Friday, April 26, 2013

Bunny Trail aka Tangent

The progress on my novel has slowed because I have less time these days. However, that is not the only reason. I've been taking the time to go down a "Bunny Trail" as some would call it to explore a repeated theme of my story. I started to think maybe this Trail held some insights for my characters and for me. As it turns out, I was right.

I've written before about how stories are not always about what happens in the main action. In writing, what is read is often a clever way of telling a more honest, heartfelt story in less frightening terms. Well, on my "Bunny Trail" I have tried to push away all the clever overtones and just be honest, real. I can't say its especially well written but there is a freedom to it, an enjoyment of allowing my characters and myself to say what's on our hearts.

Yet, it leaves me feeling vulnerable to be this real which is why I think so many stories have more than one layer and context. So I will finish my novel eventually. Hopefully before another year passes. That story will be for you. And my "Bunny Trail" which will aid in the tell of that story will be for me. Unless I become bold and less self protective before all is written.

Hmm, I think I have already said to much... A theme which is close to my heart must not be that far from my words either. Good to know.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Promotion

About three weeks ago, I was promoted at work. Its been a challenge and logistical nightmare in some respects and ridiculously fun in others. While it has slowed my own writing projects, it has opened my eyes to others.

I was nervous about taking on a job which would limit my writing time because I figured it might drain my creativity as well. But this job has only impacted one aspect while expanding so many more. I thought of myself as somewhat creative but this has been even beyond my imagination, which I love.
 I am working to write and develop communications for my work and that has stretched how I think about what I say. I have also had the chance to take pictures and think of media importance. These are things I never thought I would be a part of before this. 

I have been blessed by the glimmer of possibility that my hobby and my work could become one. Not just yet but maybe in the future.

So my second draft may take a little longer to finish but the experience I am trading that  for is worth it, for the time being. It's all part of the process and I needn't be afraid of where it leads.