I’ve been out of the WUW loop for a couple of months, because of a sudden, and long, trip to the UK. I got back to Canada last Thursday (January 8th), and am working hard to get back into a routine that includes the all-important WRITING.
What I’m Reading
I read a bunch of audiobooks while I was away, including Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, which I highly recommend for anyone who is familiar with Amy and/or believes in the empowerment of girls and women. Currently reading a book she mentioned in her book, that I already owned but hadn’t fully read, called The Gift of Fear, which is something everyone — especially women — should read. My friend Megan recommended it to me years ago, and now I recommend it to others. Go on, read it, and learn to trust your instincts and worry less about being perceived as rude or standoffish by people you don’t know and will probably never see again.
What I’m Writing
Honestly, at this point, I’ve written sweet bugger all in six or seven weeks. I took my notebook for morning pages with me to England, and never cracked it open. I took my index cards for plotting the mystery novel with me, too, and the closest I came to looking at them was moving them out of the way of the other accumulated junk in the guest room at my in-laws’ house. I have, however, written pages for the last few days. Going to get back into the habit asap. Also plan to start keeping a written (in a notebook) diary/writing log, as we were exhorted to do at the beginning of The Writers’ Studio last year.
What Works for Me
I’m hoping that a ritual clean-and-tidy of my environment (including my home office) will encourage a mental clean-and-tidy of my mental spaces, and prepare the way for a new writing year. The last vestiges of Christmas get put away today, the vacuum comes out, and with luck I’ll have clean bathrooms, kitchen, carpets and floors by day’s end. And I will have caught a long way up on 60+ hours of unlistened-to podcasts that piled up while I was away.
What Else is Going On
I registered for the first course in SFU’s Editing Certificate Program, and the first class (Editors and Editing: An Introduction), so I have homework and readings, in addition to writing-related stuff to do. I am also looking for a job, either for an organization or freelance. I am recovering from jet lag, so start to droop at about 8 p.m., and then wake up before the sun comes up (which isn’t hard, at this time of year, I admit).
Thanks for stopping by! I’ve missed you!