November 13th ROW80: Excuses
November 13, 2011 § 2 Comments
A plague! It is upon us! Okay, it’s a cold. But it makes me crazy, because all 3 of us have it now. And a sick 5 month old and 2 year old is hard-core. It will melt your face off. We also went out of town for a few days, and the short and long of it is: I didn’t get much done.
I did get 500-750 words a day. So I didn’t totally check out since Wednesday. And I sort of cheated on Nano because I knew this was bound to happen (and even though I love self-punishment, I hate to fail). So I think I should be okay. I already had a lot of words (just not pieced together). It was in an effort to level the playing field against my imaginary competitor. YOU (just kidding!)
Another thing is I got a lot of imagination time. It has become apparent to me that I’ve been training my whole life to constructively daydream. It’s fun. I like to visit my characters, replay a scene I’ve written or plan to write. The odd shiny idea (sometimes flying squirrels–long story) flies by me and I catch it and it sets me in a new direction. I can’t tell you the hours I got in on this, but I know it was more than six. (Car music of late is the new Florence & Machine. It’s rad.)
I have tried for years to get my sister to read Jane Eyre. She was showing me her fancy Nook color this weekend and I saw it in her library and couldn’t resist its pull. So I’m reading it again. It’s one of the few books that I continue to revisit throughout my life. I bet I was 11 or 12 when I first read it, then in high school and in a class in college. Now I’ve read it as a mother (almost 30!). I know not everyone has this kind of book, and it isn’t even necessarily my favorite book. Anyone else have a book that they read throughout their life? I have several, but this is one of my earliest ones and very close to my jaded heart (yes, I do have one).