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Last time I “taked” I felt wobbly about specializing.
This week I embraced the gift it is.
All my life I’ve felt pulled between all the things I love and all the things I do well, and it was only recently I released most of them to consciously focus on writing as my first (extra-curricular) priority.
On Tuesday I lived a day that reminded me of the turmoil I used to live in my trying to do everything. It was energizing and exciting… and nothing got done in my home. My children played more with other people than with me. Okay for a day, but I wouldn’t want to live this way.
I am so thankful for the opportunity God provided to let the other things go.
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Fertility in fiction. You ever wonder why there isn’t any?
I played with the idea of a closer-to-natural fertility in my novel.
That is, I sat down with my time line and two major families then calculated how many children they ought to have with normal health in a pre-birth-control era. This quickly became overwhelming by sheer numbers and I turned evil-god and gave one family a bad marriage and the other miscarriages.
They still ended up with 5 and 7 births, respectively, but it was good practice in understanding why so many stories center around 1- and 2- children families. I no longer am certain those choices strictly reflect a lower view of large families. Rather, I see it as an example of something most novelists wrestle with–simplicity enough not to drown.
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Does anybody here remember Colby? This is the sort of music I grew up on.
At my mom’s yesterday I played the record for my kids. The “computer” elements have not aged well, but the music and the clear communication of foundational messages is still *solid*. The music caught my emotional memory in ways I never expected, and reminded me of how much I wished I could play piano– I can’t think of another way one person can teach two-part harmony.
The sweet two-part harmonies are the exact thing I want to teach my kids and their Sunday school class. If you ever hear of this being re-issued on CD, let me know. I have some scruples about giving away copies of recordings, so I haven’t done that, but I wish I could get “Make a joyful noise” into every home in our little church.
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Tonight I’ll be going to a “ladies’ retreat.” I’ll be overnight away from home, sans kids, husband and novel.
*What* am I going to do with myself???
Is it too much to hope that I’ll get good sleep?
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I’m considering joining Weight Watchers. I have several friends who’ve spoken well of it and the structure it provides.
My resistance comes from the cost and the reality that I– in theory at least– already know what to do, so paying someone to *watch* me do it seems weird. It makes me think of what my mom says about those who have that gastric-bypass surgery: “If they can change the way they eat afterward, why not before?” (I’ve been told reasons, but they’re pretty gross)
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I haven’t been reading much since I started this last revision, but on one level I see this as a basic defense. For me, reading (beyond the recreation and enjoyment of it) is to gather input and ideas for my own work. At this exact moment I am not in a conscious idea-gathering stage and don’t want to be distracted from the “basic clean-up” I’m working on completing.
Honestly, if there is some huge structural flaw, or major twist or revision that needs to be worked in, I am not in a mental/emotional state to apply it, so I’d rather not increase my awareness just now. I’ll re-engage after I send this out.
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I have a stack of “animal-transformation” novels I’m working my way through (in the not-this-minute sense). Also found an interesting book called The Beast and the Blond with a chapter about animal transformations and the difference between males and females with the affliction.
All sorts of assumptions and discussions about the differences between male and female troubles and attitudes.
Fascinating stuff this. To me.
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