When I come off of one these writing jags, it feels rather like running up the stairs and not realizing you've made it to the top. I look around the house and discover a bleeding mess. I look in the mirror and discover that my beard has advanced beyond the razor-wired Maginot line of my indifferent maintenance. I wonder why the laundry hasn't been done, then remember that a) I live alone; and b) I haven't been doing the laundry.
My IRL friends will tell you how distracted and generally unfocused, even inattentive, I become when I'm in manuscript mode. A book sort of eats my brain, and that's almost the most fun I can have. But as all good things must come to an end, eventually I must recover equilibrium.
So tonight's writing activities consisted of a bunch of house-cleaning and maintenance of various sorts, along with Con prep, packing and whatnot. Given that I'm leaving town tomorrow for nine days, this seems like as good a time as any, because I'd sure hate to come back to this mess.
|Originally published at jlake.com.|