Now that the Clarion West Write-a-thon is over, my writing goals revolve around finishing a couple more stories that didn’t quite get done in those six weeks, and moving forward on the revisions of my novel Chameleon in a Mirror again. As I reported earlier in the week, I had a mild case of burnout, and later in the week, my time got waylaid by grandmother duties. This is not a complaint. Somewhere or another I read a writing goal that really resonated with me, “tempering ambition with a balanced life.” Unfortunately, I don’t remember where it’s from so I can’t give credit, but one thing I know, my family is part of my balanced life, as weird and patchwork as it is. And as exhausting as she can sometimes be, my granddaughter gives me so much joy, it makes up for a lot of the frustration and rejection that comes with being a writer. A year and a half, and she says, “Ach so!” in exactly the right tone of voice after being told how her daddy borrowed Grandpa’s car to go to Berlin. It’s a moment of laughter. Like when she points to the blackberry stains on her bib and says “Erdbeer” (German for strawberry, but it’s her default word for berries). Or that her default word for dog is “goggie” rather than “Hund”, even though her linguistic environment is at least 90% German.
So anyway, besides the babysitting and other life stuff, I got about 50 pages revised on my Aphra Behn time travel novel, and 1400 words done on stories in progress.
Life is good.