Archive | July, 2013

Draft one. Finished.

24 Jul

Warning. This is a blatant ask for pats on the back and other accolades.

I finished the first draft of my novel yesterday!

It was pretty exciting. I was sitting in our home office and with the fanfare of a parade, dove release, fireworks, and champagne toast all rolled into one, I saved the first draft of my novel. Except that I was just alone in workout clothes and it was more like, hey I finished.

Feeling the weight of my accomplishment, I started harassing my husband at work so someone could share in my excitement aside from my dog, Penny (who was actually sleeping). I started toying with “Guess what, I have good news!” to really build that anticipation (although this more likely just scared him into thinking I was pregnant).

*Side note*

Other good news I wish I could have shared would be:

“I won the lottery even though I never buy tickets!”

“Someone put a pool in our backyard!”

“I’m going to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune!” I really think I could dominate that game, and I want to meet the well-preserved Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

Sorry, ADD brain. It feels good, but there is still a long road ahead. This is like building the foundation of a house (well, I would assume): a good start but not a home. To me this is actually where the real writing begins. Additions added; parts ripped out, changed, and rearranged.

And for my many fans who keep asking for a glimpse (all three of you), it’s not what I would call “readable” yet. Just as no one wants to live in a foundation, no one should want to read a first draft.

So now what? I re-write and edit and essentially create my second draft. The first step is complete and you would never run a marathon without taking the first step. Right? The house foundation analogy just wasn’t enough…

I would also like to thank two large cups of iced coffee and my 1980’s Songza station, “Your Own John Hughes Movie” for really bringing me home yesterday.

Write on.


Time’s fun when you’re having flies.

11 Jul

Time flies when you’re having fun. Also, Time’s fun when you’re having flies. Don’t tell me you haven’t seen that on a tank top…

Anyway, time seems to fly when you get older. Doesn’t it? Aren’t we adults always saying things like, “Where has the time gone?”

When two little kids haven’t seen each other in a few months, you’re not going to hear, “Billy, where has the time gone?” Probably something more like, “Let’s go throw rocks at that tree.” Is Billy even a real kid name anymore?

But why is this?

I know, I know, because we’re adults, right?

I have been thinking about time, partly because it has been a month since my last blog entry and partly because it will be my one-year wedding anniversary on Sunday (and yes, my husband and I are accepting cash gifts, if you’re asking).

So, time. Why does it seem to go by so quickly as we get older? I think this happens for two reasons. One: as we age, we do inevitably have more responsibilities and obligations to fill our time, so time does seem to speed up as we are speeding around through life. When you’re buzzing around like a busy bee and you finally stop, breathe and look around, it seems that time has swiftly come and gone.

And two: we gain the ability to look into the future and remember the past, which takes us out of the moment that we’re in. While it is impossible, at least for me, to always be in the moment, it’s not so impossible for kids, which is part of the reason why time seemed to float by when we were younger. I mean, can’t you remember how long it felt between Christmases when you were little? Eternity!

I suppose some of this is inevitable. And I like to be busy, but as I get older, I am also learning it is nice to have downtime.

My advice. Spend a little downtime today. It doesn’t even have to be quiet time, just unplug from your phone, TV, running around, whatever. Think about some of your happiest times and do those things. Unless you are independently wealthy, this probably needs to be more of a “playing with your kids/dog” versus “sipping a cold drink in the Caribbean.” Or, what the hell, make yourself a pina colada and drink it in your living room. Go wild.

My second piece of advice: Focus in on this moment and know that you are reading my blog and that obviously this has been a good way to spend the last five minutes or so.

Now, go do good things!


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