November IWSG Blog Hop

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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:

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.


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22 Responses to November IWSG Blog Hop

  1. Love the tidbits in history. Thank you for that!

    • Lee says:

      Thanks Raimey. I often wonder how some of our past literary heroes would fare in today’s world. But obviously, we have our own modern literary heroes who manage quite well, in spite of social media, so no excuses there.

  2. Your post reminds me of the saying, “Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted!” I always loved that one. There is an element of being in control that comes with writing…and I love the fact that our characters wait patiently until we’re ready to rejoin them.

    • Lee says:

      I love your quote, as well. Weird as it sounds, there is something mentally soothing about listening to the inner voices without being interrupted by the outer voices. Thanks for the comment.

  3. I don’t know about the history, but I’m falling off my chair thinking about Woolf being constantly interrupted in her writing room by a surly contractor telling her the bidet is going to be a week late.

    Glad the kitty is safe and sound!

    IWSG November

    • Lee says:

      Exactly! But in retrospect, Hemingway may well have organized a search party for the cat, then thrown a big booze party after. I could have done that, I suppose. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Love the interweaving of life, writing, and classic authors in this post! I’m glad Hemi is safe, too.
    And immersion in the writing world is wonderful!

    • Lee says:

      Immersion in the writing world – my idea of paradise, minus the bugs! Thanks for stopping by and co-hosting today.

  5. As a fellow cat-lover, I would be the same way if one of mine disappeared. I’m glad Hemi is safe! That is the great thing about the characters and settings in my head, they patiently wait for my return, no matter how long it has been. I would have to agree with life plans getting in the way of writing. For my anthology entry, I finally had to say enough is enough, I’m going to write!

    • Lee says:

      So right about making the time to write – it’s all about prioritizing. I am still working on my story and when it’s finished, I will find a home for it. Good luck with your anthology submission! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I’m so glad you got your cat back. What a relief! I’m impressed you can write in snippets. If I don’t have the house to myself, I don’t even try, because the second my butt touches the writing chair, my kid’s yell out, “Mo-om, can I have (fill in the blank).”

    • Lee says:

      Sadly, writing in snippets is my only option right now. Which might explain my lack of significant progress. But no matter. One day I, too, will have a room of my own. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Glad you found your Hemingway cat. Those famous writers probably did have life conflicts, too. Keep plugging away at it. Enjoy the escape and therapy of writing!
    Mary at Play off the Page

    • Lee says:

      You are so right, Mary. Every generation has its challenges and excuses. Which does not stop me from whining one bit! But I do keep writing.

  8. good answer! I enjoy taking mini breaks inside my fictional worlds, too. It’s a great stress reliever.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Karen! Quite right about the stress reliever. Sometimes immersing myself in my fictional worlds is the only way to survive the craziness of the “real” world. Although I ask you, what is “real” about the world?

  9. Characters are so forgiving. What would we do without them? I have a concept in my time manipulation series about stepping outside of time–where all action is suspended until the MC decides to return to reality. I think that’s pretty much the dimension our characters live in perpetually. =)

    • Lee says:

      I would love to develop that concept in the my real world. I hate to admit it, but I am more comfortable with my own characters in the worlds I create. They are, indeed, so forgiving.

  10. It is good to know our characters are always there, right where we left them. Although some of mine tap their feet impatiently. One even taps his watch. He’s my muse; he’s rude. Anyway, I have to believe that those writers (and more) faced the humdrum distractions of daily life and still were able to eek out their best selling masterpieces. That means there’s hope for us all! And I’m SO GLAD you found your sweet kitty! Oh I’d be a basket case if one of mine disappeared! Enjoy your cuddles (and wine)!

    • Lee says:

      Quite right, Jennifer. Every generation has its problems. Mine are no excuse. I love that your muse taps his watch. Mine plays with a deck of Tarot cards and threatens me with the death card if I don’t pay attention. But she worried about Hemi, too, so I know she has a heart.

  11. jmh says:

    Aw, glad your kitty is safe and sound! I wouldn’t have been able to write in that circumstance either.

    It may be small comfort right now, but I think you’ll have a lot of writing success when your home is organized and everything calms down again.

    Not sure if someone else mentioned this yet, but John Lennon definitely did say that: “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” It’s part of the lyrics for Beautiful Boy, which he wrote for his son Sean. However, apparently Allen Saunders said it in Reader’s Digest first, but who cares? 😛 I’d say Lennon did it better.

    • Lee says:

      You are right – I definitely work better in an organized world. I completely agree that Lennon did it better with the quote. But that is a totally generational bias with me. Good luck with NaNo!