This is how I feel today. I have a Working Writer's Retreat coming up on Friday. Last night, I received notes on my first 50 pages. GOOD notes. The kind that mean lots of rewriting that will make your manuscript stronger notes.
I check in at noon on Friday. The retreat is a good drive from my place and I am carpooling. This means, realistically, I have four days to do my rewrites. Thank Kinko's for being open 24/7 so that I may make copies late Thursday night.
My dog will only get walked by my husband this week. My husband will be feeding himself. I won't have any time for lunch, dinner or coffee with friends. I may only get to watch Robin Hood once on Tuesday (and only as a reward for much rewriting).
I am not whining. This is what a writer's life is like, right? We get notes, we implement them. We get more notes, we implement them. Until our MS is shining like a flawless diamond. I can hardly wait for the finished product!
These are just a few of the "Pros" of this week:
1) Lots of pajama time! Is there anything better than writing in our comfiest pair? I love any excuse to wear cute, matching pajamas!
2) Coffee, coffee, coffee. Tomorrow morning it will be Caramel. Tuesday and Wednesday are teaching days so those will be Skinny Vanilla Latte days with a swing through Starbucks on the way home for a Venti Shaken Iced Green Tea with two Splenda. I think I'll kick Thursday off with Double Dutch Chocolate. So many days, so many flavors!
3) Music. Whatever inspires me. I'll probably start with a little R Carlos Nakai before moving into my playlist for this particular character. Here is Desert Song to start your morning.
4) Balsam Fir candles. The house will smell like the forest all week! I heart that smell.
I really don't feel that I sacrifice for my writing (although my husband might disagree since he misses out on a homecooked meal or four when I'm in the "zone"). It's something that I love doing. I feel stressed out if I don't get time to write. A few days and I am climbing the walls like an addict. Maybe that's not such a fun Monday morning metaphor, but it's truly how I feel.
What about you - do you give up things for writing? What are they? What's on your "Pros" list?
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