Anytime I’m away from constant writing, returning to the routine is extremely difficult for me. Take this recent move, for instance. We were notified on Sept. 28 that we were moving to a first floor apartment in October. We’d been waiting for over a year for a ground floor unit. Here it was—no warning.
The thing that ticked us off was that management knew two weeks prior to our notification. We were going to have a week to get packed and get ourselves moved. Thankfully, Sister Jo has many young, healthy friends at college who were more than happy to help in our efforts. When the next Friday came, so did our helpers and the entire apartment’s contents were transferred to the new apartment in two hours flat.
Everyone was cheerful, no complaining, no slacking. They were fantastic people, including two of our neighbors who helped out. We couldn’t have asked for a swifter and more congenial move.
The next week we unpacked, put things away, and generally got as much back to business as possible. There were hitches in the situation, as always. All of the rooms are a hair smaller than those we’d had before, and everything was in reverse of where we were accustomed. We had to rearrange and reconfigure what we would keep in the house more than we’d done before.
I’m still waiting to put my files together since I had to stack my file cabinets into one side of the closet and must find a brace to prevent collapse. My work area is half the space I’d had previously, which means more sorting and storage in the garage. I can’t find things when I need them.
We’ve all gone through this process and it’s seldom easy. The hardest part, though, seems to be revving up the mind-set for writing after being off the job for three weeks.
A friend from Canada came to visit for several days. She returned home on Monday. Nothing got created during that time having to do with writing, but the laughter and memories were enough for us at the time.
Now writing must come first again. Stories and poems need to be finished, edited, and submitted as often as possible until November 1. I need to get back into my course work and try to catch up to where I should be.
Yes, I’ve been slacking. I admit it. Life happens and one must do the necessary things first before those that take up calendar space.
NaNoWriMo begins November first. Two days before that is the local gathering at a local watering hole of those risking sanity with that challenge. November is also Poetic Asides PAD Challenge of writing a poem a day for the creation of a chapbook of poetry to send for publication.
My particular challenge is all of the above while also getting back to regular posting on Two Voices, One Song. Wish me luck. I’m going to need all the good fortunate I can create for myself in the next few months.
Please stop in and leave a comment with those challenges you’re facing in your writing or creative process right now. Commiseration is always easier in a group.