It’s been one of those days. I thought I’d take time to work on some of my self-initiated projects instead of all the work I do for other people (those pesky items that pay the bills). And yet. There was a series of emails that needed to be sent out for the Loft, and those led to a flurry of emails in response. And then my friend in LA had called and so I needed to call her back and there was that earthquake so it took way longer than usual to get through because all the circuits were busy. (Can I just say how happy I am that there was an earthquake this week, since I’ll be in LA next week? This takes the pressure off all those underground faults and fissures, so there won’t be another one for a long, long time. Right? Right? Right?)
And after that, oh so many things happened that kept my nose to the grindstone. I emailed a couple of book publicists for my book review and author site, and went through the contracts for the AWP panel. More emails. A lot more emails. Completed a long-overdue survey about the makeover the wonderful Typepad people did for me. And so on and so forth.
All wonderful things, but not writing. Not at all writing. All writing-related, but not writing. Sheesh. The good news is that I got enough done–oh, except there is the wee matter of the next ghostwriting project I need to start–that tomorrow can mostly be devoted to writing.
So, before dinner, feeling proud of myself, I sat down with a glass of wine and my knitting to relax a bit. Never mind that my son, who is way too old for this kind of behavior, was banging relentlessly on the wall of the family room asking when dinner would be ready. I ignored him as best I could (he finally went and started dinner himself but don’t be too impressed because it was take-out meatballs) and concentrated on my knitting, pondering what lovely words I would be writing tomorrow.
And as I formed stitch after stitch (I’m making a skirt, yes, a skirt–check out this great book called Handknit Skirts from Tricoter) I had a thought. A brilliant thought, actually, about a problem in one of my fiction pieces that had plagued me. I am going to submit a story to my friend Linda’s Christmas anthology, and I’m going to be editing a chapter of my first novel down to make it into a short story. I really have no clue how to do this, and less of a clue as to how to start.
Ah, but such is the benefit of finally getting one’s mind quiet enough for brilliance to flood in. It helps, immensely, when one’s hands are occupied, I find. Any kind of repetitive behavior seems to set the mind free for great ideas. Gardening is good, as is lawn mowing, or vaccuuming, or sewing. Walking is excellent. I’m sure golf probably is, but I wouldn’t know as the one time I played golf it took me so long at each tee that kicked me off the course. Anyway, you get the idea.
So now I’m primed to get going tomorrow. As long as I start with fiction first and do no go to the email I’ll be fine.