How in the world is it Friday already? This week flew by. FLEW, I tell you. On wings and a prayer. Here are some things that happened this week that are NOT writing related : a. I had an awful allergy attack because of the changing weather that made me feel very uncomfortable and tired for most of the week UNTIL b. I finally bought a neti pot. Which seriously has changed my life. For those of you not in the know, a neti pot is a squat little, well, pot, that comes with it’s own salty saline solution, which you mix up with luke warm water. Then you plug the spout of the neti pot into a nostril, tilt your head (but dude, read the directions) and let the water wash out your sinuses. I am a new woman, although I am left wondering whether I use this every day, as some of the doctors I work for advocate, or use it only when I’m feeling allergies coming on? It’s an absolutely disgusting process but very worth it if you have allergies, which you probably do because there aren’t a whole lot of honey bees left which means there’s more pollen in the air this year than ever before, which reminds me, c. my mom accused me of killing the honey bees with my cell phone usage because she heard on NPR that it’s all of us running around with cell phones making all this white noise that has disoriented and killed all the bees. Also, she thinks I’m going to get a brain tumor and die from using a cell phone. Just an average, every day conversation with my mom. d. A woman at work who didn’t like something I wrote that EVERY BODY ELSE LOVED called me out by emailing me and cc’ing my supervisors but my boss, who is the best boss ever, totally stood up for me which was great and, in the end, I WAS RIGHT, but it made for a very stressful day regardless. I hate people who act small in the work place, especially when all any of us are really trying to do is provide excellent patient care in our own way. I ended Thursday with e. getting a manicure and pedicure and having my nails painted this fabulous bright pink which will be very unprofessional at work today but what the hell, it’s Friday.
But you wanted to know about my writing:
Novel writing – I purposely took this week off from novel writing because I wanted to do some research before diving into the next chapter. Specifically I wanted to recall what was going on in the world during the summer of 2002. My journal from that time is locked in storage and I should probably go find it but as we’ve all seen from previous diary entries it probably reads something like “Oh. My. God. I. HATE. TERRORISM. Will I ever get into graduate school?” It’s weird to think in the summer my novel takes place, we hadn’t yet invaded Iraq. It’s hard to believe there was a period of time where this criminal “war” wasn’t taking place, but there is lots of foreshadowing if its eventuality. Also, the economy was in shambles, everyone was trying to heed Bush’s advice and “get back to normal,” and a mega corporation was falling apart. I have enough information now to write the first chapter of act two so I start that this week.
Nonfiction writing – The interesting thing about novel writing is, it feels like I’m pouring everything I have into it and there isn’t a whole lot left for nonfiction. But essays were my first love and after returning to nonfiction reading I REALLY don’t want to abandon my roots so what I think I have to abandon, instead, is my MFA manuscript. I keep thinking I’ll return to it but whenever I do I am so terrible UNINSPIRED (I’m all about the capitalizations this morning). And I’m sort of thinking there might be a lot of possibilities for essays hiding out in this blog if I started going through my posts. I’ve had a few ideas for essays recently and I’ve decided to commit to playing around with them and see where they take me.
Work writing – Busy making friends and enemies with the power of language. One thing about me – I’m quite competitive in the work place once I know I have to be. Roar.
Misc – I HAVE to get my desk in order this weekend before I write one more word. I don’t know how it gets like this. Currently on my desk: stacks and stacks of novel notes, packs of S.’s bar study notecards (and. OH. THERE IS SO A POST ABOUT THE BAR EXAM COMING UP.) Lemon Pledge. Stacks of invitations for the shower i am throwing for my sister in law (wedding shower, not baby). A bunch of receipts we entered into Quicken but didn’t yet shred, my ipod, a pile of research from the summer of 2002, my address book and the slip for the dry cleaners. You know what there isn’t on my desk? Pens. We have lost all of our pens! OH! Before I forget, reading…
Reading – Still reading Lent and Dillard. I am a slow reader I guess.
Tonight – Free concert with brother, sister-in-law and friends in Oakland – the Old 97s. Can’t wait! And S. is taking me to buy my belated birthday present…a bike! We are going Sunday morning and I hope by Sunday afternoon I am tooling around town on my new bike. I’m pretty psyched.
Happy weekend, all!
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