I’m back, or at least I’d like to admit that! Lately I’ve had some data overload which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it isn’t good either.
I’ve been at war with myself. I don’t know how many of you have families. How many are single parents but I am. I have a teenage daughter and if you know anything about teenagers, they can be pretty selfish. That aside, the war I’ve been waging on myself is whether I continue writing or not. It’s always a trade-off… do I visit with friends or write? Do I clean my house or write? Do I do the work I brought home to get it off my desk at work or do I write?
Writers probably always reach this crossroads in their time. I’ve been writing since 2001. This is a part of me. How can I just toss out all my work, all my writing magazines and stop teaching? If I do, I could clean, I could sit like a lump on the couch and do crossword puzzles on my iPad while engrossing myself in TV. And then I could build up this major agitation because I’m not writing and I could once again return to having that feeling that something is missing from my life.
But… no. I went off to Chapters on Thursday evening and brand new to the shelves was the November/December issue of Writer’s Digest and I grabbed it, along with the new issue of The Writer. I dove into Writer’s Digest and I’m glad I did. I’m not even halfway through and it was worth the overblown price of $9.50 (CDN). The articles in it, so far, are helping to refresh that need to write. Make a New Commitment to Writing by Elizabeth Sims was excellent.
It also helped, in our small version of the New York Times that I get with my Saturday newspaper, to read an article that publishers are seeking rewrites of Shakespeare! I thought, if I get the chance, to perhaps work on Romeo & Juliet. At least give it a whirl! Although how many times has that storyline been used, really?
I have other things to work on first though. And how on earth do you write a story for Chicken Soup for the Soul? It shouldn’t be that hard! I also have NaNoWriMo coming up in exactly two weeks.
It feels good but, in light of my fatigue, overwhelming!
But it also feels good to be back!