I flew down to LA on Friday and at the moment I'm staying in Pasadena. It is probably in the mid to high 90s at the moment, but yesterday and Friday, the temps were around 106-107. Gee-zus. This is way too hot for an Oregon native like me, especially given that we've not had much of a spring in Portland. (I know, I know, its now summer. We kinda went right from winter to summer.)
Even though Suzanne's house is air-conditioned, it still gets hot. And yesterday my Vaio just couldn't take it, and kept blue-screening on me. Poor little thing is over three years old, which must be like over 100 in computer years. And so yesterday I ended up getting nothing done. Suzanne and I tried to have a yard sale, hauling stuff out front to sell, but nobody came by. It was too damn hot.
So today I was determined to get some writing done and this morning I got up and worked on the novel. I did what I always tell people not to do, which was fuss over the beginning. (I reserve the right to give contradictory advice. And at least for me, the rest of the piece, no matter what it is, simply won't flow until I've got the beginning right. I wrote about that somewhere. Let me see…ah yes, here it is.)
I fussed over the beginning and then wrote a wee bit more. By a wee bit more I mean maybe a paragraph or so more. But it doesn't matter. Cuz I loved getting up and getting to the novel first thing. I had a good bit of momentum going on that last week, but what with the need to hop on an airplane, work on a yard sale, and survive the heat wave, I had lost it. Now its back.
Of course, the hell part is that I'm going to lose it again, as tomorrow I'm going down to Laguna Beach to stay with my mentor and friend Julie. I'm stopping in Silver Lake to pick up another good friend, Deidre.
Together the three of us make up the west coast contingent of the Novel Goddesses, a group which also includes Linda, and two writers who do not yet have websites but will need them soon because Maryann is about to have her first novel published and Katy is working on a kick-ass one.
Losing momentum on the novel is going to be well worth it. I'll get back to it when I return here on Wednesday.
By the way, I'm working on the new book review site, which I don't even have a link for yet but will soon, and if you are interested in reviewing, please email me or leave a comment.