Set Backs and Forging Ahead
The weather is crappy here in Maine and I don’t mean normal Maine crappy (tons of snow). Rather is is rainy and blustery, cool but not cold. I should be thrilled. This is EXACTLY the type of weather when writing is a great fireside activity.
But I’ve been procrastinating and not writing.
Instead, I finished canning some tomato sauce I actually started in August. It’s been frozen since September (the second time). Actually, finishing up sauce over the wood stove was great and I’m thinking I might be freezing tomatoes to can during the winter months more often. Especially when I get my REAL wood cook stove. Hopefully next year . . . !
But it isn’t just finishing up four month old tasks that ate my time. I admittedly have been playing a Myst like game that Raven installed on my iPad. I’ve looked at Rule of Fire a couple of times and just about always but it away. Heck, I’m writing this now instead of writing it.
What is wrong with me?
Well it isn’t just winter blues, which I did have in abundance until a few days ago. What is specifically bothering me about writing is that I lost 10 chapters to my novel.
Yeah, I can’t quite believe that either. But it is true. I write a lot on my iPad and it had been acting funky. Raven did a back-up and then an update, hoping that would fix the glitches. Well, one of the glitches turns out to have been in Pages and was a flaw all the way into the back up. I lost Everything since an update back in August. Ugh
I can only blame myself as I hadn’t been making copies (email or otherwise) and I do know better. I’ve tried to keep my chin up. I’ve dived back in to rewrite the lost chapters while they are fresh in my memory. Heck, I’ll even admit some of them were pretty weak, so I’m hoping the second time through shows some great improvement.
But there is no way around it. This hurts. Every time I get stuck, I find myself thinking “I already wrote this, I shouldn’t be floundering with it again!” It takes me a bit to get over it and move on. I know with the days off I have with the holiday, I could actually catch up to where I was by New Years. Ten chapters equals approximately 80 pages, all already thought out previously. I should be able to breeze through this.
Okay, pep talk over. I need to live up to my belief that what really reveals a person’s character is how they choose to respond to adversity. I’ve got to get my butt writing.