Since last check-in, I’ve been down to Manhattan and back, seeing both my surgeon and my internist. My days of lolling about the house are slowly drawing to an end, as I will return to the day job on November 4th, half-time for the first week. I do better when I have some structure to my life; while I often envy those of you who write full-time, I recognize that I would need to create more structure in order to succeed in following your lead.
I have undergone a sea change, however. I enjoy my day job, and am good at it. The days spent in ICU, however, made me focus on what I find rewarding about it, which is mentoring and supporting my staff and students. I have been guilty of working far too hard–skipping lunches and breaks–and have resolved not to do that anymore. My work does not hover on the line between life and death, as it is neither rocket science or brain surgery. Why then do I expend so much time and effort on it? I suppose, in part, the Puritan work ethic is responsible, as it seems to imbue corporate America. We live to work, rather than work to live. The more I want to smell the roses along the way, the less I feel the satisfaction of working evenings and weekends.
So, as a brief recap of my goals: I still owe replies to comments made on my Round Three sponsor post (blush), but then I will be caught up.
I have been reading non-stop, looking at story structure and thinking about my own writing. I get on author jags, as is evident in the last few things I’ve read. Alys Clare wrote the Hawkenlye mysteries several years ago. I started the first one, Fortune Like the Moon, and put it down, not finding it engaged me. While in the hospital, I started her new series, the Aelf Fen mysteries, which I enjoyed greatly. There is a small amount of paranormal which works well with the setting of post-conquest England. Sadly, my public library does not own the newest two or three. Sigh. I got brave and read one of the later Hawkenlye mysteries, which I greatly enjoyed. I plan to return to as many of the earlier titles as I can find in the library. But thank goodness for Kindles! Mine saved my sanity many times in the last several weeks–as have public libraries with downloadable Kindle books.
I also went on a romance spree. I read a lot of Madeline Hunter and Stephanie Laurens. Both are obviously doing something right, given their popularity, but to be honest, I found myself second-guessing the twists and turns too often for my liking.
While I have no plans to join NaNo officially, I hope to join some sprint writing with the ROW80 team sprinters on Twitter. I am still stuck using pen and paper to write. This check-in is being typed laboriously one-handed,
Please go visit the other ROWers, whom you can find here.