Reasons for not writing last week:
- tired from working forty-plus hours at day job
- had to make refreshments for a meeting I was going to
- prepared a talk on “Lemon Herbs” for the meeting
- went shopping for shoes for a wedding on the weekend
- packed my suitcase for out-of-state wedding
- three days away with at an incredible resort
Now I have writer’s guilt. I should have been able to write something besides a to-do list. I could have written down conversations I heard at near-by tables at the wedding reception. Instead of taking a Lisa Gardner book with me when I walked to the sandy lakeside beach near our cottage, I could have taken my lap-top or at least pen and paper and written plot ideas for my book. What was I thinking when I drove almost four hours without recording my rapid-firing thoughts on the tension and conflict my protagonist faces? Shame on me for listening to an audio book called “Prayers for Sale”, a gentle story of an old woman and her young friend that was set in a gold-mining town in Colorado during the Depression. Did I even pay attention as I was listening to the book to plot structure and character development? No, I did not as I now hang my head in shame.
But today is another day and last week is just a memory. I am refreshed and renewed. The first draft of “Old Age is a Killer” beckons me to finish Chapter 10. The TV is off. The only noise is the sound of a neighbor mowing his lawn. The cats and dog are fed and sleeping. This blog post is almost done. So it is time.
Talk to you later!