Clear The Decks, I Feel More Than One Project Coming On by Susan Lute
Part of the journey goes like this…send TDT to editor. Check. Finish BQ. Check. Do cover. Check. Publish. Within next two weeks! Make a publishing schedule for 2012. Check. Cancel all conferences for next year…
Wait. What? Cancel? All conferences? You’re kidding, right? My local writing chapter does a Spring Intensive every year. I’m giving a workshop! Whew! I’m going to that one.
Let’s talk. Do you have your morning coffee or tea at your elbow? Mine’s right here. Yes, for the next leg of my writing journey, it appears I’m staying home this next year in favor of following my own advice to write…write…write. I’d like to publish four new novels, and maybe a novelette or two – an ambitious schedule, especially for me.
What brought on this moment of clarity (some would call it insanity)? My mom moved to Hawaii. On the surface, that doesn’t mean much to most. It’s Hawaii for Pete’s sake. But for me came the realization of how quickly life can change. She’s seventy-seven, has a health issue or two, and is living the life she wants. I’m…not seventy-seven…have a health issue or two, and almost living the life I want.
How do you decide what you want your life to look like? I don’t know, but I do know I want time to read and more time to write. In equal parts. Probably. I want to look out the window with my fingers on the keyboard and see the sun shining. And I want to see streams and streams of sunlight falling across my desk.
Are you living the life you want? I’m always a little unsettled when these epiphanies come. Isn’t everyone? But I also know they must be dealt with or else they keep nagging. One of the ways I deal is to have a reading marathon. Since I believe you can see an author’s take on life from the stories they tell, I think you can also learn from them by reading their work.
I just finished a fabulous novel by Meljean Brook, Heart Of Steel. My favorite line is…God, he wished he’d kissed her properly first. He wished he’d made love to her as she’d wanted. Hard, fast, angry, slow…it didn’t matter now. Alright, I have two favorite lines. The second is…I’m coming back for you.
I don’t want to look back and wish I’d written that story. You know the one I mean. The one readers will pick up and be able to open to their favorite line. The one that will stay in their hearts and minds long after they finish. So the decks are cleared – at least for now. Check-
I know this is probably too philosophical, but I’m wondering… What is your favorite line from an awesome book? What thing would you clear the decks for?
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