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  • May 30th, 2009 | 10:51 AM
Novel, how do I ignore you?

It's Saturday morning and I am up and awake early for me, 8am.

The dog is quiet. Husband is still sleeping. The house hugs me like a favorite sweater. It is a perfect time to write. I open my manuscript and then . . . it is 11am and I have written but not in any of the three WIP.


Oh novel, how do I ignore you? Let me count the ways.
I ignore you with days in the garden and training the dog and
reading books that do nothing
to show you my fickle love.
I ignore you by following the trail of shiny things to buy on Ebay and
picking up total strangers on Facebook to play
endless games of Lexulous.
That is how strong is my need
to ignore you.

There is no question that I love you novel, do not fear.
I love you to the depths and heights of my ability, beyond even,
and yet there are days when my ability to ignore you
is even greater than that.

Rather than spend time with you
I clean the house that otherwise, were I to love you truly,
would be left to gather dusts for weeks.
There are closets I clean that, were I to not,
would still hold clothes just as well.
And spiders left to spin the webs in the high beams wish I ignored you
not quite as much as I do.

Yes I fear
I ignore you too well.

© Susan Taylor Brown, 2009

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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jeannineatkins
May 31st, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
I hope those wips get as loud as the weeds, dog, and messy closets. xo
susanwrites
May 31st, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Even with ignoring it, I did make some progress yesterday. :)
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susanwrites
June 1st, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

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