Sunday, February 28, 2010

Excuses, excuses

I've been offline most of the week and will continue to be for a little while. I've been negligent in checking e-mail, commenting on blogs, posting on Facebook, and all the other little things I enjoy doing online.


Many reasons. A bad school week that's left me with a lot of need for introspection, which is hard to do when you're flitting around the Internet. A dog who keeps yo-yoing between sick and well and sick again. (He's well now -- but not quite himself -- still not sure we're completely back to normal. He threw up during the night -- first time in a week. He's going back to the vet in the morning.)

But I won't lie. The main reason I've been offline?

This work-in-progress.

On Throw Momma From the Train (one of the funniest writing movies ever), the main character's advice to the writing class he teaches is, "A writer writes. Always." Which is true, and not true, of me. Sometimes writing means reading. Sometimes it means interacting with other writers. Sometimes it means researching and learning all I can about this craft, this business, or some obscure fact I need for my latest novel.

But this week?

Writing means writing. Writing something very different from what I usually write, something so powerful it has already left me twice in tears and once in a fit of laughter -- and I'm only 10,000 words in. So if you don't hear from me for a while, I hope you'll forgive me. Hopefully someday you'll get to read why.


Jonathon Arntson said...

We, your followers, never even have to contemplate forgiveness. It's so far beyond that. You're a writer. Writing is what you should be doing. Go, now! Be a writer.

Now, I'll try and take my own advice.


You go girl and no apologies. I should be writing when I'm goofing off on the internet.
You've got the right idea. AND your story is working if it makes you laugh and cry. Great going.

Janet said...

I sometimes find my self on the internet too much, instead of writing. But I find so many helpful sights and learn a lot from some of them. I also like the friendship and understanding you get from other writers. Unlike some friends and family, they understand what it's like to be a writer.