Monday, September 20, 2010

Frazzle Dazzle 'Em

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?


  1. I was sacrificing before I started writing. My WIP is the best thing that ever happened to me. Now my head might explode if I don't write...especially on a Monday!

  2. Oh my !!!!! Coffee Coffee Coffee ... My kind of girl hahaha

  3. Sounds great to me! I'm starting to get that anxious can't-wait-for-the-diamond stage going lately. Do those candles smell like Christmas trees? Every year I go through the hunt for the perfect Christmas(pine tree) scented candle and only once ever found it. Then they quit making them. =/ Have fun on your writing!

  4. I've sacrificed time with my wife.

    Looking forward to your Top 10 TV Shows today!

  5. Jenn,
    There's a lot of sacrifices for sure. Let's just say I've got dark circles under my eyes with all the things I've got to do. (yawn)
    I'm looking forward to the Writer's Retreat for sure, though I know my manuscript isn't where I want it to be just yet. :)

  6. I give up sleep! But coffee is such a beautiful trade off. I favor the vanilla latte myself (tried to do skinny, but alas, it's not meant to be) with the occasional foray into Pumpkin Spice or Eggnog during the fall and holidays.

    I hope you get tons done!

  7. When I actually get into a writing zone, I give up reality. Nothing else exists for that time...

    I loved the music you posted. I love this kind of music!

    Have a great time at the retreat-how cool!

  8. I give up my time, my laundry, my school homework. Oh there is just too much.

  9. Carolyn - I love that your head might explode if you don't write. Sometimes I feel that way too after a few days!

    Teenage Bride - I swear it's the reason I get out of bed in the mornings. Don't tell the hubster, though. He thinks he's the reason.

    C.E. - They smell like a forest full of pine trees to me, minus the perfume that the Yankee candles scent seems to have. Yankee has a Christmas Pine that's okay in a pinch, but these are so good I will order them. Also, their scent lasts all the way down to the bottom. I haven't found another candle brand that does that.

    Alex - I'm sure she's as understanding as my husband. Spouses rock when they support our love of writing.

    Nutschell - It doesn't sound like we'll be getting much sleep this weekend either!

    Robin - and Pumpkin Spice is BACK! I just saw it at my drive thru over the weekend.

    Words Crafter - I'm glad you enjoyed it! R Carlos Nakai is a huge favorite of mine. He's been very inspirational for this particular story!

    Carolyn - Giving up laundry doesn't sound too bad! Except when you need clean clothes. Sigh. Wouldn't a House Elf be nice?

  10. Love the coffee flavours for the week. Exciting stuff. I gave up TV for reading and writing. I wish I could give up work.