Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sunny and cool
The last few days were very helpful in restoring a sense of well-being and perspective.
I was an exhausted wreck when I came home on Friday night — complete with chills and fever. I read a bit and went to bed horribly early.
I cancelled out of the conference I was supposed to attend on Saturday, because I knew, if I didn’t take care of myself, I’d get really sick.
Saturday was beautiful. I ran some errands, did some yard work (wasn’t up to much). Read a lot, dosed myself with some of my herbal concoctions, worked on contest entries, spun stories. It was the thinking phase, before the writing phase. Took a nice walk on the beach, which was restorative.
An idea for a play dropped onto me — first the characters came, then the situation (as is normal), then the motivation. I’m excited to get to work on it. It’s a contemporary piece, a drama with some dark humor in it, not one of the comic noir pieces I’ve written so much of in the last few years.
Sunday, I started to feel better, but didn’t want to push. Did some more yard work, worked on contest entries, read (I’m loving the Phryne Fisher books).
Percolated the two stories and the play. I have a feeling one of the stories is actually a novel — there’s too much I want to cover for it to make sense in the short story form.
Worked on several lemon syllabub recipes for Thursday. Haven’t gotten it quite where I want it yet.
Monday was dreary and cold. It was Patriots’ Day and Boston Marathon Day. I spent most of the day writing — over 2K (close to 3K) on one of the stories. I wanted to finish it, but I hit a plot block, and I have to rethink some of it.
Worked out more of the play in my head, and also more of the character relationships in the other story. The other story was supposed to be set on Cape Cod, but I’m moving it to Maine, because the Maine coastline will fit the plot and the themes better.
Yesterday started out rainy and miserable, but perked up. I did some work on the stories and the play, spun some ideas for the historical play, worked on contest entries, and read. Spent a good portion of the afternoon on the wonderful covered deck. I love taking my work outside. Tessa’s remembered she actually likes to be outside now. She’ll be less pleased as of May 1 when she gets dosed with flea and tick medication, but that’s the way it goes.
Watched THE 100 FOOT JOURNEY last night. Enjoyed it.
Up early, Baked chocolate chip banana bread for tonight’s program and sugar cookies topped with almonds for tomorrow. I’ll do the lemon syllabub tonight. I have to modernize it, or no one will eat it. One of the recipes is pretty good, but it has alcohol in it, so I can’t serve it to patrons (especially not kids coming in).
Worked on revisions for the short story I drafted last week, and the other stories.
Took a walk on the beach early in the morning. This is why I live here, and not somewhere else. So I can walk on the beach any time I want. Lots of shells and seaweed.
I’m going in to work late today, because I have to drive to Plymouth to get some paperwork signed. But, with the program tonight, I won’t get home until at least 8 PM, so it all evens out.
This week will be busy, but hopefully not as hectic as last week.