pick up 90% of disrupting phone calls.
I've also allotted myself a little room in our house that is 'My Space' for writing. When the door to that room is closed it's because I'm working and if anyone knocks or opens that door they better have a darn good reason for doing so.
I have found that asking people to give me the same respect and common courtesy that I give them helps them to understand. "I wouldn't call you at work to tell you about the cute little bunnies in my yard, please don't do it to me. What I do behind that closed door is my job, please respect that."
Tell yourself you deserve time to yourself to pursue your craft and then demand that others respect you for that decision.
I hope he comes back soon, I'd love to see him again.
I still think Al would have come home and had dinner with us, if we asked and the manager wasn't there!
Glad he is still going strong.
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