I keep reminding myself this summer is extraordinarily busy. More hours at the day job. A trip back to the Midwest to see family. Moving from one city to another. And we’re not done yet. But it looks like my estimated time of arrival back at “normal” after September needs to be pushed back. There’s a niggling concern that I may be entering a “new normal” that feels anything but.
All of this has knocked my writing off course. More often than not, I’m wondering if I’ll ever again find that steady flame of desire to set the words on the page. Will I find myself always thinking about the stories, but never moving to the act of writing beyond those thoughts?
Part of me knows this feeling will pass, and I’ll spend more time in the Scrivener files when we’re finished organizing the new place and I’m used to it. I’m just ready for that to be now rather than later.
Getting to spend Saturday in DC helped. After so many weekends spent packing and cleaning, it was nice to hop on the Metro for some playtime. The cooler break from our normally oppressive summers was also a relief.
The image above, taken in the Hirshhorn Museum’s Sculpture Garden had me thinking of my first WIP. One of the scenes took place in this very spot. But that particular storyline has been dropped for the revised version that will one day be written. I really like Katarina and Mihailo and hope I’ll someday tell their story in a way that resonates with enough readers.
The second photo, taken outside the Natural History Museum, reminds me of Kat’s story from that first WIP. A version of her adventures will stay. This is a cast of a Preclassic Olmec colossal head from Veracruz, Mexico. While Kat does Classic period Maya archaeology in lowland Guatemala, she’s very familiar with the Olmec culture from her graduate studies and teaching Mesoamerican archaeology. I’m sure she’s seen the real thing.
Of course, my (current) plans are to continue work on the new WIP, as you’ve seen from the “setting” photos in my recent posts. No photo for that one this week, but maybe for my next post. And maybe I’ll have some better progress to report then.
How go your plans as the end of the year slips ever closer?