I find winter the writing season. Summer heat is for reading, tea drinking, dinners on the deck, friends, fast runs to Sonic, etc. I find the time each day too chopped into pieces to write much. However, to be lethargic about writing is draining too. Two great ideas began to firm up in my head this week. I took one morning for writing but produced only half a page!
Today’s mail was “writing wonderful” though. I found a nice package from Saturday Writers (www.saturdaywriters.org ). A nice letter about winning first place in this Missouri organization’s personal essay contest, a check, judge's comments, and info cards about Saturday Writers was thrilling to receive. Look at their lovely business cards!
I look around this office and see three books, one writer magazine, and one journal started. There is that monkey mind again, jumping from one thing to another. I am working on reading a 600 page bio of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Mauve Binchy novel, a novel by Mary Gordon named Spending, and The Little Balkans Review. The Bonhoeffer is heavy with lots of theology that slows me down but it is interesting. This man and his concept of Easy Grace vs. True Grace fascinates me, challenges me.
I have read Mary Gordon for years but when I picked up Spending off a bargain table, I did not know what I was getting. Wow, I have never see Gordon write such steamy scenes. I had to put the book down last night before I burned my book-holding hands! The book was written in 1998 so I know it is not a response to 50 Shades of Gray. (By the way, are any of my readers admitting to reading the 50 series? As a writer, the author is dancing all the way to the bank…but…well…. I can’t comment because I have not read for myself.)
The Little Balkans Review came this week…a wonderful journal!!! The staff is all volunteer so the publishing schedule is…ah…quite erratic. But the journal has been going for over 30 years. This spring issue is devoted largely to the painter Charles Banks Wilson. Then it has an interview with one of my own relatives which was a surprise! Many other pages that I have not gotten to yet.
So when you write, do your characters interrupt your life while you are not writing?