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All about writing and the journey as I work to figure out how best to publish a novel that I accidentally wrote on purpose.

Therapy from a season of reading

Feels like I haven’t been keeping up with things lately.

This blog, for one. Has it really been a half year since I posted last? And a year before that?

Crafting in general. I get an idea to try a new craft, buy all of the supplies I need for a project, and put them somewhere safe for when I’m ready to get around to it.

Homeschooling hasn’t been a choice, but I’m not doing all the extras we used to do, just the basic lessons.

I haven’t written anything for my novel since January. (Though the good news is that the full first draft is done and now I’m on edits. No wonder I’m avoiding it.)

In fact, it has felt a bit like my life is on pause. Or maybe fast-forward. Like I can’t accomplish anything, or I’m accomplishing the same thing over and over again and a year has gone by in the blink. Like I’m diminished to just getting work done and dealing with medical issues and that’s all I have the energy to really do well.

It seems that life comes in seasons.

Periods of time where you go through a particular arc of learning, being, trying, or resting — and that this is my waiting season.  Or, maybe more accurately, my reading season.

Lately, when I have a bit of downtime, I’ve found myself reaching for a book, or graphic novel. In the past few years, I’ve read around 180 books each year (friend me on Goodreads if you’d like to see what I’m enjoying). I’ve also been posting regularly to a book review blog with a couple of friends. (Feel free to check it out at infinitedistractions.com.)

But the thing is, it’s okay to be in a season of waiting. And when you’re waiting, books are great company.

Though I read mostly fiction, the characters struggling through those stories are bringing me lessons at their own pace. I just finished a book that bludgeoned me with lessons about how you have to choose to live, and it’s not worth dwelling on regrets, and that we’re each full of a multitude of possibilities — the only mistake is not to try any of them.

The past few years have felt a bit like a limbo, but I can feel myself at the edge… almost ready to push through. I looked at the cross stitch I haven’t touched in over a year and thought about it. I opened my WIP doc for the novel I’m editing and thought about it. I pulled out my Kumihimo gear this morning, and thought about it.

Being at the edge like this, almost ready to jump but not quite, is a comfortable place to be. I’m not sure how long I’ll stay here.

Who knows what my next season will bring?

Happy living!

Photo of books by Suzy Hazelwood from StockSnap

Yesterday: Trying to write

I watched the minutes tick by, as I was trying to write.

I made a grocery list, and I was trying to write.

I taught the kids some math, and I was trying to write.

I got caught in the FaceBook trap, and I was trying to write.

I worried and I hoped, and I was trying to write.

I had more important work to do, and I was trying to write.

I stopped ‘trying’ to write, and I wrote.

NaNo 2019 Day 20 — Flaming Apple part II

It’s about that time again! Time for what? Time for another ‘flaming apple’ highlights reel! Only this time, I actually searched for images of flaming apples and didn’t get anything exciting, so let’s just say the lights in the book are a metaphor for the flame of my story, which, though dimmed, hasn’t gone out! Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 20 — Flaming Apple part II

NaNo 2019 Day 19 — Building the story

I mentioned in another post that the attempt to write a novel has changed the way I look at books. Although that’s not quite right — it’s not just books. It’s changed how I understand all stories.

Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 19 — Building the story

NaNo 2019 Day 18 — Writers must be readers, too

A common piece of advice in writing forums and from writing coaches is that you need to read extensively in the genre you’re trying to write. I don’t understand this piece of advice.

Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 18 — Writers must be readers, too

NaNo 2019 Days 16 & 17 — Catch-up weekend

Weekends are such a great time to relax. Unless it’s NaNo, in which case they’re a good time to build wordcount and/or catch up to where you’re supposed to be.

While I didn’t find myself totally caught up after the weekend, I did add a good number of words, and I’m happy with a few additions my characters made to the story: Continue reading NaNo 2019 Days 16 & 17 — Catch-up weekend

NaNo 2019 Day 15 — #amwriting

Behind on wordcount today. Again. Oops.

I mean, if I added in all the words from all the posts I’ve written this month… but that would be like cheating. It would certainly be cheating myself, since my goal is not really to just make it to 50k, but to actually finish this manuscript.

Therefore, instead of a long post today, I’m hanging up a sign on my door that may or may not help me actually achieve my goal: Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 15 — #amwriting

NaNo 2019 Day 14 — Inspiration

There are days that require inspiration. Days that pull or push in just the wrong ways. Days that make you tired just by existing. Days when everything is a struggle.

When I come across an inspirational quote, I sometimes jot it down for just such occasions. Here are a few that live near my desk, in case one of these speaks to you and fills your need for today: Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 14 — Inspiration

NaNo 2019 Day 13 — Bartleby

I haven’t done much blogging about what I’m writing for NaNo this year, and for a very specific reason:  I don’t like to share too much too early. It’s almost like I’m worried about sharing too much, in case I change my mind about what’s going to happen. Or maybe it’s a kind of stage fright.

But a thing happened in my writing that I loved. It has happened in every manuscript I’ve written so far, and it gives me a charge every time. Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 13 — Bartleby