DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
I surprise myself over the holiday. I do a little reorganization in my home office. Rearrange my bookcase, file away the books and papers from the completed CNF classes, putting current projects close at hand, and so on. I grab a new project folder for the first article I want to publish, label it, and as I turn to put it on the shelf I thought, “Let’s just see what’s out there, just get a little taste of the project, enough to really get the motor running.”
I already have a roadmap in mind: lots of research, interviews, pictures, and footwork. I receive tremendous feedback from my last instructor, a lens through which I can focus more clearly. What I don’t know yet is how long it would take to complete. All I want to do now is just see what a quick glance at Google tells me.
I peek into the rabbit hole, the ground under me gives way, and down I go. Four hours later, I have two pages of handwritten notes, several links and web pages copied to Evernote, a couple of YouTube videos marked, and I have to force my self to stop. I am supposed to be reorganizing. So, quicker than planned I’ve begun to gather material for the article. OK, I guess this is a good sign, and encouraging.
MUSCLE MEMORY CHALLENGE
Just about every book I’ve read about writing has one common recommendation: write, read, and write. Rinse and repeat. Or, as they describe it, develop my “writing muscle.” What I’m doing lately is posting comments to web articles. Getting in a little of both at the same time. The temptation I’m fighting is to start another blog. I want to keep this dedicated to my writing journey, but I know I’d like to follow up on my second blog idea, which lost out to this one as my initial foray into blogging. Trust me, the temptation is strong. Thankfully a quick glance at everything on my desk yells “Caution: Overload” and I come back to earth.
Still, there’s a lot of fun in the back and forth with people (especially sports and politics) and I find myself wishing I could preserve the dialog. Thus, the thought about following through with the second blog. Reading, writing, and preservation. Thank God blogging is cheap! Thank God I’m reminded I really don’t have the time. Thank God for knowing that somehow, someway, I might try anyway!!!!!