Friday, September 30, 2011

Settling In

Life is good. This is the view when I go on my walks. Clear, blue skies, magnificent oaks, squirrels to distract the dog, anthills, marshes, flying fish and even alligators. Today I saw a baby (not sure -- it was about 1-2 ft long) sunning itself by one of the ponds. It crawled into the water and kept watch. Once my eyes adjusted, I saw three more alligators in the pond and a few turtles too. We watched each other :)

I love coming home to vibrant milkweed and daisies planted by the side of our house. So pretty. Lots of butterflies and birds too.

All these pictures up above were taken by my daughter. She's getting good, no? My son isn't the only one with a good eye.


We had such a fun time at the pumpkin patch last weekend -- hay rides, corn maze (hard to believe how tall the corn was), giant jumping pillow and gloriously orange pumpkins. We need to get some to decorate our front porch.

We are so blessed to have the final assembly for the Boeing 787 here in Charleston. Everyone here is so pleased to have the factory here as well because a big company like Boeing helps develop a lot of the supporting industry in the area.

This is my office (finally a room of my own!) and although there are plenty of boxes still left to be unpacked, I have all the important stuff -- my novel, my laptop, space and time. It's been two long months since I touched it and I will begin next week, if only to read and make notes. My goal is to get is polished to send it out by the end of the year.

The dog has a bed beneath my desk and she's sleeping there as I write this post. My old black cat hasn't yet discovered the blanket yet. She's meowing upstairs.

Can you give me tips on how best to dive back into writing and revising while there is still a ton of household stuff to be taken care of? Am I crazy to try to attempt this or should I just let it be until I can spend a couple of hours on it daily? It's probably going to take me another month to get settled enough where I'm not worried about lost school forms and what else did I forget to do. What do you do to get back into your work after a long hiatus and how do you write when life is still chaotic? I'm all ears.



Evelyn said...

Great to see all your pictures, Vijaya!! Thanks for sharing. The pumpkin patch looks extra fun. Brought back memories of when we used to take our school classes on a field trip to similar places. That was before NCLB meant there wasn't time for such expeditions. We weighed pumpkins, measured them, counted seeds, graphed results, and did plenty of other learning activities, but I don't think such trips happen much any more. Sigh.

Sorry I don't have great tips for getting back into the writing. I'm pretty good about ignoring housework (as you could probably tell from visiting us), but everybody has their own level of tolerance for chaos, clutter, and lack of cleanliness. I'll be praying that you find that calm space within yourself that lets you write again. Hugs, Ev

Mirka Breen said...

First line of your post says it. The photographs add to the glow. Lovely, Vijaya.

Marcia said...

Love, love, love the pictures. Yes, your daughter is good! I'm a closeup photography fan as well. Gators? Yeeps.

When my life was chaos, I wrote nonfiction. Yeah, I know, not helpful.

Now that my WIP is ready to query, I'm reacquainting myself with my two back-burner WIPs, which I haven't looked at in a year or more. I start by going over all the notes I made for the book, plus rereading what I've written. Even if you don't feel you're getting a lot done, if you can keep your head in the story for a little bit each day, that goal will seem more reachable.

Vijaya said...

I do so appreciate your prayers Ev. we were always blessed to live in a good school district with lots of parental involvement (NCLB or not). Both my kids did these activities at the pumpkin patch and what fun it is. I remember paying only a nominal cost of $8 or so, which I realize can get prohibitive for a family that is struggling to put food on the table.

Ignore the housework! I've heard that more than once. I'll have to do this because there is so much to do. It's not the mess so much that bothers me as it is the lack of organization for important things. For instance, I have no idea where I put a lovely personal rejection to a PB ... and I thought I had a marriage certificate, but it was just a copy, not the original. I'm still trying to get a good handle on all that.

Mirka, thank you.

Marcia, I am thinking about NF more since that is so much easier for me (think Pearson). I will take your advice and just read and make some notes. Getting my head into the book so that the characters speak to me while I'm doing other things is what I really need. Then I can dash off notes atop a box if I need to.

Vijaya said...

And Marcia, my daughter is so pleased with the compliment :)

Bish Denham said...

Fabulous picture Dagny!

As for getting back into writing, I suppose until you get yourself a bit more organized and more boxes emptied it might be a bit difficult.

Maybe you can call it a reward. For the time it takes to unpack a box every you give yourself that same amount of time to sit down and write.

J.A. Palermo said...

You just inspired me to take my camera on walks. And as for household chores -- when I'm in that writing zone, everything that isn't necessary waits. I'm scrubbing my house right now, waiting for my agent to read my WIP.

Vijaya said...

Bish, rewards are good -- maybe I should write first thing though once the morning chores are done because I cooked and cleaned and made appts. after the walk before I ever sat down to look at my wip. But it felt so good I didn't want to stop.

Judy, I will have to remember to do the necessary things only for a while. Thanks for that and visiting. And yes, do take your camera along. It's such fun.