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Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Joy of NOT Writing

November for me was like spin cycle . . . on the back of a moving semi . . . with the brakes blown out. It was intense to say the least. I was doing a rather major rewrite of my latest novel for my publisher, my husband’s Grandpa died and I was in charge of the church Christmas Party.

But all good things come to an end, as do crazy and overwhelming things, and as of yesterday I am done! The rewrite I finished last week, the obituary bill has been paid and the church Christmas Party was a success if I do say so myself. And now what am I going to do?

Nothing.

Of course, nothing is a big deceiving, cause I’ll be doing a lot of somethings, but different somethings that have been sorely neglected—like cleaning out closets and hiring someone to fix the light in my closet so I can see whether or not the shirt is black or brown or red or purple. But as far as writing goes, I’m taking a break. One I feel I much deserve.

Let’s face it, there is only so much creativity to go around and quite frankly when my house is falling down around my ears and we’re having hot dogs for the third night in a row it’s hard to expect the muse to want to stick around anymore than the kids do. There must be a certain level of order amid the chaos and any order I had a month ago is long gone now. So it’s time to rebuild, organize, take a deep breath, admire the Christmas tree, do some shopping, make some cookies and snuggle with my sweetie on the couch.

Do I feel guilty? Yes, I do. I have been writing furiously for the last 10 months, deadlines looming and ideas bursting within my brain. But I’ve felt guilty about the hot dogs and the closet light too, so it’s all relative. In the meantime, until I sit down and spill out my literary brilliance come January, I am thinking, planning, having fictional dialogues in my head with characters I haven’t written yet and I’m loving every minute!

And so what’s the point of all this? Simply that there is a time and season for everything, and for everyone, and right now, for me, I’m taking the season to enjoy the egg nog and figgy pudding . . . okay, not the figgy pudding part—but perhaps a fig . . . Newton, maybe two.

Merry Christmas, may you find the time to enjoy it!

3 comments:

Keith Fisher said...

If you take a well deserved vacation I will miss you. I have missed reading your monthly blog while you were editing. by the way thank you for the recipe for the opening night party. when you mentioned it at the LDSStorymakers conference, I was intriqued by the idea. I am going to try and implement your idea (if and when I get published). Have a great vacation and come back soon. I will miss your advice.

ohhmama! said...

Hi! I found your blog, through your website, which I found while typing in your name for a google search to look for more of your books. I finished your book, Earning Eternity last night! I read it in two days, It was fantastic; However my children have been ignored, because all I have been doing is reading. I just ordered more of your books from amazon.com.

Okay now that I sound like a nutty fan, I just thought I would drop in and leave a comment on your blog, as I am sure it is nice to hear how great of a job you are doing.

I am a convert to the church, and am from California, but have more recently moved to Kansas (I know... CA-KS, don't ask??)

I am excited to read this new book that your blog post talks about, but it does sound like you need to take a break and catch up on your life! I hope you had a fabulously, relaxing Christmas.

Josi said...

Keith you're awesome :-) Thanks for the great support!

Ohhmama, thank you for the comments on the books--though I am (sorta) sorry about the neglected children. A good freind of mine just moved to Kansas, also a writer, might be a good network for the two of you. If you'd like to join my mailing list for a bi-monthly newsletter, send me an e-mail kilpack@gmail.com

Thanks guys, you made my day!