Saturday, August 7, 2004
Cloudy and cool
As it usually happens after a strong writing day, I’m not getting much writing done the day after. But I’m fairly caught up, and can keep my attention on the show without deadline pressure.
I had fun hanging out with my friend last night. We talked about options for her job search. Instead of just packing it in, she’s going to take a week in Maine to think about what she really wants to do. We found an interesting ad and I will fax her resume off today. And look after her cats while she’s gone.
I caught up on e-mail this morning and ran errands. While I was driving, a call came in. I didn’t take it, but, when I listened to the message later, I was annoyed. A friend wanted me to drop everything and go into the city to entertain relatives of hers. Not that she’s working, mind you. She just wanted to hand them off for a day. Without any sort of planning, as usual.
My reaction was out of proportion to the situation. I was truly furious. Then I wondered why I was so angry. After all, in a hundred years, no one will know or care about it. I figured out it was because she only calls me when she wants something. So, I instinctively tense up whenever I hear her voice. And I also realized that she sails around, doing whatever she pleases, calling it “spontaneity” when, in reality, there’s always a cadre of people cleaning up the mess behind her.
And I realized that I can choose not to be part of that cadre.
So I returned the call and simply said, “I’m sorry, I can’t.” No justification. No explanation. No defense. Just a plain, polite no.
And that was that.
And I didn’t have to walk around all day in an utter rage.
I’m reading Edain McCoy’s new book, and I’m surprised at how many of the theories she talks about are situations that Lianna finds herself in during the course of Angel Hunt. It’s pretty funny. We’re exploring parallel tracks. And it reinforces that I’m working along the right lines with the piece – these are questions that people actually are trying to answer. So offering some suggestions within a fictional context can only be useful. My answers aren’t the only way. But they are one possibility.
I need to figure out what I’m going to feed my characters during their dinner at the Captain’s table in Widow’s Chamber. And then write it.
YA is progressing nicely, although I still haven’t figured out a name for the series.
Did a bit of handicapping for my friend who’s going to Saratoga to the races tomorrow and Monday. Hope I haven’t steered her wrong.
I’m going to list some of the blogs I enjoy. I plan to add links to them once I figure out how to do it, but, until then, here they are:
My writer friend Angela sent me the directions to link these to my site – permanently.
Let’s see if I can do it properly.
And then, more Widow’s Chamber and YA and the Christmas story and . . .