One of my first blogs burst with ambition about finishing my book….that was on July 10th. However, July passed, August passed and so did September. What did I accomplish on the book? Not as much as I had hoped. Uh, very little.
I felt guilty that I was so enjoying this retirement freedom and not working on the book. What did I accomplish? Only feeling guilty…
“Hey, you! Come wash me,” say the dirty towels, sheets and clothing. So many voices call your name when you are writing a book.
“Attention!” shouts my Kindle. “There’s a new book here. Time to read–that’s what you do best.”
“Now, now. Calm down, Marguerite, You are RETIRED. You have the rest of your life to finish that book,” she whispers seductively. That particular retirement voice is a she-devil.
But, I got up today and read and reread the first chapter. I jotted down notes. I made decisions about what to delete, what to rewrite, what to move around. I sent out e-mails to the people who had helped me with the information so that they would know that their help had not been in vain.
Oh! It was great to find out that I still l am bonded to the main character and her family in the early sixties in Trenton. I got upset with the news. Bad news–Dad is taking them away from their Trenton neighborhood, school and friends to live in Revolutionary Cuba. Who could resist writing that book?
From the three-inch binder filled with the rough draft and notes came another voice. “Well, HELLO! Welcome back. Get cracking.”
And, I did and I am in love again with the rough draft/book/whatever I call it….
Away with guilt. Replacing it with lots of hard work… Can’t keep doing household chores, reading and whatever else I’m doing in retirement…
Marguerite Ferra, Cramer Hill
P.S. Mom’s 90th little birthday celebration turned out well and she enjoyed the cards, gifts and the cake. Above all, the cake. Kudos to Wegman’s….their cakes are Number One!
P.P.S. I would like to plug the blog, livingwithleigh.wordpress.com, and a workshop of my writer friend, email@example.com
Writer Leigh MacKelvey is doing a free workshop at the Gloucester County Library ( Mullica Hill) on November 3 from 7 – 9 pm. ” Turn Your Memory into Poem or Story.”