Good morning! Welcome to this writer’s workspace. Here’s what’s happening liiiiiiiiiiiiiive at Miranda’s desk:
What I’m working on: One word for you all today: NOVEL. Must finish the first draft. Now that summer’s rolling along and I no longer have even the minor time pressures of my day job, I’ve decided to enforce a daily word count. 1500 a day and not a word less. Most days I’ll get more, but if I don’t force myself to do at least this much I might get swallowed whole by the gaping maw of excuses (e.g. “I’ve got all the time in world,” “I’ll start writing after I view every Netflix watch-instantly movie from the 1980’s,” “Maybe I should clean out my closet/bookshelf/pantry/magazine rack again?” “Oh! Is that the ice cream truck I hear?”). So, the novel and at least 1500 words. Go.
Snippet from the screen: “Dinner was a blur; Nick barely knew what he ate. Music rolled over them in waves, crashing gently across the room. He drank bourbon. She had champagne. They talked, telling each other stories about their lives, sharing secrets, leaning in across the table.”
On the iTunes: Rolling in the Deep, by Adele
Keeping me company: Mr. Ramses has been shunning me lately. Whenever the hubby is out of town (as he is now), it becomes abundantly clear that Ramses prefers him vastly and actually might even hate me. He appears only to imperiously demand food and play time (then looks at me disinterestedly once I actually get the toys out), or to bite me. Good times around here, folks!
In my mug: Ceylon tea, slightly over-steeped and a little bitter. But who am I kidding? Of course I’ll drink it all.
Out my window: 95 degrees and sunny, as if God had taken a magnifying glass, held it down towards Brooklyn, and said “ROAST LITTLE PRIMATES, ROAST!” The window A/C units are gasping like marathon runners in the final mile and it’s only 9am.
A little procrastination never hurt anyone: (except, as noted above, me). But, nevertheless… Check out Chuck Wendig on when to quit writing over at Terrible Minds. It seems sleepless nights as a new dad have only spurred him to more humorous heights. Or, if you prefer something a bit more serious, the lovely Mary Robinette Kowal has joined the team at Writing Excuses; go listen to their latest podcast on creativity.
Better yet, head to the comments and tell me what you’re up to today, what links you’d like share, or how blisteringly hot it is where you are.
Then go write. Seriously.