Thursday, March 27, 2008

Writing in the Dark

Tonight's one of those nights, working late, burning the midnight oil; that sort of thing. At the moment I'm also writing my blog post (obviously) in a notebook and watching a movie with my wife.
Multitasking, right? Right.
There's been a bit of a renewed interest in the Coffeeshop Confessionals these past few days, that's got me pretty excited! I'll have to do another this weekend so I can link to the posts people have made on their own blogs. You know what that means, don't you? If you've been thinking it might be fun or if you've been meaning to do it, try to get your post in on your blog and send me a note or leave me a comment. I'll post a link to your blog post on Monday or Tuesday when I make my next Confessional post.
So far it looks like I'll be up for a while. The re-indexing is taking forever and there's still a bit more to do after it finally finishes. Some days working from home can be very convenient but there are those days like today where you just wish you could hang up the hat when 5:00 PM rolls around.
The shed in the backyard is really coming together. It's strange to look at it and think about how much of a transition phase it's in right now. Where the skeleton stands there was once nothing but grass, and yet when it's finished we will soon forget about these few days that it lingered in an unfinished state. I guess that isn't too different from writing, is it? We struggle a bit to get our stories through the transition phase and then they become something so much more. After enough time goes by we forget about the grand struggle and look back warmly at our brainchild.
No, that's not right, is it? It's a bit more complicated than a shed. Our stories hold our emotions and the feelings linger long after they've come into their own. We look at parts and fondly remember their skeletal origins. We remember the plot twists we wrote out, or the way the sentence looked before we tweaked it just so.
I have my first Speculative Fiction Writing Group meeting tomorrow at the library. I'm pretty stoked. I'll have to let you know how it goes.

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