I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by ~ Douglas Adams.
Douglas Adams has taken me on wonderful journeys in the galaxy and oh, how I love his quote. Right now, my deadlines are whooshing by at the speed of light.
Another favorite quote, frequently, but controversially, attributed to John Lennon, is “life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.” Life is certainly getting in the way of my writing plans.
Did Virginia Woolf try to pen Mrs. Dalloway while the main bathroom was under construction? Did Nick Carraway coax The Great Gatsby’s story out of F. Scott Fitzgerald, while the contents of three closets lay scattered about, awaiting the fantabulous-my-life-will-now-be-organized-forever closet organizers? Did Hemingway abandon For Whom the Bell Tolls for three days, searching high and low for one of his beloved cats, as I did for my own Hemingway this past weekend?
I ask you. [ok, I’m not really asking, so please, historical experts, do not leave me a comment saying, “yes that’s exactly what happened to Ginny/Scotty/Ernie.”]
I am now Officially Behind on the Writer’s Write class. I did NOT get my story finished in time to submit it to the Anthology. It is, in fact, nothing short of a Halloween miracle that I am not being held in jail without bail for murder. Which would have been completely justified, but then one is required to deal with the lawyers and the mental fitness hearing, lining up the alibis, and the trial. All further excuses for Not Getting Any Writing Done.
Which brings me to this month’s Blog Hop question:
What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
My favorite aspect of writing is that no matter what chaos surrounds me, when I can steal a few minutes or an hour, I can immerse myself back into the world and characters I am creating. My characters don’t care that I’ve been gone for two days or two years. Their personalities and life stories continue to percolate whether I am paying attention or not. When I come back, they are more than willing to talk, to pick up where we left off, or to let me know they have gotten divorced or had a baby or moved to a new planet. I love immersing myself in the worlds I create, where I have some semblance of control over lifelines, plots, outcomes. These are places where my opinions matter and my vote counts. And at least for a time, I am untroubled by the insanity of the real world that surrounds me.
Plus Hemi is home safe, so all is good in my world. All of them.
Our awesome co-hosts for this month’s Hop are:
- Joylene Nowell Butler
- Jen Chandler
- Mary Aalgaard
- Lisa Buie Collard
- Tamara Narayan
- Tyrean Martinson
- Christine Rains
Having managed to at least meet today’s deadline, it is now wine o’clock. Time to enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir, a book, and catch-up nuzzles with Hemi.