Michaeline: Fallow

Sheaves of wheat, covered in snow

“January” by Grant Wood, via Wikimedia Commons

Fallow, fallow, wallow, swallow. Swallows of Capistrano, and soon it’ll be spring again.

LOL, forgive me. I’m a bit out of practice. I haven’t written a darn thing since January 30th. I cooked and cleaned for the New Year, and then I took a break. I slept. Oh, lordy, I slept! I went to bed early, I woke up late, I took naps, and even now, I’m looking at the bed in the corner of my spare bedroom and thinking a power nap might help me write a fabulous post for the new year. I recognize the perfect post is an illusion, and keep writing.

When I’ve been up, I’ve been reading. My goodness, having a pair of reading glasses is making a difference! I read two Wiseman books about the group dynamics of teens – teens are the best drama generators in the world, so I figured it might be a helpful dash of fertilizer to my fallow, fallow brain. My conscious mind isn’t doing much with Queen Bees and Masterminds; I think the best thing to do with pop psychology is to read it, and let the subconscious mind sort it all out, and bring out the useful bits in a story. I’m also reading a lot of Captain Awkward’s advice columns, so when the advice collides with a likely character, I’ll be ready to capture the whole thing down with my pen and paper.

I’m not quite ready to get back to work (see above paragraph about the siren song of the bedsheets). Monday is a public holiday, so I think I’m going to sleep some more, and read some more, and then catch up on my internet obligations. By then, I should be raring to go back to my old story, or maybe a new story, and turn my thoughts into readable words, and be able to share them with others.

I feel very naughty and indulgent, but sometimes, it’s a good idea to spoil yourself. Isn’t it? We’ll see, come Tuesday morning!

In the meantime, I hope 2018 is treating you all well, and bringing you many things to think about and wonder about.

4 thoughts on “Michaeline: Fallow

  1. Get your rest, Michaeline! We’ll still be here when you’ve caught up on your sleep. 🙂 And we all know that backing away from our projects for a bit replenishes the well as well as gives us new perspectives. So it’s all to the good.

    • (-: I feel a lot better, although I also feel like I’d like about five more days of lazing around. I was starting to tackle some projects that had been on the backburner Monday. Then I stayed up late reading a romance (Loretta Chase, The Last Hellion — I’m only half way through it), so I’m back in Sleepy Mode.

  2. Rest is so important to the creative process! When I took Jen Louden’s Get Your Scary Shit Done course, there was a week-long module dedicated to exploring rest, how it feeds creativity, how to recognize necessary rest versus slacking off due to fear or anxiety. It was one of the most difficult modules for me, so of course she made me dig down into that. I have a fear of not knowing how to back to work after a break – it takes way too long and I have lots of false starts. But it’s so necessary to avoid burnout!

    I hope you get some good rest and emerge from your cocoon as a beautiful, creative butterfly! Sweet dreams :-).

    • Oh, yes. Getting back into gear can be tough. What if I’m stuck in slow mode? But, by the end of my long rest, I was getting some stuff done. I’m planning to hibernate this weekend, too, and see if that helps me go full-bore during the week — eight hours of work, eight hours for me, and eight hours of sleep.

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