Monday, March 06, 2006
I know, we just get you used to having a Monday blog from Angel, only to show up today and find me here. But I got an emergency call from Angel asking me to do today’s blog because she’s having keyboard issues.
Well, by "issues" I mean she dumped half a glass of iced tea on her keyboard and fried it. For those of you outside of the former Confederacy, yes, we do drink iced tea year round. And most times, that tea is sweet. So not only did she combine liquid and technology, she added sugar to the mix to really gum up the works.
I get to tease her endlessly about this… and since she can download and read email, but not respond to anything, there’s also the added benefit of getting to say provocative things on the Playfriends email loop and she won’t be able to respond. HeHeHe.
This'll be fun until she gets a new keyboard. Then I'm in trouble...
So we'll just move on to my blog post.
Spring seems to be springing in Alabama. It’s warm enough most days for me to actually venture outside, and I’ve been forcefully reminded of how much I’ve let the yard work slide during my winter hibernation. My neighbors are already putting us to shame by cleaning up their yards, so I may be forced to do something about ours soon.
Just in case you haven’t figured this out yet, I’m not exactly what you’d call an outdoor kind of girl. I don’t like to sweat, I don’t like bugs, and I burn when left in the sun for longer than 15 minutes. I don’t do outdoor sports. If I must be outside, I prefer to be in a hammock with a book and a glass of lemonade while Darling Geek fans me gently with a large palm frond. (Unfortunately, Darling Geek won’t do that very often.)
I hate outdoor labor of any variety, but I resent it a lot when I’m forced to leave the computer and my current WIP behind to do something as horrible as yard work. While I’ve heard of other writers who can plot their books while mindlessly weeding, I have to keep an eye on Amazing Child if I don’t want my lilies pulled up with the weeds. No plotting time for me.
(Hey, if anyone finds yard work to be fun, relaxing, or rewarding, let me know. I’d be happy to turn my yard over to your knowing, talented green thumbs.)
But since I’ve been avoiding my WIP lately, maybe the arrival of spring is a good thing. No matter how frustrated I get with the huge plot hole, no matter how much I decide my heroine is too stupid to live and my alpha hero has turned into an overbearing jerk, dealing with the problems in my WIP still beats yard work any day. Now I can avoid the weeds by working on this book. So that’s a good thing.
It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?
What can you avoid today? Better yet, what can you put off until tomorrow so you can spend that time on your WIP?