After Six Weeks…

I guess you could say I’m back from my furlough. It’s the first full week of autumn 2018. I love the first few weeks of this season before the chilly winds blow. Despite the warm temperatures, there’s a coolness and another difference in the air I can’t quite explain that is tantalizing at this time of year.

I mulled over the idea of coming back to the blogosphere for quite a while. I questioned the time I put into this diversion. My house could be quite a bit cleaner if I’d just spend more time at the chores. I’d probably be a better writer if I spent more time reading books about writing and wrote more hours of the day. After all, getting better at the craft was why I took a break during August and the first part of this month.

August 6th was when I published my last post. My goal was to delve into the skills of writing I knew I was weak in. It’s debatable whether I acquired a better grip on my writing skills, let alone learn anything new. I can, nonetheless, say I have calmed down a bit with my writing. I, now, am refusing to give into the mindset of having to hasten the process as I used to do, mostly out of some crazy habit that didn’t have a purpose. Trying to rush wasn’t doing me any favors with my WiP or even with my life in general. It would be nice if I could sit for hours at this desk researching, outlining, and writing until my fingers were numb but it just isn’t going to happen with me. The work isn’t going to be worthwhile that way. I used to be able to work like that, but not anymore.

While chitchatting with my brother and niece on the phone a few weeks ago, an idea for a new project began to form in the back of my mind. I have to chalk it up to the vibes my 15-year-old niece was giving me as the conversation progressed. She doesn’t know she’s given me this idea and I don’t plan to tell her unless I see it all the way through. As this idea develops, I’ve found myself getting a little psyched up to write it. So far, I’m still in the research stage though and need to write up summaries and profiles before the writing starts. Trying to braid ancient history with today isn’t an easy undertaking. Still, I’m enjoying the hours I’ve been spending searching through websites for the information I want. Soon, real soon, I’m going to have to break down and go to the library for in-depth information though.

While this has been going on, I finally decided I wanted to get back into the web of bloggers again, but with an alteration. I’m going to try writing blog posts intermittently now instead of following a rigid schedule. After all, this isn’t a professional blog. It’s a personal one, with its main purpose being to clear the pandemonium out of my head so I can center myself while working on my WiP. I figure I’ll want to get a post in at least once a month and there’s a strong possibility it’ll be more often than that.

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I guess autumn is my favorite season of the year. Which season is your favorite?

“There was a filmy veil of soft dull mist obscuring, but not hiding, all objects, giving them a lilac hue, for the sun had not yet fully set; a robin was singing … The leaves were more gorgeous than ever; the first touch of frost would lay them all low to the ground. Already one or two kept constantly floating down, amber and golden in the low slanting sun-rays.”
― Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

 

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18 thoughts on “After Six Weeks…

  1. You’ve found equilibrium in your life, Glynis, balancing personal relationships with writing tasks. They aren’t mutually exclusive as immersion in one may impact energy applied to the other. Wishing you the best in all your new endeavors.

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    1. Hi, Shari. I don’t really consider what I’m doing now a new endeavor. To me, it feels like the old one but with a newfound perspective. True, the writing isn’t exclusive from other going-ons in my life and I need to get into the habit of combining them when it’s possible. Easier said than done, however, because old worthless habits die hard.

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  2. Lovely to hear you had time off away from blogging, Glynis. You really can’t rush the writing process, and sounds like you want to give your writing every bit of time and attention. My favorite season is summer. Love warm breezes and temperatures – that just invigorates me.

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    1. Hi, Mabel. Summer used to be my favorite season. That’s when I was still in school though. It wasn’t the fact that school was out of session so much. It was that feeling of freedom because of all the delicious fair weather. I remember going out after dinner to spend time with friends with the sun still blazing yet low in the west. I remember needing to just wear shorts, a thin top of some sort, and sandals. Summers were glorious, that’s for sure. Nowadays, I prefer long pants with quarter-length sleeved shirts, and tennis/jogging shoes. I, no longer, want the sun beating down merciless on me, instead wanting those cool breezes. [I think this is just a sign of getting older 😛 ]

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    1. Hi, Andrew. The balancing act is still rather delicate and I find myself slipping one way or the other at times. I have a feeling I still have a lot to learn about keeping all things in perspective. :/

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  3. I’m glad to see you return, Glynis. I don’t think the frequency matters. What matters is that it seems you found a way to include a lot of things into your day, including one that seems exciting. I look forward to hearing more about that, if it comes to fruition, or even if it doesn’t. Good luck with the research and the WIP.

    As far as seasons go, fall takes the prize. For the past several years, I have saved a big chunk of my vacation time so I can take days off in October. It’s the best time to be in New England. Enjoy the season!

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    1. Dan, the truth is there isn’t all that much to my days. There isn’t a bit of frustration that I feel that has anything to do with time restrictions or a run-over of activities. All of my vexations are more or less self-made, usually being my indecisive nature.

      October is pretty here too. I live in the Cumberland Mountains. With all the rain we’ve had this year, the hills will be ablaze with color. I like this season for the way the air feels. Even when it’s warm, there’s a briskness to it that you don’t feel at any other time.

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  4. Welcome back! Nothing much has changed, I dare say. You’ll get right back into the swing of things easily. I like the idea of present-past woven together. i’ve read a few of that type (can’t think of names at the moment) and loved them.

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    1. Thank you, Jacqui. I’m not completely sure how I’m going to mesh the two time periods yet but I feel certain I can do it, which is something I haven’t felt for a while.

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    1. Thanks for the welcome back, Carla. Here in Tennessee, the summers are hot and unbearably sticky with humidity. The second I walk outside, my clothes are trying to stick to me. I’m guessing your summers are pretty much the same way. In the western part of the US, there isn’t any humidity so the summers are great there.

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    1. The going on my WiP has been slow but I’m not feeling that nasty pull from my blog. I am more honed in on my project, concentrating on the details, which was a problem before.

      Judging from what I’ve read at your blog, your struggle is probably much worse than mine. That idea of writing in your daughter’s room when you put her to bed is actually ingenious. The chances of you being disturbed by anything else going on in your home is going to be rare.

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