Your mother has worked as a freelance writer since 2001. That means you have had more than 6 years to observe her and her work habits. And more than 6 years' worth of repeated requests to Leave Mom Alone When She's Working.
If Mom RUNS down the hall, half dressed, clearly crazed, and throws herself down in front of the computer
If she hunches over the keyboard, wild-eyed, typing as fast as she can
If she is clearly ignoring you
Really trying hard to ignore you
Looks like she is mumbling to herself
and starts making odd head movements, like she hears music in her head
DON'T TALK TO HER. MOM IS WORKING. YOU CAN HANDLE IT. IT CAN WAIT.
I swear, my children refuse to acknowledge that I have anything better to do than answer their every question, the second they think to ask it.
I love them, honestly I do. But I wish, sometimes, I had an office with a door.