Horror! One of you thinks I’m mean and lazy! Okay, probably a lot more of you think that, but only one of you was brave enough to say it to my face. Or to my poll…that I created with that answer as an option.
Well, I wasn’t trying to be mean, and it wasn’t pure laziness. I need to stop making excuses for periodically not having my head on straight, because I’m beginning to think that’s just my default state. I am naturally bewildered and confused, and my short bursts of lucidity and productivity are the exceptions, not the norm.
However, fall is upon us here in New England, and it’s even more difficult to stay cooped up inside during the beautiful, sunny, golden afternoons than it is in the summer, when the heat can be a deterrent.
I love autumn with a passion, even though I can’t stand anything pumpkin flavored. I know, I know. I keep trying to enjoy it, but I just can’t. Give me some apple cider and a whiff of Thanksgiving, though, and I’m as happy as can be.
On one of these lovely days last week, I went to the zoo. Why? Because I felt like it, and it’s a slightly healthier expression of my independent adulthood than having ice cream for breakfast. Besides, I finally got to see (and take a few quick photos of) the snow leopard, so that was more than worth the price of admission.
I was very pleased. I’m also pleased to be slowly yet continually chipping away at SZK, although I think for NaNoWriMo this year, I really just want to clear my head and write a story that isn’t predestined: one I can just take and run with, like I did with TLDTC. It’s such a different process, and I really enjoy letting a story go free much, much more than trying to squeeze everything into a plot that’s been half-written already. I may have mentioned that I was thinking of turning The Earthstepper’s Bargain into a full-length work, so that’s a possibility, or it may be something completely new and different. Who knows.
So things are still percolating in my little brain, even if they’ve been staying tucked in there for the time being. I’m also in the middle of helping another project come to life – a poetry volume written by a friend of mine – so stay tuned for an announcement about that in a couple of weeks. Busy, busy.