It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States, so I’m looking forward to being off the day job. And yes, I am putting writing first, as Kait suggests in today’s check-in post. In fact, my sons are home for the summer, which will ease the housework load, and easier to make time for creative pursuits.
So on to the check-in. Last week was frustrating, with many supervisory headaches and serious talks with a couple of my staff. Some weeks I earn every cent of my supervisory stipend, and this week of herding locusts was one of them. Even so, I found time for planning and writing. Also, Amy Kennedy wrote a thought-provoking post on taking the time to enjoy a cup of coffee. This post seems to be one of those the Universe wanted me to pay attention to, as it hit me with a blast of recognition. Eden also referenced it in her check-in post last week, and brought it back to my thoughts again. I realized that although I’d savored cups of coffee once the boys were in kindergarten and first grade, I have not done so for a long time. I’m always doing something else, and I’ve even found my morning meditation time has eroded into shorter and more distracted time.
Part of my restlessness can be traced to my upbringing. My aunt was of the firm belief that “idle hands are the Devil’s workshop,” so I feel slothful and almost sinful if I do not have knitting or quilting or some form of needlework in my hands. However, I was able this week to return to meditation, clearing my mind of the Rolodex of tasks and worries that is usually spinning its evil in my brain.
Amy’s post reminds me of one of my favorite quotations from Blaise Pascal. “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” I have to admit when I sit in a coffeeshop and watch people at the same table focus on their phones, I see myself in the mirror of that self-absorption. I hope to write a post about this topic, which may help me to be more mindful of my need for diversions.
On the positive side as well, last Sunday night’s group sprint was very productive. I finished the first draft of an article for work, which has gone to the academic equivalent of beta readers this week. I also tackled the female character I mentioned in the last check-in, using Denise’s suggestion of writing in first person, just to get inside her head. The exercise was starting to make her more real, and I followed up with exercises from Rachel Funk Heller’s Writers’ Coloring Book for which I was a beta last fall. I was working through my English war bride’s strengths and fears, when I moved on to her yearning. Suddenly, I got her completely; I knew what I had been missing in her backstory. I was very pleased and happy with myself. I also got the chance to see Shan for the first time in a long time. *waves*
I ended the week by finishing up an additional sponsor post. This week had so much to contemplate, so many great posts, it was great fodder. So all in all, a positive and productive week, although I do need to work more assiduously on some of my goals, especially responding to comments in a more timely manner. How are you doing? Let me know, and I will respond, by gosh!
Also, please go visit the other RoWers. Many of us are facing a change in routine with the summer here, so encouragement to stay strong and stay writing is very helpful. The linky is here.