Thursday, December 28, 2017

Forms of light

I am plugging away at my proposal, winning ground every day. The time crunch is a problem, but the manuscript editing job that is backing into the proposal seems to be delayed, the writer not yet done with the composing. I am grateful for these few extra days of grace. 

I did another interview with my subject that yielded such treasure, and now I just have to figure out the book's chapter outline, since it's not a simple forward-leaning narrative. It's more like personal anecdotes leading to hard-won prescriptive wisdom. I'm not naturally prescriptive in my thought processes, so this is proving tricky to figure out. I concentrate on getting a little further along each day, like the high beams on a car picking out the road immediately ahead in a lake of night. Even though the driver can't see but a few feet of the journey at a time, eventually the car gets to its destination. 

Perhaps I will go and work in that cafe on my block where morning sun pours through the blue-framed doors and brightens the painted sunflowers. Maybe today I will try to navigate in daylight. I'm missing my house buddy, who's back at work. In the four months he was home recovering, his presence grounded me and made me content as I worked. Now it's just me, at the mercy of household distractions, not to mention careening thoughts. Yeah, maybe this is a get out into the world sort of day. 

8 comments:

  1. If I had a cafe like that down the street, I would be far more apt to go out into the world of humans.
    The writing sounds intriguing at the very least.

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  2. I am always interested to hear about your writing process. And yes, it will be different not to have your husband around after so many months. Good luck with the writing.

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  3. Love the headlight analogy. You are so incredibly talented and you will figure it out.

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  4. Did you get out? How was it? You always describe things so elegantly...I always see my writing as a messy task that somehow gets done, distractions and all. It seems to take on a life of its own despite me. I like the car headlight analogy.

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  5. That cafe looks like a good option. I'd be there for sure!

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  6. You take lovely photos as well as writing. I admire your ability to write and persevere which I'm guessing is the secret to writing, perseverance. The café looks like a lovely place to hang out.

    I like it when my hubby is home too.

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  7. Like Birdie, I love that headlight analogy as well. Quite beautifully evocative. That cafe looks like a wonderful place to contemplate the manuscript.

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  8. You will find out where you going, I am certain. You have direction.

    Lovely cafe but I would be distracted all the time, watching people, listening, day dreaming.

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