And its roots have begun to grow.
First, let me apologize for not posting for more than a month. Who knew I would fall off the writing wagon? Certainly not me. It takes only a few minutes to write a post here, and I never dreamed I wouldn't pick right up again after I got my computer hooked up at our new home.
But there were days I didn't even venture near my desk, much less think about anything to do with writing.
The move-in and unpacking took longer than I thought, but then most things take longer than I think they will. So that wasn't too much of a surprise. We still have a few boxes to unpack. And we still have many boxes of unwanted goodies that don't fit here to donate. But we've made good progress. The fun part now begins - the process of adding all the touches that will turn this new place into our real home. I can smell the paint fumes already!
Since today is Monday, this brings me around to the writing focus of the post.
With all now said and done, I think my little brain needed a recharge. I'm not kidding. I've been writing full-time for several years now. Every day, for the most part, I work on some aspect of writing, and I work at it for the full day. Writing is my day job, even though it would qualify me for welfare ten times over for the most part. Thanks to my live-in handyman, I have other support. And bennies!
But I digress. Basically, I've lived and breathed the writing world and soaked up news about the publishing business 8-10 hours a day for all these years. And written into stories all the weird little thoughts about events and people that crawled into my mind.
So when I was forced into cold-turkey withdrawal, I sorta shut down. Then one day I noticed something that sparked an idea. When the geeky guys came to hook up the TV and all the other stuff that goes with it, one of them popped in a DVD to check out the player. Another idea. Then I started getting cranky as hell because I still had boxes EVERYWHERE.
From then until now - about three weeks - I've been jotting notes around the house. Today is the first day I actually have writing time listed on my to-do list. Only an hour, but it's on the list. I feel better just knowing that.
So the focus here is this. If you get to a point in your writing where you're bogging down or feel overwhelmed, take a break. I didn't feel that way, but being totally out of the loop for a few weeks has re-charged batteries I didn't know were low on juice.
This came as a surprise for me. It might for you, too.
I have returned to the blogging world as well. However, while I won't promise a post every day just yet, I imagine I'll be posting 3-5 days a week at least. So if you don't see a new post every day, on those empty days close your eyes and imagine me covered with paint. Color of your choice.