Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Wearing a Scribbling Suit

  “Every few weeks she would shut herself up in her room, put on her scribbling suit, and “fall into a vortex, …writing away at her novel with all her heart and soul, for till that was finished she could find no peace…”  Jo of Little Women describing the writing life.

I know all about that “scribbling suit” and the distress caused by not getting to put it on. Life itself is an interruption sometimes. Today the skies started out the day being the light gray of soft wool and have stayed that way. Without the sun, the air has been some cooler and rain is possible now.

I had hurried out to Lowe’s flower clearance yesterday where things were a nickel and 10 cents a pot. Hardly worth the financial transaction. But I did get some lovely crotons for $1.15 each! These are hardy and if I can keep watered a couple of weeks, they will make lovely autumn colors with some pumpkins. Right now, the existing flowers are quite washed out or dying. The crotons are a fresh spot today.

I actually did get to put on that scribbling suit today for a while. In fact, I put down 1200 words on a rough draft! It felt mighty darn good. Lunch was an hour late, and it was a mere sandwich with some fresh cantaloupe when it finally appeared. DH had mowed and was cooling off when I stepped outside and saw his hungry face.

I said, “Sorry, but the town sheriff is just considering letting a soiled dove buy him a drink! Who knows where that might lead! I need a rest before going on.” I am sure DH was relieved that the story had heated up to the point he could get some lunch himself!


Sioux said...

Claudia--You do know, don't you, that cold hot dogs--right out of the refrigerator--make a wonderful lunch (for spouses) when you're in the writing groove?

I'm glad you had a great day with your writing.

Weekend-Windup said...

The white duck looks very cute. Writing helps to make our mind. Wish you a happy writing...

Elephant's Child said...

Life does get in the way sometimes doesn't it?
Love your crotons - and am really happy to hear that you got a writing interlude.

Linda O'Connell said...

Isn't it wonderful to take off on a writing adventure without interruptions? I am sitting here thinking of writing and realizing I have a cake to bake. Dog gone it! Life does get in the way, some days.
Your story sounds interesting.

Marylin Warner said...

Oh, I love this post, Claudia. Jo's scribbling suit rang so true with me, and your comment about needing to put one on and write is so true. There are times I just need to move out of the busy world, away from ringing phones, doorbells and distractions, and be alone with my ideas and writing tools.
Excellent post.

Patricia A. Laster said...

Geez! I missed this post too!! I have a couple of short-story ideas, but only 4 days to finish writing/ preparing entries for the National Poetry Day in Arkansas's contest, deadline: the 15th. Don't know if I'll ever get enough extra time to tackle the Bombadil's monthly exercises.