Hi, everyone. I swear I am losing my mind. The ideas are still flowing but for the first time in a long time I am very distractible. I will be in the middle of the zone then I will look up from my computer and notice all the stuff on the side tables from my daughters and suddenly that is all I can think about.
Where does this come from? Growing up I could have cared less about stuff being everywhere- just ask my parents. Is this a part of being an adult? Something goes out of place and I lose my sanity? I don’t like it, even if it is better for my house.
I think Virginia Woolf wrote about this. She believed that if a woman writer were given a room and a space of their own that they would be more likely to write better. My desk is set up in my living room, but I hardly ever write when everyone is around- too distracting. I have a feeling that even if I had an office of some kind, though, it would still be difficult for me to write if every surface was covered with stuff. Maybe the room isn’t as important as the organization within said room? It’s a theory in progress.
A room of my own or not, I can’t live like this. So, this week I have devoted a lot of time to reorganization. I write in the morning, take care of the house in the afternoons. I moved a lot of my decorative items into the display case and off of the top of my book shelves and got rid of the ones I don’t like as much. Perhaps the largest project was when I reorganized my craft closet. So much paper! Mountains and rivers of it. It made me want to scrapbook again, but then I decided it wasn’t worth it because it would be more stuff to clean up. (Does this mean won’t scrapbook ever again? I hope not.) I moved on to organizing the books on my bookshelves next.
Am I done? Nowhere close! I still look around my house and see everything I still need to do, but I do feel better about myself, so that’s progress right?
Speaking of progress, I got to e-mail illustration suggestions to my editor. Of course, I want everything illustrated, so I had five or six suggestions immediately. I can’t wait to see what it looks like in print.
I also got an e-mail giving me a heads up that copy edit suggestions will be on their way soon. This is the part I am chomping at the bit for. I want to know what they think is weak in my writing. You can’t get better if you don’t accept criticism, right? They liked it well enough to select it for publication, but that doesn’t mean that there is no room for improvement. Besides, the quicker we can get the edits done, the sooner the anthology will be published.
How About Those Mariners?
I know I complained about the Mariners last week guys, but I feel like it worked. So far, we’ve been super solid this season. There have been nail-biters in there, but a win is a win. I also very much enjoyed our little rout against the Astros. 11 to 1 is above and beyond.
Also, Ketel Marte is turning into a rock star on the field. I find myself rooting for him every time they show him on camera- at bat, on the field and during the after game interviews. Way to be awesome Mr. Marte.
Just as the Mariners and Mr. Marte will (hopefully) continue to be on a roll, I don’t expect mine to let up anytime soon. I should finish with the first draft of a book I am working on this week. You know what that means, don’t you? Revision. Lots of rewriting in my future, but for the first time in a long time I am actually looking forward to it.
Hope you guys have as awesome of a week as I expect to have. Be happy and keep reading!