Well….the thought was good, anyway! New resolutions, starting well before the beginning of the New Year: Get busy on a new book proposal right away after finishing the final round of edits on the last one. Dive right in.
Obviously, I’d been a tad optimistic–figuring that I’d certainly be perfectly peppy after surgery in December, that I’d handle all of the Christmas preparations just fine. Company? Shopping? Cards and baking, and writing? Well, no problem. Right? :)
I hadn’t factored in major troubles with not only my desktop, but also my laptop computer. How in the world did that happen?! I took this photo today and as you can see, something is still missing on that desk. Aack! The elderly laptop is finally back home and mostly functional, but I fear it’s still not entirely trustworthy– the little spinning beachballs signaling potential doom still appear on the screen now and then, but I have high hopes of having the desktop computer home from the repair shop and humming away on my desk, maybe by the end of the week. And then I can get really get back to work!
Though I know many prolific authors who write only on a laptop, after some 24 years of writing, there’s just something right about that nice big desktop screen, with all of my plotting materials spread out on the desk, that really helps me think. Not to mention that my office is very quiet, far away from knocks on the door, or evenings when my husband is bustling around or watching sports on TV. I’ve always thought my friend, inspirational author Lyn Cote, is simply amazing, because she can work perfectly well with commotion all around her (a skill she honed while chasing toddlers around while writing on a notepad) while I need quiet. Absolute quiet. Rather like our oldest son, an engineer, who went back to college while their three kids were small. He had to go outside to their travel trailer to study. He called it his “fortress of solitude” which still makes me chuckle….and wish I had one, too!
How about you? Whether on the job or working at home, or when writing–if you are a writer–do you have certain objects or places, or routines that you need to most successfully utilize a block of time?
Wishing you a wonderful, healthy and successful year in 2017,
PS: Almost forgot–there will be a drawing from the names of those who leave a comment, for an e-copy of An Aspen Creek Christmas (with themes of animal rescue and adopting a child), or the Sweet Christmas Kisses 2016 anthology, or another one of my books, if the winner chooses