Sunday, April 11, 2010

Unexpected Company

My husband is gone for the weekend. With no responsibilities (save the dog and she simply needs two walks a day), I was looking forward to settling in to some writing. I had a date with my computer that was supposed to last for three straight days. I started off well yesterday - leaving clothes where I wanted to, ignoring the dust on the coffeetable, leftovers in the fridge for when I got hungry...then it all went awry. I made my pot of coffee, sat down to my computer and stalled. This latest twist in my story has really thrown me for a loop. It's not a bad twist. In fact, I think it's a much needed one. It fits. But it's like the unexpected company that shows up in town. The bed isn't made, there is no food in the house to make them a nice home cooked meal. You haven't dusted or cleaned properly because you weren't expecting them and Sunday is usually your cleaning day anyways. They popped up on a Friday afternoon! You were caught completely unaware. Now you're left trying to entertain them while finding those darn cleaned sheets for the guest bed, washing the towels in the guest bathroom (they're not dirty, but they've been on the rack for two weeks so you know there is bound to be dust on them!) and trying to figure out where to take them for a dinner out you didn't have budgeted for the month. Eventually, you settle into the fact that they are here and it is what it is. It ends up being a lovely visit. You just have to get over the initial surprise. That's what I liken this arrow to. I just introduced a band of people who weren't in any of my outlines or my notes! My characters are shocked because THEY weren't expecting them. They're trying to regroup. We're all coping as best we can. I am hoping today we can settle more into the idea of this new company that has come to visit our pages. Wish me luck!


  1. Nice comparison, and great post!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this weekend! I hope to see you around there again sometime.

  2. I absolutely love this. I love that you surprised yourself; that characters whom you've never met pushed their way through the forest and demanded to be seen (or at least, their arrow demanded to be seen ;). I'm so interested on how you've ploughed through this week. Did you 'bushwack,' like Laini talks about?