Writing the ship
August 14, 2008
Writing the ship
In case you didn't look at the staff box, my role at Maui Time has changed from Associate Editor to contributor. This means a few things: I'm not hunkered down in my office five to six days a week, I have a hell of a lot of free time and I'm not ignoring your emails. For the most part, I just haven't gotten them.
Naturally, while still working, I'd fantasize about long, productive days of furthering my writing career and finishing my novel. I think I left my character in the bathroom tending to her boyfriend's injured foot while a Master Vampire sucks the life out of women across the island and her best friend has decided to shack up with a pack of renegade werewolves.
The reality has been different. I feel like I've lost my groove. I feel like a speedy little racecar tearing up the track only to come to a smoking halt after its emergency break was pulled.
I feel like my life is pretty pointless.
So, today, I'm taking a stand to change my attitude and work habits here at home.
-Write a chapter a day. Even if I no longer think vampires are cool.
-Do what I set out to do in the first place.
-Go three 3-minute rounds on the punching bag and remember to breathe.
-Be nice to the kids even though they make me want to run away to Mexico.
-Take those three huge bags full of clothes down to Women Helping Women.
-Groom. A little.
-Draw something other than stick figures hanging themselves from the rafters.
-Get out of my sweatpants and wife beater at least three times a week.
-Query. Query. Query. Magazines that pay a dollar a word.
-Remember that I am in control and that thoughts become things.
-Spend more than an hour a day shopping on eBay.
-Spend more than $40 a day shopping on eBay.
-Stalk the mail carrier.
-Waste the entire afternoon reading about how some celebrity is cheating with a redheaded waitress who's young enough to be his daughter.
-Google image search "two-headed puppy" or "heath herring naked" anymore.
-Read through MMA, designer jean or parenting forums for more than 15 minutes at a time.
-Get loaded and sit on the deck in my bikini before noon.
-Stay depressed over a decision that is the right thing at the right time for the right reason.
-And most of all, I'll stop eating green bean and bacon casserole for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's hell on thighs. MTW
Starr Begley has had lots of time to colon cleanse.
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