Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Cleaning and reading and writing, oh my

This writing vacation has been productive. The last few months have been crazy between work, travel, the library course and writing. My house has been neglected. The pets have whined in various different voices. My TBR pile spilled over into a fourth room(I only have five rooms in this place). I actually spent Saturday stretched out on the couch with a cat on one side, another one on my lap, the dog beside me on the floor and the parrot on my shoulder while I read A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. It was a good day.

I rearranged my living room yesterday. Lifted furniture. It was quite a workout. I definitely earned a star.

Today I hauled my butt out of bed early and took Ky for a run before his chiropractor's appointment.

I was listening to the brilliant Lani Diane Rich and Samantha Graves podcast Will Write for Wine. I'm very behind in my listening. I think it was episode six. Regardless. Something strange happened. My brain made a few connections about my own characters. Poor Alex. His life really sucks - and I'm about to make it worse. Maybe not today. I only wrote the idea on the shower wall.

There's a definite correlation between my mood and Alex's. The last time I was all broody and moody was when Nea went on a tear and did her best to destroy Alex's moral fiber. It can be disturbing to try and think like a nasty, twisted demon. Facing one's demons is all too literal at times. As Alex is feeling pretty low, I've been questioning some of the same things he has. Trust me, that's a good thing.

In the meantime, I'm cleaning my house, cutting plastic bags to knit or crochet(I have patterns for both) into a rug and considering how to write myself out of this mood.


  1. I'm going through the same thing you are - the temporary burnout, the re-evaluating of goals, the mental housecleaning. No knitting or crochet project I've started in the last month has worked. Every single one has been frogged because I couldn't make the wool do what I wanted it to do.

    So I went back to spinning. Right back to the basics of how the wool feels. Making the wool from the very beginning, letting it slide through my fingers gave me the connection I needed to remember why I started my fibre arts journey in the first place.

    Sometimes you have to take a break and learn to walk again. Then you can run - just like you did with Ky.

    I'm sure Alex and Nea will be more rounded characters for you taking the break.

  2. When you vacation, you vacation with a vengeance. :-) Your post brings to mind the fierce wind I'm hearing today. It's shoving against the house, pushing the leaves. Knocking over pots. Bashing the wreath. Gracie doesn't like it. That's what you're doing. Rattling your cage. Rearranging. Shaking things up. Getting ready to write!

  3. More writing in the shower?
    Sheesh, woman, the things you do to get out of cleaning the bathroom walls ;)

    (I'm curious: what do you use to write on the walls? Doesn't the moisture make whatever it is smear?)

  4. Glad that things are starting to percolate again! I'm really looking forward to reading Alex's and Nea's stories someday!

    And look at all those pretty stars! :+)

    Hope your knee is feeling better soon!