My three-year-old still puts his hands over his eyes so that you cannot see him. He puts his head under pillows and, every Tuesday and Thursday, puts his head inside the back of my shirt as he walks into preschool. (I have to spin rather quickly to "find" him!) His actions are cute but not are not effective means of hiding.
I started this blog under a pseudo-anonymous name. I thought if it didn't turn out too well, or if I posted something I shouldn't have, only a handful of people would really know it was me. Over the years, I've shared the link in a few places so now it comes up as soon as you Google my name. This was not an effective way to hide.
I say I need a critique group but I don't do the work to find one or start one. It has been so long now--I hate to admit to anyone how long it's been since I have participated in such a group but waiting a little longer is not an effective solution.
Earlier this week, I impulsively commented on a facebook post from a local bookstore. This store happens to be my new favorite place to sit and write. I love going on Thursday mornings and often have the place to myself! (As a writer, the peace and quiet amidst shelves of books is perfect; as a mom, the peace and quiet is priceless!) Another writer was enjoying the space yesterday but posted on the site that she would love for other writers to join her. I spoke up--on facebook--using my real name.