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Miranda: Results for week #1

Chapter 2, first draft completeWell, I’m amazed, but I finished Chapter 2. Finished to the point of sending it to one of my readers. I’d told myself I’d need two weeks for each chapter, but since there is already a good amount of draft in Chapter 3, I’m going to set next Friday as my deadline for its completion.

Meanwhile I’ve been doing a lot of surfing, reading the blogs of other creative women and writers. So many people are doing such cool things! It always inspires. I especially enjoyed the two blogs MartaWrites and On-My-Desk. Got me thinking about keeping a visual journal, and taking more pictures of my kids with my new (good) camera.

I also managed to spend at least an hour poring through Google images for the perfect picture for my laptop’s desktop. I really don’t know how I am able to waste so much precious time doing nearly nothing.

My dilemma for the week: keeping up my momentum. The weekend looks full of errands, and I’m worried that I’ll fritter away naptime on Saturday and Sunday (doing dumb things like searching for the ultimate photo of Edith Wharton). I’d like to do a bit of cross-pollinating this weekend–finish a painting I started last spring, or do some graphic journaling–and of course, get busy on Chapter 3. But I need to write thank-you notes and work on cleaning out the basement, on top of the usual domestic tidal wave. My best defense is usually trying to create a schedule for the weekend, so that I have time for myself before it all gets swallowed up. Then, even though the schedule is likely to get thrown off at some point, at least I have a lighthouse to swim toward.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. Congratulations on completing chapter two, Miranda! Is your nonfiction MS on Edith Wharton? I love her fiction, and what an interesting life she led.

    Good luck with your creations, as well as “the usual domestic tidal wave.”

    January 6, 2008
  2. Thanks, Mary Louisa! It’s so nice to have your support. The topic of my book includes, in part, the premise of this blog. “A Mother’s Guide to the Creative Life” is a practical handbook for women seeking to fold more time for creativity into their lives, while enjoying their families and domestic life. By interviewing different women at various stages of creative satisfaction, I discovered that there are a number of simple things we can do to boost creative productivity, without sacrificing our kids to the paintbrush, so to speak.

    I see from your own blog, http://yesidomind.blogspot.com/, that you have kids too. How do you feel about the state of your creativity?

    January 6, 2008
  3. Sorry I’m coming to this late. Congrats on finishing Chapter 2! Don’t feel so bad about goofing off. I really think we need “brain breaks” like that. I don’t know why but as long as it’s done in moderation (whether limiting ourselves to 20 minutes a day, or once a week or month) I don’t think it’s a problem.

    As for momentum, I too struggle with that. I try to use the time to let my subconscious chew on something, either a problem I have to solve via writing, or a direction I want the writing to go in. How did your weekend go?

    January 6, 2008

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