|My writing studio in the deser|
Other times, I’m at our daughter’s island home off the coast of Seattle. I set myself up to write in her dining room, where I feel quite at home. The Japanese styled furniture in this serene space used to decorate my mother’s house. A grandchild might wander in and sit down at the Kimball console piano to practice, the very one my mother played when she accompanied young dancers in my grandmother’s ballet and tap studio.
But no matter where I write, the challenge is always the same. I try to write early in the day, when my energy is highest. I try to summon the focus it takes to lose myself in my story. I try to put in the hours to produce the desired word count. I try. I don’t always succeed.
If I stay on the balance beam and work toward health and well being, my days will include morning quiet time, an exercise class tucked somewhere in my schedule, and some meaningful time spent with family and friends. A spiritual insight that informs my work, a yoga class that unkinks my neck and shoulders from writer’s hunch, a phone call from one of the kids, a movie date with my husband, or an evening with friends...in addition to 1,000 words, of course...and my day is pretty perfect. It is a difficult balance to maintain. Too many internet rabbit holes; too much time spent sorting and managing stuff (closets, excel spreadsheets, social media, good intentions); too early a move to the sofa and the TV; I lose my footing.
|On the road|
Headlines vie for my attention with National Inquirer tactics: “What This Woman Did Had Me Sobbing for Days!” Makes me feel like the monkey triplets; don’t want to see it, hear it, or repeat it in a tweet. Invitations to try this, learn that, download, upgrade, or buy proliferate faster than I can hit delete. The cumulative effect weighs heavy.
I imagine we would all like more time to read deeply or write breakthrough prose. I love that these are portable activities. I’m looking for ways to unpack the detractors from the experience I truly desire.
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