Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Writing can be a solitary endeavor with lots of time spent dressed in sweat pants and a t-shirt in front of a computer screen. The activity is frequently called BICHOK -- Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard. It's just you and the story. You and the characters -- characters who sometimes get minds of their own and wander off where you don't want them to go.

And you sit there in your sweats and t-shirt, with no make-up and your hair pulled back in a ponytail or pushed back with a headband, mindlessly snacking on cheese doodles or jelly beans or microwave popcorn while you and you alone try to figure out how to tame these characters and make them behave.


That's how most writers spend a lot of their time.  And that's what I thought of when I snapped photos of these flowers one day.

All alone.  The only one seeing what you see.  The only one hearing these characters. 

The.  Only.  One.

Do you ever get the feeling you're the only one out there?

P.S.  We'd like everyone to join us today for a birthday celebration.



Cheryl said...

Yes, I do. I am alone most of the time anyway so it doesn't really bother me. I write a bit and then get up to wander around and talk to myself while I munch on Cheetos.

Happy Birthday SP!!

Julie Miller said...

Happy Birthday, Andrea!

Stephanie Jones AKA Alicia Pace said...

Happy Birthday, Smarty Pants!

I hope this next year is even more fabulous than the last one was!

Andrea Laurence AKA Smarty Pants said...

Thanks, everyone. I read somewhere that thirty-three is the year most people say they were the happiest. I wouldn't know, since I'm only 22, but I'll keep that in mind when the time comes! :)

catslady said...

Happy Birthday!! Have a wonderful day.