Confession: I finished editing a manuscript about a week and a half ago and I haven’t written a word since.
Well, I haven’t put anything to paper or screen. We’ve already discussed that writers are always working, and I do have a shiny new idea that I’m mulling over. When I sit down to write again, I have no idea if I’ll start working on the New Idea or pick up on another manuscript I’m 23,000 words into.
What I am doing are those pesky life things that I’ve pretty much ignored the past few months. While working on revisions, I made sure to add chores I could do later to a to-do list. Wow! I never realized how enormous the list had become.
Mostly, it’s home projects – painting and reorganizing. Weeding out things (you never know what you’ll find in closets, attics, or basements). But, some to-dos are bigger projects. I’m dreading some of them because it’s hotter than brimstone here in the south and I don’t do summer. Summer is my least favorite time of the year. It’s hot and miserable. I don’t like sweat running down my face. I hate what humidity does to my hair. Frying my legs on car seats isn’t my idea of fun. I don’t like taking the time to rub in lotion-based self-tanners just so I won’t blind aircraft with the brightness of my legs. Outside projects, like repainting the window sills, require me to be out when the sun is most brutal, or the evening when it’s at least down to a balmy eighty-something. Of course, that’s when the mosquitos are at their worst. Swatting at mosquitos while painting is NOT productive.
I really, really hate summer. I think I last enjoyed summer as a kid during summer break. There’s always something about being a kid in the summertime, don’t you think? *insert shiny new idea evil grin*
Anyway, all this infernal heat means I’m procrastinating working outside. Right now, there are a fair few things that should keep me busy inside. Painting still reigns at the top of the list, but so does redoing the bathroom shower grout, replacing some laminate in the basement, and a few other things. I’ve also started querying Reaper again. I had set querying aside since late spring to work on revisions to Souls.
All these projects give me time to listen to audio books and think about that shiny new idea – a story about youth, summer, an old house, lots of chilly drafts, and things you’d best not go looking for.