Moving Right Along

IMG_3717If you’re a kid of the 70s/80s like me, or just someone with admirable taste, you read those words and immediately begin humming that song from The Muppet Movie, one of cinema’s classics. That was my hope, anyhow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Scotsman and I officially own our own house, as of yesterday, for the first time. We’ve got a lot to look forward to, and a lot toย get through. Carpets, appliances, furniture, you name it. So suffice it to say I have been and will continue to be tied up with that for the next several weeks at the least. NaNoWriMo is coming up in November, though, and I will be ready and raring to go by then.

In the meantime, I’m in the midst of taking a few weeks off editing, and am back to looking around Query Tracker and furiously taking notes, reading interviews, and researching. And I have managed to find some time to redesign my blog. It’s not perfect, but I’m no coding wiz. I think it’s a big improvement, anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, to all my #Writemotivation friends, I hope to be back and hitting the goals in November. September’s been weird – for the first time, I finished all my goals within the first week, and with one manuscript out with a few readers (and some lovely and amazing feedback already received), I’ve been away from Scrivener. And it feels weird. But I think even the things we love most, we need a break from.

I get into bed and am so exhausted lately I can’t even read an entire page in whatever book I’m reading now. And even just this past week busily away from the writing and editing, I’ve come to realise how much a part of me it truly is. It’s crazy, but it’s awesome. I miss it so much. So if nothing else, this time has been a great reminder of why writing is so important to me. Even one day going by without opening a document feels like missed opportunity. To quote Gloria Steinem, writing truly is the one thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else. (Okay, spending quality time with loved ones trumps that, of course, but you know what I mean).

Hope you’re reaching your goals this month. Are you going through upheaval, too? Any tips on how to keep the creative processes going when you’re swamped in other chores? The main thing I’ve been doing is making mental notes about my next story so it can stew in the background until I finish working on my WIP.

Happy Autumn!

 

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5 thoughts on “Moving Right Along

  1. congrats on the house, that’s such a grown-up thing to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ as far as the writing, i do the same thing when i’m swamped – let ideas stew in my brain. i work out plot problems, think about other ways to take the story, etc. thinking work is still writing work. great quote by steinem.

    1. Thanks, Valerie. It does feel quite grown-up, so I’m not sure how we’ve managed it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m still in e plot construction zone for a new story, but hopefully my subconscious will release all sorts of info on it when I’m ready to write again!

    1. Thanks, Rebekah – we’re definitely learning that now! Fun things like the builder’s only just told us that the developer did an exclusive deal with the ISP/phone provider so we have no choice, etc. FUN!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it’s better than paying someone else’s mortgage!

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