Did you miss me? Maybe just a little? I haven’t written in over a week, you know.
I have a good excuse for being gone. Remember when I mentioned that I joined a writing group and I sent out my first piece to them? Despite my intention when joining that they would help me with my Mississippi novel, that’s not what I sent out.
A couple weeks ago I dreamt of a scene for my novel. Except that it made absolutely no sense in my novel. I tried to forget about it, but I really couldn’t. It was just there, so incredibly present and persistent. A few days later, I laid down in bed to just relax a bit while Addie napped. I was just falling into that space in between sleep and waking, when I was startled awake by a realization: the scene from my dream didn’t make sense in my Mississippi novel because it belongs in an entirely different novel. A dystopian, somewhat science-fiction-ish trilogy, to be exact.
The background and grand arc of the entire trilogy came to me at that moment, and I jumped out of bed, opened my laptop, and wrote furiously for the rest of Addie’s nap, desperately trying to get it all down. Since then, I’ve written about 15,000 words of the first book. Every time I’ve been able to sit down at my computer, I’ve written. Which has left me little time for blogging.
Those first heady days of write, write, write are behind me now. I’ve had a busy week, between finally seeing the fashion show that I’ve been helping to plan for the last several months come to fruition and having our great friends in town for four days. I’ve talked about my new project with basically everyone that I see. I’ve had a little time to reflect on it. And now I’m writing about it here.
I’m a little scared of it, to be honest. It has a life of its own. While writing scenes, things happen that I had no idea were going to happen. They surprise me, take me unawares, and I don’t know what they’re going to lead to. The story seems to have a life of its own, as though it’s just using me to get out into the world. It’s an amazing feeling, but also a bit overwhelming.
Now that I’ve written about it here, I expect to be back to blogging in full force. Well, to the extent that’s possible in combination with a furiously inspired writing schedule. So maybe not full, full force. But I’m here. And I hope you are too!