Monday, April 16, 2007

April Showers Bring New Ideas

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. ~ John Henry Newman

I am doing a little dance of joy because, though the worst of the storm seems to be overhead (and from a glance out the window, it appears that the one birdfeeder I left out has blown down - there will be some happy critters when they find piles of seed on the ground), and there are lots of gusty winds but NOT snow (yay!) -- it's rain, rain, rain! I imagine there are flooding problems, but I'm thrilled that we don't have two feet of snow and that the power, at least currently, is still on. Phew.

I didn't get much writing done over the weekend, but eked out a few hundred words. I did get the first round of edits on my story, "Miles From You". The editor thinks it's remarkably clean, which makes me oddly nervous. I have a few things she'd like me to look at, but every other time I've gotten a story back for edits, there have been many places marked up in track changes.

Not that I don't try to write well, mind you. I do. I just know that I'm far from perfect. So, I'm going to go through the story myself and apply several of the suggestions I've gotten from my other two editors and see what I can find. I certainly don't want to offer a substandard story to any of you!

You know what the best part of writing is? Even when you can't get to the computer (or Alphasmart, or notepad), your brain doesn't stop. No one can take that away from you. Though I didn't get many words down this weekend (my DD was unusually needy and seldom left my side for more than five minutes -- I imagine I'll miss that when she's grown, but it was exhausting the past couple of days), I couldn't stop thinking about my WIP... about the parts I think are weak, and what I want to happen. It helped me consider some changes and additions that I may not have thought of otherwise.

I wonder, is it possible that we need time away from actually writing, now and then?

Edited to add:

Don't forget to ENTER MY CONTEST.

Edited to add more:

I'm so thrilled to discover that PAX TV (which is apparently now "ION" TV -- who knew?) is showing the original (and best, IMHO) "Battlestar Galactica" on Sunday nights!! Woo! Starbuck as a hot, sexy, arrogant MAN. Yes, I know, but I just can't get over it...

I'm telling you, finding this out absolutely made my week.


groovyoldlady said...

It started as snow last night, but it's been rain, rain, rain ever since. Time for hot chocolate and a good book. Dr. Doolittle, anyone?

anno said...

I'm glad to see you're still up and running. I hate power outages... almost as much as I hate constant rain. (Of course, I also have a low tolerance for excessive heat or cold or earthquakes, which makes me ill-suited to most of the planet. I just might have to design a space colony of my very own.)

If you are still having ideas after all this miserable weather, you are doing better than I. Good luck with your WIP!

Melissa said...

Yay that the storm is passing. I've tried to explain to my hubby that even when I'm not writing, I'm still working on the book. Sounds like you had that experience this weekend. Did you find yourself ready to dive into it when you sat back down at the keyboard?

Cool about the original Battlestar Galactica. That was my fave show when it was on.

Tori Lennox said...

I hope your weather improves soon. It's nice and sunny here today, so hopefully it'll get to you in the next day or so.

And, yeah, what's up with name change from Pax to Ion? Weird.

Ceri said...

ORIGINAL BSG!?!?! You've made me a happy woman!! I can drool over
Starbuck too!

We are getting lots of flooding here. Our entire backyard is under water, and that didn't even happen when we got that really bad flooding October 05.

Take care!

Judy said...

Check this out. It might be helpful for S.