The writing day is just beginning after hours of working in the real world where they pay me real money.
I've found that real money can be very useful. For example, say you want a double shot Mexican Mocha, just to pull something from my thinking cap. They want real money for it. The one time I gave them imaginary money at the Beanery, they supplied me with an imaginary drink.
It grew old after taking a few imaginary sips and not noticing any imaginary effects.
Yesterday and last night was all about studying the effects of stresses and boundaries on my writing productivity. It was a desultory study, confirming what I suspected: I like my habits and routines. Cats meowing and trying to turn my lap into their personal nests and a sick, coughing wife are intrusions to said habits and routines. I was sympathetic to wives and cats but the flaming ass of a writer is jealous of his team and self-centered about his needs.
See, he's not just writing, he says. It's a need.
Walking to the B today, the Writer was excited. Idling during the storms and outages had inflamed his thinking and imagination. He had four things to add to one story -- "See, and there are shapeshifters, and the memories he has are not his memories because that's not who he is, and there's still the flight -- there's so much to write, we have to get going, come on, come on. Then, in the other story, Heavenly realized this so you need to go back and add just that one piece, and also, while they're in the school's hallway, Blubbering Bob starts losing it, so we need to edit that sequence, just a little fluffing of the details, that's all I'm asking. Meanwhile, I was thinking about a sequel to 'Red & Blue'. We should write that, too."
He's like a little kid. "Just exactly how many hours in the day do you think there are, Michael?"
"I know, I know, but you can squeeze in a few extra hours of writing. Just do that for a couple days, and you'll have a few more stories. Come on, I swear to God, it'll be easy. I promise."
That's a writer for you, full of promise and other matter.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com