this moment, not a future moment

May 14th, 2014 § 0 comments

It is a thousand degrees outside, but I am sitting in a chilled coffee shop, enjoying my day. Later, I have a riding lesson that will be both awesome and sweaty, because it doesn’t begin to cool down till well into the evening.

I have the first half of line edits done on the manuscript, and I’m waiting for the second half. This deep-in-the-weeds editing is far more difficult, in my opinion, than the big picture stuff. Pinning down the first two chapters, in particular, makes me want to bang my head against my keyboard but each pass makes it better. Slowly, slowly, this manuscript nears it’s completion. I am both ready, and also cherishing this moment. This quiet.

I heard a writer of television once say, (paraphrase) “don’t sacrifice the present scene, what’s going on now, for some future possibility.” He was specifically referring to writing for TV where you have an on going story that can span years, you focus on what you’re writing now rather than what you speculate might be the case some time down the road in a future episode or season that might not even exist. Don’t sacrifice the present for the future.

Now is what matters. I have to constantly remind myself of this.

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Current Audiobook:

The Middlesteins, by Jami Attenberg

Recent Audiobooks:

The days of Anna Madrigal, by Armistead Maupid

The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman

Oleander Girl, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Ocean at the End of the Line, by Neil Gaiman

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