As some of you might have noticed, there are not a lot of short stories pouring over this site just yet with the challenge.
Actually, luckily for me, I had no other writing deadlines this fall either. Because writing anything has just about been impossible. So even novel deadlines would have been pushed back at this point.
In our master classes we taught things like this and called them “Life Rolls.” That basically means that life just flat says, “Nope, not writing now.”
This has nothing to do with some magical “writer think.”
Here is how you know you are dealing with a “life roll” instead of an excuse to not write.
The rule is simply this. If a boss at a day job would let me off, then I don’t write. Or if I would have called in sick to a job, I am too sick to write. Otherwise I write.
Kris has the same rule.
If I had a day job working in some office, most of the last seven weeks would have been personal leave or vacation time. I might have gotten in a few weeks of work, (as I managed) but mostly not.
After spending the last two weeks mostly out of town, deep in legal issues, death certificate issues, and packing more boxes than I want to remember, I am finally going back to work tomorrow. You all won’t see it here, but the fine writers attending the workshops here on the coast over the next week sure will. And honestly, I’m looking forward to it. I really, really want to get my mind back on writing again. And I might even get a story or two done along the way. We shall see.
The week after the workshop I’m back traveling again, both back to Eugene where my friend lived and also to Reno to try to find his van and get his other personal affairs in order down there. Then on to Boise and back here in early November.
And then my boss (me) will make me go to work hard and try to make up for lost time and missed work.
Let me tell you, I am so looking forward to that moment. Writing for a living, even under deadlines, is heaven compared to the last seven weeks.
I really want to get back to work.
Stay tuned, I’ll talk about some of this stuff later on. It’s been a wild trip.