Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yes, yes, I know

I have been being creative, honestly I have, I finished my story, it is getting workshopped in two days (YAAAARGHL). It's just that there isn't time for anything, room for anything, it's stressing me out, which is a bit unusual for me. I'm tired now, thoroughly, wretchedly tired, but I'm writing, and I'm excited about that, very excited, if scared, but that's about all I have space for: work, volunteer work, writing and sleep. Food, yes, rather too much of it I believe.

Monday, March 21, 2011



So I made it back from the Golden West safely - it was lovely out there, lovely to get a break from the thisness of life and do something else for a while. Even for the ten minutes at the end of the day spent walking by the water it would have been worth it. As it was, there were more merits to the trip, most of which are work related and obscure. Salient fact: I now somewhat miraculously have a very rough draft of an actual story. Not sure what to make of that,but one must suppose that it is a good thing.

It is spring. Chilly, but spring - my house is filled with hyacinths and peonies and there is nothing quite like coming home to the slight smell of hyacinths emanating from your front door.

Hope yours is nice too.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dag vriendjes en vriendinnetjes

Because it is never too late to introduce a creepy clown! That line is from the theme song of Bassie & Adriaan, which I loved as a child and which now simply bewilders me a little. Anyhow, I am off to the West coast tomorrow, for work, so if you don't hear from me, that's why. Cross you fingers for me, I'm presenting! And yes, the creative project continues, still writing silly stuff. Maybe I'll post some soon, just for kicks.

Anyway, off with me.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday morning

I am in Richmond, former capital of the confederacy, where spring has already started, and yes, I have been sticking to my plan of doing something creative every day. The creative thing has mostly been the same thing, which is a little dull, I admit, but it has been done - the project continues as I write. Slowly, slowly, a little to my dismay, but all the same, I now have five pieces of writing, however modest, however unfinished in some cases, as compared to the zero I had done in the n months before. It seems to involve a lot of food, and by that I mean a lot of writing about food. It is, I suppose, what comes to mind.

There hasn't been much time for other fun stuff, between the work travel coming up, general work craziness, the volunteer board work, and my standing commitments. I regret that, but it is nice to find that even so I can still find the time to do this, though it reminds me of Virginia Woolf and her room of one's own - I have the room, but so little time to myself that I end up writing in other people's rooms, like today with this guest broadcast from Richmond, where I am staying with a friend. It has blossoms and nice weather, and that has gone a ways in helping my obsessive mind leave well alone for a little bit. I needed it, though I really didn't have the time for it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Really bloody hard

Today did everything it could to thwart my creative project, but here I am, it's been a struggle but yes, I am writing! Right now! Yes, let me go do that.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ash Wednesday

And pray that I may forget
These matters that with myself I too much discuss
Too much explain
Because I do not hope to turn again
Let these words answer
For what is done, not to be done again
May the judgement not be too heavy upon us"

I can never forget T.S. Eliot at the beginning of this time of discipline and observance.

It will be hard this year to live up to my commitment. I have started. Just a little bit, a little tiny start of a story, a something, a small, curled up thing. But a thing, something of mine.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


I got a head start on my pancakes, so fat tuesday (evening) is for giving myself the evening off. Tomorrow the work, the creative work, starts.

Wish me luck, and industry.

Monday, March 07, 2011


I will be writing more here. Soon it will be Ash Wednesday and the Project shall begin. Behind the scenes, I am already working on it. There shall be creativity! But first, sleep. No, seriously, I am going to bed now. Sleep well, kind friends.