The last week I’ve really slowed down a bit on the writing–and yet, in a way, I haven’t. I didn’t do a lot of writing last night, for which I blame my energy levels being down, and Inherent the Wind and Forbidden Planet being on back-to-back, I was sort of pulled away from the novel. The funny thing, however, is that when I worked up what I wrote Sunday morning and added it to what I wrote Sunday Night, it’s came out to about twelve hundred words for the day. I’ve written more, but I’ll take twelve hundred a day.
I realized last night I’m fighting the of the novel. It’s one of those, “I don’t want to go moments,” and I’m working through it. The strange thing is when you’re tired you feel like everything you’re writing is drab, and I was getting that feeling last night. What I had to do to break out of that feeling was go back and read what I’d laid down in the morning, when I’d set down close to nine hundred words in about an hour and a half. It’s the same ebb and flow, and I knew it was the same thing, the same words, the same characters. And I felt more alive writing them twelve hours earlier than I had at night.
It’s funny how our minds work against us this way. I should go back and reread some of my older posts about getting to this point in a story, because I know I’ve been here before. I had a lot of problems writing the end of Suggestive Amusements because of what I had to do at the end of that story, and I just didn’t want to go there. It was hard, so hard to get that ending in place. Also Echoes. I cried pretty much through the last two pages of writing, because of what the characters meant to me, and the feeling behind the character.
Like a certain Doctor I don’t like to say goodbye. But I know I won’t be saying goodbye, really, to my kids, because there are more stories to tell. I just have to finish this novel, then edit a four hundred thousand word story in three parts, get three covers–four when I sell the “Big Book”–and get that done before I move on to B for Beginnings, the second–and I promise, shorter–novel. It’s a lot of work, and it’s on top of all the other things I have happening right now–
Like getting ready to come out at work next week.
This is the last Monday for the “Old Me” at work, and with the clothing in place–with a few bobbles here and there–I’m ready to go. It’s just getting to that point where I can blow this final week off and move one. The term “waiting for the other shoe to drop” has a different meaning for me right now, and I know I’m gonna be geared up come next Monday. And thinking about finishing this novel isn’t helping.
I will promise myself right now that I will finish the Invitation scene tonight. Once that’s finished, that’s really the penultimate “school event” and then it’s a goodbye to all the students and . . . then Annie and Kerry start the trip home. With a few stops along the way, but–
This is it. It’s the beginning of the summertime blues.