My Mission Statement

I write to serve, to unite, to educate. I write to share literature and flesh out ideas that may be of interest to others. I write to document an emotion, experience, or a blip in time. My mission is to write in such a way that the reader is reminded that we can find humor in all situations. It's one of the great blessings of life.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah

Show 'em how you do it, now! I am back in the groove, sisters. Day 2 of returning to NaNoWriMo routine, and it feels GREAT! I'm taking a couple of weeks to write what I think will be the last 10 or 15,000 words of this novel before I go to edit it. I'm very excited to be back in Joey's head again.

I want to especially thank my friend, Jody, who had the brilliant idea of e-mailing each other our writing goals in the morning, then an update at the end of the day. That kind of accountability is EXACTLY what I need. Thanks, Jody.

You know, it's funny how some tasks in your life are wonderful, short tasks. Like cleaning the refrigerator, for example. You spend a couple of ours, see results, and pat yourself on the back. Mission accomplished. Then other things like raising children takes years and years before you have any clue if you're doing it well. Writing a novel iskind of like that. It feels good as you're going, but then you're never quite sure how it's going to read at the end. I need more short-term tasks. Not that I love to clean the fridge, but I need more tasks in my life that give me feedback in a reasonable amount of time.

One of the things I love about OM is the cyclical nature of it. They get a problem, they work on it, they solve it, then it's over again until next year. Like when we were in school, June was, like, "Whew, I did it." Then it started over the next year, but you still got that "Whew I did it" moment. I need some "Whew I did it" MOMENTS instead of so many wait and sees and pray for the best.

Well, love you guys. My fingers are cramping from all the writing today prior to this entry. Give me some good ideas for some "Whew I did it" moments, and have a great week.

1 comment:

Dorothy said...

Know exactly what you mean because I'm in the same place right about now. I want to sweep the floor, anything to complete the task. You know some people are task oriented and some can work happily on an assembly line day in day out.

Today "I did it," Made Brunswick stew for the very first time, re-created from a recipe that feeds thousands to one for a family of two and a freezer for extra.
Last night "I did it," went to the beach to see the full moon rise, met on the deck of the club six people, two were old neighbors and their friends were stepson's old good friend and wife, and two were church members--she an artist. How fun was that? In afternoon I visited with a friend from years ago who stopped by and we talked about incidents I'd forgotten. "I did it," wasted the whole day doing everything but writing. And that easel is looking mighty enticing these days. With a painting, well eventually anyway, you sign your name and can say, "I did it."

Isabel by Donna Jones Koppelman

Isabel by Donna Jones Koppelman

Major Bear at the Grove Park Inn by Donna Jones Koppelman

Major Bear at the Grove Park Inn by Donna Jones Koppelman