Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sunday, September 23, 2007
Waxing Moon
Autumn Equinox/Mabon
Sunny and warm

Joyous Autumn, everyone!

Thanks for all your kind words. I took it easy on myself yesterday – everyone has difficult days sometimes, and now it’s my turn. I did a little work in the morning, but mostly read.

I read something by an author whose work I adored about fifteen years ago, although she had the reputation for being somewhat “soap opera-y-ish”. At the time, I didn’t think so at all – I really connected with many of the emotions and characters. Yet, yesterday I saw how she gained that reputation. While there are still some beautifully written passages and interesting imagery, her work no longer ensorcells me the way it used to. Basically, she’s doing the same thing she did fifteen years ago, while my life has taken a different direction. She’s stuck to the formula – which is successful for her, and good for her. But her writing trajectory would not work for me, because I feel it’s important to stretch in new directions from novel to novel. When I need to look up to someone who’s done that, I look to Virginia Woolf, who re-invented so much with each novel. Not that I’m Woolf-quality, but to look at a trajectory.

Did a lot of cooking, too, as I will be doing my retreat in a few weeks, and I need to make sure there’s enough for my mother to heat up and eat properly. She hates to cook (although she’s a very good cook) and she just won’t. So, pretty much, I prepare all the food for her and then she can heat it up for her meals. She’s been away most of the past two months, so it hasn’t been an issue (I sent her off with plenty of little packets), but now she’ll return and I’m off, so I better re-stock her freezer. Sort of like I do when I visit my grandmother – cook meals ahead of time and stock her freezer, so all she has to do is heat it up. My own version of “TV dinner” – but gourmet-style! 😉

There are a couple of story ideas percolating around, so I may do some outline work over the next few weeks and see if any of them are useful for NaNo. I have mixed feelings about Nano, mostly because Script Frenzy left such a sour taste in my mouth. Also, it depends where I am in the moving process as to whether or not I can participate. I’ll sign up, but this year, keep the perspective that it’s quite possible I will need to let life get in the way in order to settle the next few years of my life. This year, Nano can’t be a priority, which does not bode well for vomiting up 50K in a month.

But you have to be flexible. If you allow yourself to be imprisoned by what you consider “your process”, you won’t be able to create the mix of living and working life you need in order to both function AND be happy.

See what happens when I take time off? I start THINKING again, gosh darn it . . .;)

Thanks for the kind thoughts, everyone. I’m fortunate to have both a supportive group of friends and family in my immediate, three-dimensional vicinity, and a wonderful community of supportive cyber-pals, too. I salute and treasure each and every one of you!

Devon

Published in: on September 23, 2007 at 10:23 am  Comments (6)  

6 Comments

  1. That is so nice you do that for your mother. My sis-in-law came up and cooked the entire day, (when I was on bedrest) and I had about two months worth of dinners in my freezer in the garage when she was done! She even left her recipes–and now I might spend a day cooking just to have that ease of being able to throw something in the oven later. It makes life wonderful. You know the old saying–“the best smell is Sunday Dinner…when SOMEONE ELSE is cooking it!”

    May you feel better and better each day!

    😉

  2. Ooh, “ensorcells” – I love it!! Sorry your back is giving you so much trouble. Be good to yourself! 🙂

  3. I do feel joyous when I see the words Autumn or Fall. *G* I know it’s silly but I feel exhuberant and happy this time of year.

    As for our kind words, you deserve every one of them. I know that you are an amaxing woman who had managed to accomplish many things, but you have not let all that get in the way of being a truly generous person. So, in other words, you reap what you sew. *g* Please continue to take care of yourself so that your nasty back problem gets better. Still praying and sending good thought for you and to you!

  4. I’ve been away for a week and you’re still no further forward with the apartment or the noisy neighbour. And to cap it, you’re not well. Sorry about that. Hope your back feels better soon. It’s good that you’re “thinking”, but it sounds as though your retreat won’t come a moment too soon.

  5. Just catching up here. Sorry to hear you’re unwell. Sorry about the neighbour from hell, too. You need that retreat! Hope you’re soon feeling better.

  6. I think it’s great you do gourmet TV-dinners for your mom. 🙂

    Regarding moving and NaNo – I think it’s always good to have a plan! 🙂 I may try to participate in NaNo this year. This time last year I was just settling into my house. Hard to believe a year has already gone by.

    Hope you’re feeling better!


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