I’d love to report that my little beach vacation was amazing but I kind of ruined it.
I took my wife to Savannah because she wanted to go to SCAD’s Gryphon tea room. We had parked in a garage near River Street and were going to walk to the establishment. After exiting the garage, I went to check my wife’s phone to get the directions to the place. Like an idiot, I was walking while I did so.
I didn’t see the pothole until it was too late.
My ankle turned rather sharply as I stepped into it and I went full force down onto my knee. I got to my feet as my wife sprang over to me. Of course, the first the I was worried about was my wife’s phone. It wasn’t cracked, thankfully. My ankle hurt like Hades and my knee? Well, it looked like raw hamburger meat. Extra bloody. Needless to say, we had to take care of that before going to the tea room.
Gryphon was a cool place, in case you’re curious. I’m sure we’ll go there again. Unfortunately, my tea wounds kept me from walking or going into the ocean for a whole day. Brilliant!
NOTE: Don’t walk and Google Maps at the same time.
One of the bad things about coming back from vacation is having to catch up at work. That’s what this week was about. It didn’t slow down any while I was out, sadly.
I will say that I managed to make it into a Starbucks for the first time in over four weeks! I used that opportunity to finalize all my character and story arcs for my novel. Whew!
That meant I was ready to write.
I tried to repurpose my purple Moleskine to be an all-around writing notebook rather than my poetry notebook. Yeah, NO. My insides screamed. Poetry only. Got it.
I tried typing in Word, Scrivener and Focus Writer. Yeah, that wasn’t working either.
I tried to go digital longhand using my Surface and Surface pen. Nope. I wasn’t feeling it that either, though longhand did do better for me.
I’ve written the opening paragraph, but I honestly need to figure out how this thing wants to be written. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a longhand draft kind of thing but what’s the medium? Why am I so quirky?
A New Hashtag
There are some writers who can churn out 2,000+ words a day, even those who work full-time. Heck, many of those same writers can churn out 1,000 in just under an hour.
That isn’t me. Nowhere close!
My average word count per hour is around 500 words, and sometimes not even that high. I think that’s because I have to see what happens in my head before I write it.
For the longest time, I thought I was alone in that. It turns out I’m not! I found an awesome hashtag on Twitter called #turtlewriters. They’re a wonderful group of people. If you’re a writer and you write slow, come join us!
Holy cow! I can’t believe I managed to get through yet another book. I finished Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger. Awesome book, by the way.