I’ve missed you. Too much time has escaped me on this blog. It is a busy life. A full life. Which means that I have an endless well to draw when it comes to ideas for stories. Writer’s Block has never been an issue for me. But carving time to write…well THAT is my challenge.
Part of the summer’s hustle was family and friends visiting. My brother and his wife came to Idaho, beyond a blessing, and one dramatic change in my life from this encounter was my relationship with water. I know. Unbelievable. I’ve fought drinking water most days of my life. I’ve hated it. Choked on it. Struggled to guzzle even a sip. But my beautiful sis-in-law set the example as she consumes 100 oz a day. A day! I thought if she could achieve this, I could certainly do my part. I’m up to ten cups of water in a 24 hour period. I’m even feeling thirsty when I forget my water bottle. I can’t remember the last time I sensed thirst, but I’m embracing the idea that my body likes water.
I also attended my first residency at Sierra Nevada College’s MFA program. This group has a deep connection for keeping words alive. The faculty is beyond nurturing (and demanding) and the experience took my passion for story-telling to the next level. I had the honor to work with Joe McGee and Benjamin Busch in class and will continue the semester with Suzanne Roberts. This program sets the bar, creating writers with muscle and heart. I’m thrilled to move forward with this segment of my journey.
I produced the start to numerous new stories while in residency, which I’m just beginning to flush a few of them into something tangible. My favorite lines developed to date?
“We were over the white cliffs of Dover and no longer whizzing, more like sailing and I felt like G-d was pulling me through the sky, pulling me through the clouds and I felt jealous of the clouds. Those heavy British clouds that looked like they were always ready to weep. They didn’t mind feeling massive and they didn’t mind letting it all go.” (excerpt from “Harnessed”)
My summer project to revise my manuscript? I’m halfway through my manuscript and I’ve decided to switch gears. My goal is to help each chapter stand alone as a short story. This doesn’t really change the revision process, but does shift my overall end-result for this project. I’ll continue to plugging away at each chapter in the attempt to turn it to a short read that makes sense all on its own.
Now…how to carve out my writing life time? One word for me = boundaries. I know I load myself with guilt when I say no. There are many great project, prospects, opportunities and options. I cannot do them all. My children have high needs. I have high needs. I’m learning to place boundaries on those things less critical in life and get back my writing habit.