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  • July 17th, 2008 | 11:59 AM
Thursday thoughts

Random things going through my brain on a Thursday:

1. The courtyard fence needs to be replaced. Which means the electrical stuff that is on the fence and that runs the length of the fence needs to be taken down/shutoff/moved/etc. Which means in addition to finding a fence person (hard to do for a small area) I need to find an electrician (hard to do lately for small jobs.) 

2. Need to make up my mind about where to direct the water that will come when (if?) it rains since I had trenches dug and downspouts rerouted.

3. Where and how high will I put mounds in the front yard?

4.  Need to do #2 before I can start #3

5. Should I even be trying to write in the middle of this?

6. Milestone birthday coming up - people keep asking me if I am worried/concerned/depressed/etc. I'm not. Does that make me weird?

7. I am thinking about going to work on a verse novel instead of one in prose and I wonder why I am afraid to write in verse again. This is different than blank page fear.  
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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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July 17th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, you should try to keep writing, but you should also be gentle and kind with yourself. There will be days it doesn't work and days it does. Just be ready for the good ones and let yourself keep your story present in your mind, meanwhile.

Verse or prose? I don't know, Susan--Hugging the Rock is such an amazing novel; it's probably my bias, but I was stunned to find such a tight plot in a verse story. So I know you can do it again, beautifully. The glimpses you've given us of your prose, though, also...so lovely.

I guess, as usual, go with what's really calling to you. :)
July 18th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Becky. Nothing is calling to me. I think I am just plain exhausted inside and out.

No words. None at all.
July 17th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Write in whatever form feels most comfortable. You can always change your mind later.

The only birthday that bothered me was 30.

M was depressed by his last significant birthday. We took him for an exotic vacation and it did a lot to get rid of the blues. Okay, I did get to attend the Maui Writers' Conference while we were there. But we *mostly* went to cheer him up. :-)

Edited at 2008-07-17 08:06 pm (UTC)
July 18th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
LOL on the writing conference to "cheer him up."

Write now nothing feels comfortable which, I suppose, is part of the problem.
July 17th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I vote for writing as you work on these other projects. BUT give yourself permission to write whatever comes to you so you don't feel more pressure. It sounds as if you don't need more pressure. :)

And I don't think you're weird not to be stressed about upcoming birthday. You're well-adjusted, is all.
July 18th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm good at adding that extra pressure on myself. :-)

well-adjusted? Hahahahahaha.

That is SO not me.
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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.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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