I wasn’t intending to blog today, because whenever Carrie blogs, I feel like her post should sit on top of the page for awhile. They’re such rare occurences. But I feel less guilty about that today, because her post is the interesting and compelling one today, and the conversation rolls there nicely. So I can do a little blog post here.
There’s been no writing done today. Yesterday, I filled up two legal-size sheets of blank paper with nearly-organized notes describing where I am now, all the way to the end of The Nondescript. I have amusing ideas, like “I can maybe finish this book by December 31st!” but they are not to be listened to. Nevertheless, January won’t be half over before I finish the book. It’s a nice feeling. A lot of the really long plotlines got shifted into a potential book 2 and book 3, and I like that too. It means I can write this book nice and clean, but still have enough there for other books. It’s great.
My wife pointed out that, if I cannot start bringing in approximately $400 by July, (that’s monthly, mind you), then come August when my parents move back into town, it looks like they’ll be doing babysitting duties, possibly, and I have to head back out and get a job. I have piles of angst about this, for lots of reasons, none of which I’ll go into here. I won’t force you all to listen to another 5,000 word blog post. (NOt yet, anyway. I’m not done analyzing How I Wrote Then versus How I Write Now). Immediate result is that this morning, I sent our five or six short story submissions. It won’t help, but it made me feel better for a moment. Off and on, I wonder if I’d really managed to make a success out of God in the Machine, if it would have gone a ways toward offsetting that number. I have no idea.
Off our bedroom, we have a really large walk-in closet. Well, maybe not really-large. By my standards, if a closet is walk-in, then it’s pretty big. I haven’t measured it. It has been, up until just today, a disaster. Piles of clothes that I haven’t had time to sort through (what we wear, what needs to be washed, what to throw away, what to give away, etc,) and it was full of boxes and baby stuff. I have, until this moment, spent an exhausting and sweaty day cleaning it and boxing stuff up and getting everything ready. I did some measurements and utilized the design skills that too much time watching HGTV and Discovery Home have given me, and I am going to turn it from a cramped closet…into a gorgeous library, full of bookshelves and everything. It’ll be gorgeous, if I do it right. I wish I had a “BEFORE” picture to show you, but I didn’t take one. I will post an “AFTER” picture, though. If I really do it right, I bet I can squeeze a little desk in the corner, and while it won’t be the same as having an office, it will be a desk to write at. It will be private. The closet has a door. It will make a wonderful place to write. And, being right off the bedroom — which is where Zach’s crib is, until August-ish — it means I can keep an ear out for him. I can even write at night without bothering anyone. I am hugely looking forward to it. I hope to finish it tomorrow. I’ll post pictures when done, as I said. Or maybe video. We shall see.
Lunch is done, and I am starving, so now I’ll go eat.